Viewers fell in love with Rachel Crow on the first season of The X Factor, with her elimination even sparking threats of violence against then-judge Nicole Scherzinger. But things worked out well for Crow who was just 13 when she won over audiences on the singing competition show. Nickelodeon and Columbia Records announced they’ve signed up the adorable teen to acting and recording deals, with Nickelodeon developing a comedy series for the now 14 year old performer.
“It’s such an honor to be signed to Columbia Records,” stated Crow. “To think that I am signed to the same label as my idols is a dream come true. I can’t wait to get in the studio and start making music.” Added Crow, “And I am so excited to now be a part of the Nickelodeon family. I grew up watching Nick, and I’m a huge fan.”
Crow is also set for a recurring role on Nickelodeon’s Fred: The Show starring Lucas Cruikshank. According to Nickelodeon, Crow will play “Starr, an imaginative, confident but awkward teenager. Like Fred, Starr’s self-perception doesn’t match up with how the world sees her. To her classmates, she seems a bit eccentric, but in her own mind, Starr is a wildly talented actress and singer and ready to break out of her boring town.”
Paula Kaplan, Executive Vice President, Talent Strategy and West Coast Operations, commented on Crow’s deal with the network: “Rachel is an original. 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.”
More on Rachel Crow [Courtesy of Nickelodeon]:
From Colorado, Rachel Crow was fostered as a young baby by Barbara and Kelly Crow. Crow sang her first song (Faith Hill’s “Breathe”) at 18 months-old and first performed in public at age six as part of her school’s talent show. Her parents brought her to Los Angeles in 2010 to support her dream of being a performer and she auditioned at age 13 for The X Factor in early 2011. After being chosen as a contestant out of over 100,000 people who auditioned for season 1 of The X Factor (USA), she wowed audiences with her powerful voice and bubbly personality and placed fifth in the competition for the season. A fan favorite and darling among the judges, L.A. Reid deemed her a “funky, feisty singer with soul” with Simon Cowell declaring that audiences would be “hearing a lot more about her.”
Source: Nickelodeon and Columbia Records – February 22, 2012