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X Factor finalists 5 After Midnight signed by Simon Cowell's label

The boy band finished behind Saara Aalto and eventual winner Matt Terry on last year's (16) competition.

Boy band 5 After Midnight have been snapped up by Simon Cowell's Syco record label after making it to The X Factor final.

The group, comprised of Nathan Lewis, Kieran Alleyne and Jordan Lee, made it to the top three of the TV talent contest, behind Saara Aalto and eventual winner Matt Terry.

And despite missing out on the crown, music mogul Simon didn't miss a trick by signing the trio, hoping they have what it takes to emulate the success of his other global chart-topping boy band, One Direction.

"There is no better label for them. If anyone knows how to find success with a boy band it’s Simon Cowell," a source told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "You only have to look at the number of records he sold with Westlife and One Direction.

"Syco has an incredible team of songwriters at their disposal to work on amazing hits for the band."

The boys will be help in their quest for success by PR guru Jonathan Shalit and Global Radio boss Ashley Tabor, and Nathan described the signing as a "dream come true".

"To say we are part of a roster that includes artists like One Direction and Little Mix is just incredible," Jordan added.

5 After Midnight impressed viewers with their ability to sing note perfectly while performing complicated dance routines, and Syco Managing Director Tyler Brown thinks the group have what it takes to hit the big time.

"It is very rare that a group can sing, dance and perform at a level that 5 After Midnight do. We will be making a record that enables them to fully showcase their huge talent," he said.

One Direction are sure to be an inspiration to 5 After Midnight in more ways than one as they also missed out on the title of X Factor winner, coming third on the programme.

JLS, another hugely successful group who had their start on The X Factor, came second in the contest.

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