Simon Cowell snaps up Britain's Got Talent losers Jonathan and Charlotte for 1million
14:23 GMT, 31 May 2012
Pair are now recording their debut album with Syco
Simon Cowell has signed Britain's Got Talent losers Jonathan and Charlotte to his record label for a reported 1million.
The music mogul is now pushing for the pair to release their debut album, which they are recording less than a month after missing out on the BGT prize to novelty act Ashleigh and Pudsey in the final.
Essex teenagers Jonathan Antoine, 17, and Charlotte Jaconelli, 16, are expected to release their first album through Syco Music on September 3rd.
New deal: Simon Cowell has signed Jonathan Antoine and Charlotte Jaconelli for a reported 1million
Belting it out: The pair are now recording their debut album, due for release in September
Talking about his new signing, Cowell said: 'This show is designed to give people
like Jonathan and Charlotte an opportunity. I think their debut album is
going to be stunning.'
And Jonathan, who was advised to go solo after his first audition on the ITV1 show, said: 'Appearing on the show
has been a huge confidence boost and I'm still pinching myself that we
are actually making our album.
'Thank you to everyone for making this happen for us.'
Pipped to the post: Charlotte and Jonathan lost out in the BGT final to novelty act Ashleigh and Pudsey
Faster! Cowell is apparently keen for the pair to release the record in September
According to reports, Cowell is keen to coincide the release of the duo's album with The X Factor being on television so they will have the chance to perform on the programme.
A source told The Sun: 'Simon knows that to make money from them
he needs to movie fast. Get that first album out as soon as possible
before people have moved on.
'September is also a good time as The X
Factor will be in its live stages so there is a chance to get them on
the show and plug the album.'
The pair's debut release will feature
new songs and covers including The Prayer which wowed the judges at
their first audition on BGT and will be produced by Graham Stack, who
has worked with opera stars G4.