Astro, Chris Rene

Despite their failure to win the $5 million recording contract, The X Factor contestants Brian "Astro" Bradley and Chris Rene are cashing in.

Both performers have inked deals with Epic Records, according to separate reports by Entertainment Weekly and MTV.

The pairing isn't exactly a surprising one: Epic Chairman L.A. Reid was their X Factor mentor.

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Astro, 15,  placed seventh in the singing competition, while Chris Rene, 29, made it to the finale three.

Even before Astro was signed to Epic, he spoke to us about his big plans for the future. Check out the interview: