Rachel Crow at the People's Choice Awards, held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles (Jan. 11, 2012)
*Rachel Crow, the 14-year-old who famously went into hysterics when she was voted off of “The X Factor,” 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.”
To get her feet wet, 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.”
She plans to begin work on her first album later this year for Columbia Records, which already houses the likes of Beyonce, Adele, Celine Dione, and Barbra Streisand.
“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.