Blake Lewis has reaped another “American Idol” reward — a record deal.
Lewis, who finished second to Jordin Sparks in the final “Idol” faceoff in May, has signed a contract with Arista Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, it was announced Friday.
His debut album is slated for release later this year.
“Blake is one of the most unique ‘Idol’ contestants I’ve ever seen,” Fuller said in a statement. “He brought something new to the competition and won fans all over America. I know they’re going to love his first album … .”
Lewis, 26, of Bothell, Wash., specialized in beatbox sound-effects during his run on the Fox talent show’s sixth season. His big TV moment came when he added hip-hop beats to a performance of Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name,” irking guest mentor Jon Bon Jovi in the process.
Jordin Sparks has signed the record contract that comes with winning “American Idol.”
The bubbly 17-year-old inked a deal with Jive Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by “Idol” creator Simon Fuller, it was announced Friday.
Her debut album is slated for release in November. She’ll offer a taste of the disc with her new single, “Tattoo,” to be released to radio stations Aug. 27.
“‘American Idol’ has truly been a life-altering experience,” Sparks said in a statement. “I can’t wait to share this next chapter of my story with all the fans that have supported me so far.”
Sparks, who hails from Glendale, Ariz., is the youngest winner in the Fox show’s six seasons.
Hope they both do well in their albums! Cant wait! “Tattoo” still rocks!