X Factor’s Ella Henderson has confirmed she’s signed a record deal with Sony Music.
Ella finished the competition in sixth position but has been quickly picked up by the show’s music label and will release an album next year.
It’s not yet been revealed which part of the label the 16-year-old has been signed to, but Ella teased:
“Hopefully this time next year I’ll show people why I’m here.”
She continued: “I’m so excited to go into the studio and do what I’ve always wanted to do.
“I’ve written stuff already but I can’t wait to write new stuff. I’ve not written all the way through the period I was on The X Factor and it unlocked so many emotions I’ve never experienced before, it’s going to be very exciting.”
And Ella, who is currently being managed by her dad, said her record will continue the old school vintage vibe of her performances on the show.
She explained: “I have grown up with people who are older than me, all my brothers and sisters, I’m massively influenced by my grandfather.
“I still take on board what’s happening nowadays with music but I listen to a wide range of music.”
Ella was originally the favourite to win the series, but confessed she felt relieved to be out having previously admitted that she found her time on the X Factor “exhausting”.
“Constantly being surrounded by cameras was tough seven days a week,” she said. “There were some points where I just wanted to get into my pyjamas, sleep, have a movie day and cut off from it all – have a bit of normality. I did have moments where I was absolutely exhausted and that time of the month where you just hit that low point.”