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Bill Lamb

X Factor's Fifth Harmony Signs Recording Contract

By January 21, 2013

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Fifth Harmony

It seems about time for a new big girl group on the US pop music scene. Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid are going to try to make that happen. Fifth Harmony, the girl group that finished third on this year's X Factor USA, have been signed to a recording contract with Cowell's Syco and Reid's Epic labels. Like One Direction in the UK, Fifth Harmony was formed by the X Factor judges by putting together singers who originally auditioned as solo artists.

From their judges' houses segment performance, it seemed like there was something a bit special about the girl group. They were forced to change their name twice. The original name LYLAS ran afoul of Bruno Mars' backing singers and then the group itself chose the name 1432, but Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid didn't like that name. Finally, after polling of the group's fans, the name Fifth Harmony stuck. The group seemed like they struggled a bit in the live shows elimination rounds until their performance of Ellie Goulding's "Anything Could Happen" was one of the most magical moments of the competition. It helped launch the group as a surprise entrant in the X Factor finale. Check out Fifth Harmony performing below while we all look forward to their upcoming music.

  • Watch Fifth Harmony perform "Anything Could Happen"

Photo courtesy Syco

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