Weeks after Simon Cowell decided to make major moves with boy group Emblem 3, he’s made his next X Factor move with girl group Fifth Harmony. Proving he knows a thing or two about guiding a good vocal group, when Cowell formed Fifth Harmony for the show, it seemed like he was determined to make them work in the US as the first girl group we’ve seen in a long time.
Week after week, Cowell commented on the lack of girl groups out now on top 40 radio and how they could dominate the industry. Well, it looks like Simon Cowell is a man of his word, as it has just been announced that the girls, who didn’t know each other prior to the X Factor, just got signed.
Not only did Simon help sign them, but he enlisted the help of ex X Factor judge and label mogul L.A. Reid for a contract with Epic Records through Syco Music, the latter of which Cowell owns.
Speaking with the Hollywood Reporter, Cowell said about Fifth Harmony:
“I knew from the girls’ first performance at judges’ homes in Miami that we’d done the right thing. The chemistry between the Fifth Harmony girls both on and off stage is fantastic. They are really great girls, who have become best friends. They’re great fun to be around and most importantly, they are all incredibly talented.”
It looks like Fifth Harmony already has a built in fan base as well. Fans had trended “#SimonSign5h” on Twitter after the group’s exit. However, that’s not really surprising, as fans of the show got to pick their group name, which immediately formed a social networking bond for the group of unknowns.
Speaking about their new deal, member Camila Cabello said:
“We get to learn from and work with the best in the business, people who have built the careers of artists we look up to. The fact that we’re being given the opportunity to make music that we want feels like a dream we never want to wake up from, and I literally just have to pinch myself.”
In addition, their album is said to be produced by the same people behind One Direction, Boyz II Men, Flor Rida, and Leona Lewis. Sounds like a promising future for the girls.
Are you excited about Fifth Harmony?