10:36pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'X Factor's' Rachel Crow Lands Nickelodeon TV Deal, Columbia Records Contract
Rachel Crow may not have won X Factor, but she is now poised to make several dreams come true all at once.
She has scored a talent deal with Nickelodeon that includes starring in her own musical comedy series pilot. In addition, she has been signed by Sony Music-owned Columbia Records in partnership with her X Factor coach Simon Cowell’s company, Syco.
“It's been amazing,” Crow tells The Hollywood Reporter. “A couple days after the elimination I just found myself sitting home asking myself, ‘What am I going to do now?’ And I never would've thought that this is what I was going do now. So, it's pretty amazing. I'm very thankful and I feel very blessed to have all this.”
That isn’t all. Nickelodeon has also cast Crow in a recurring role on the network's new comedy series, Fred: The Show starring Lucas Cruikshank. She is already on-set shooting the role of Starr, an eccentric girl who acts and sings and, as her name indicates, wants to be famous. She will appear in at least five episodes airing in the spring.
“Rachel is an original,” Nickelodeon's Talent Strategy and West Coast Operations EVP Paula Kaplan says. “She’s funny, genuine and has raw talent and a passion for performing. We’re delighted to be home to her first acting project and think she is poised to join the ranks of our next generation of Nick stars.”
It may be a shock for fans to hear that the teen landed at Nick rather than Disney. Even while still competing in the Fox talent competition, reports spread that she was already in talks with Disney.
"It's definitely going to come as a surprise for a lot of people," she says. "I get asked on a daily basis from all my wonderful friends, 'So, Disney, huh?' It's hard to keep a secret, but it's really cool because now I'm happy to be able to share it with everyone."
The record deal with Columbia Records places Crow in the position to name some major stars as labelmates, including Beyonce, Adele, Celine Dione, and Barbra Streisand. She plans to begin work on her first album later this year.
"Columbia was awesome for me. This is the top, which is really cool," Crow says excitedly. "Beyonce and Adele. And I'm in the same family as them, which is really awesome."
As for the album she's planning to record, Crow says she wants her music to be "spunky and there's definitely gonna be some high notes in there. And it's just gonna be me."
The news of Crow's signing came the same day THR's sources tell us that runner-up Josh Krajcik is working on his debut album and has landed a deal with Sony, as well. Other Season 1 graduates who’ve locked down label deals at Sony include Chris Rene, Astro, Marcus Canty and, of course, winner Melanie Amaro who also pocketed $5 million.
The Colorado native, who was brought up by adoptive parents, became a fan favorite on the Fox competition for her ability to bring maturity and skill to songs that seemed beyond her young age. After an emotional elimination, she placed fifth overall in the competition. She says that she definitely learned a lot from the competition that she'll take with her into ther future projects.
“I'll remember to stay true to who you are and just be yourself, because if you don't, then you'll lose sight of the reason that you started,” she says of her biggest X Factor lesson. “All the experiences that I've had and all the things that I had to go through just to be here today, it makes me who I am. I think there's a song that says ‘All your scars make you who you are," you know, all the bad scars and the good scars.”
Crow is managed by Azoff, Geary, Paul, Smith Management.
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