X Fac­tor Ben ‘ex­cited’ to record de­but al­bum at last

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X FAC­TOR win­ner Ben Haenow is set to head into the stu­dio to be­gin record­ing his de­but al­bum – less than a fort­night af­ter fi­nally sign­ing a record deal on his 30th birth­day.

The for­mer van driver from Croy­don ( above) tri­umphed in the ITV show last month and his win­ner’s sin­gle Some­thing I Need was the re­cent Christ­mas No.1.

Haenow has signed a con­tract with Syco Mu­sic, with Si­mon Cow­ell say­ing he was “thrilled” to have him on board.

The singer, whose al­bum will be re­leased later this year, said: “To say I’m ex­cited to be­come part of the Syco fam­ily is an un­der­state­ment.

“Get­ting to work with Si­mon dur­ing the show was in­cred­i­ble. He is a great guy and amaz­ing men­tor and re­ally helped me as an artist.

“I can’t wait to start work­ing with him and the team again and put­ting to­gether a great record for 2015.”

X Fac­tor boss Cow­ell added: “Ben is a great tal­ent and a great guy. I’m thrilled he is now of­fi­cially part of the Syco fam­ily and can’t wait to get work­ing with him on his first al­bum. And happy birth­day, Ben!”

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