X FACTOR contestant Christopher Maloney has signed a record deal with Tristar records, it has been revealed.
Sony records automatically has the right to sign any act that makes it to the live shows.
The record label enacted this option by signing Union J, Jahmene Douglas and Ella Henderson after the series, as well as winner James Arthur.
However label bosses weren’t impressed by Maloney and chose not to sign him to a contract.
Maloney stated on the Xtra Factor after his elimination that several record companies had been in touch with him in the minutes after his elimination – however he has only just announced his record deal this week.
He told the Liverpool Echo: “I wanted full control over what I was doing and full creativity and I wanted a label that will look after me. I didn't want to go somewhere with big artists where I would be put on the sideline”, he said.
"If I signed with another record company, it would have been a lot longer process and my fans are waiting for my album now”, he added.
There are currently two people writing the album for him as well as a producer on board.
The singer said his sound will be different to what people are expecting from him, claiming it will be similar to Will Young.
"People are expecting an album full of covers but that's not what I'm going to do. There may be one or two covers but it'll be mostly new stuff”, he said.