X Factor 2014 winner Ben Haenow has announced that he will be leaving Syco.
Ben, 31, signed to the Sony label in 2014 after winning the talent contest but after just one album and one single the singer has not been offered a new contract.
The news that Haenow has effectively been dropped by Simon Cowell’s label does not come as much of a surprise, X Factor winners very rarely go on to become huge success’ and often get dropped after just one LP.
With the exception of Little Mix and Leona Lewis most of the champions get let go by the label after one campaign.
To name a few that have been dropped after just one release, Leon Jackson, Sam Bailey, James Arthur, while other winners such as 2009 champ Joe McElderry have been dropped after a couple of albums.
Ben Haenow had huge success with his winners single ‘Something I Need’ and his debut album charted at number 10 but unfortunately this wasn’t enough for Ben to stay signed to the label.
The news that Haenow is to leave Syco broke last night with the singer posting a statement via TwitLonger.
“Hey guys X
Sorry I’ve been a bit quiet on here recently, been a crazy few weeks!
So I wanted to let you all know directly from me, that after what has been the most incredible experience working on my debut album, myself and Syco entertainment have decided to part ways.
Working with The X Factor and Syco has been the most amazing time of my life and has given me the best possible platform for the start of my career. I have the upmost respect for them both and cannot thank them enough for all the help and everything they have done for me this past year.
I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people, making some great friends and making a great record which I am still extremely proud of. (Which, thanks to you lot has gone on to sell over 100k copies and still going)
However, after discussions with the Syco team we both felt it was the right time to move on.
I am very excited about this next chapter. I’m already writing and in talks about about the next album . there are going to be a few changes to my upcoming tour dates, but I’ll let you know all the details very soon..
Most importantly I would like to say the biggest thank you to ALL OF YOU! You have all made my dreams come true and I owe YOU everything. None of this would have been possible without you guys! The ongoing loyalty, love and support you have shown me this past year and beyond has made me the proudest and luckiest person alive.
You are the best fans anyone could ask for and I mean it when I say I really do love you all
I Cannot wait to see you all on the tour!
Ben xxx” (sic).
To keep up-to date with everything Ben you can visit his official website.
Are you shocked and or sad by the news that Ben Haenow is leaving Syco? Let us know over on Twitter @CelebMix or leave a comment below.