When The X Factor returns to Fox this week to announce a second season winner, it’s hard to say that any of the final three singers will be losers.
On Wednesday night’s finale of The X Factor, either Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens, or Fifth Harmony will walk away with the grand prize of a $5 million recording contract and the title of Season 2 winner of the popular Fox singing competition.
While there can only be one official winner, The X Factor certainly proves that a “losing” contestant can find success beyond the show even if they don’t garner the most votes.
In Season 1 of the U.S. version of The X Factor, Melanie Amaro took home the top prize but finalists Josh Krajcik and Chris Rene also went on to sign recording contracts. Krajcik had a successful tour in 2012 before releasing his debut EP with the new song “One Thing She’ll Never Know.” After connecting with X Factor fans on “Young Homie” in Season 1, Chris Rene released his debut album in October called I’m Right Here to moderate sales. Even 13-year old Rachel Crowe went on to sign a deal with Nickelodeon before releasing a five-song EP this past summer.
Although the first season X Factor finalists proved that success is a real possibility beyond the show, other fan favorites have only started to capitalize on the national and international exposure.
Drew, a strong contender from the start of Season 1, did not sign a record deal despite her duet with Justin Bieber but now has a new five-song EP as of December 17, 2012. Drew’s new EP includes two original songs that should tide fans over until her full-length album debut in 2013.
Earlier this year it was reported that X Factor contestants Tiah Tolliver, Simone Battle and Tora Woloshin formed a girl group to showcase their talents as a collective. Despite the opportunity, however, Simone Battle recently found greater success as a new member of The Pussycat Dolls.
Although Season 1 contender Marcus Canty released two new singles this year, Canty failed to find chart success with either one. However, Canty is currently working on his debut album called This… Is Marcus Canty, which will be released on January 22, 2013. Had it not been for The X Factor, would Marcus be releasing an album at all?
With a second season winner about to be named, The X Factor proves that there are no real losers when it comes to marketable talent and greater recording opportunities beyond the show. Any one of this year’s Top 12 could potentially become a star. Fans shouldn’t be surprised if Paige Thomas, Jennel Garcia, Emblem3, Cece Frey, and other eliminated singers land record deals. Although they may not land a $5 million deal, there’s no denying that The X Factor produces more winners than losers. It’s how they use The X Factor to make their mark in music that will dictate whether they win or lose on their own.
Who do you think will be a big star beyond The X Factor?