In December, just after Rachel Crow's emotional elimination from The X Factor, Simon Cowell reiterated a prediction he'd made during the show's debut episode: "We're going to be hearing a lot more about Rachel Crow, I give you my word on that."
Cowell's predictions don't always come true, but this one seems to be pretty solid: The perky 14-year-old has signed a deal to star in her own musical comedy series pilot for Nickelodeon, and she's landed a recurring role in that network's new series, Fred: The Show, which stars Lucas Cruikshank. Plus, she wrangled a record deal with Columbia Records in partnership with Syco, Cowell's entertainment company.
"It's been amazing,” Crow told The Hollywood Reporter. "A couple days after the elimination I just found myself sitting home asking myself, 'What am I going to do now?' And I never would've thought that this is what I was going do now. So, it's pretty amazing. I'm very thankful and I feel very blessed to have all this."
Crow is the sixth contestant from The X Factor to land a record deal. The others are the winner, Melanie Amaro, of course, as well as Chris Rene, Astro, Marcus Canty and Josh Krajcik (who is working with Adele's producer on his debut album).
How will Crow's album stand out? Not surprisingly, she plans to record an album that's "spunky and there's definitely gonna be some high notes in there. And it's just gonna be me." And of course, she gushed about landing at the star-spawning Columbia Records. "This is the top, which is really cool," she said. "Beyonce and Adele. And I'm in the same family as them, which is really awesome."
Nickelodeon has launched its own roster of stars, of course -- from Melissa Joan Hart to Nick Cannon to Miranda Cosgrove. Her own show is still in development, but on Fred, Crow will play an eccentric girl named Starr, who has big dreams of fame. Sounds a lot like this eighth grader herself, and execs at the network agree that Crow could be their next big name. "We’re delighted to be home to her first acting project and think she is poised to join the ranks of our next generation of Nick stars," said a Nickelodeon talent strategist, Paula Kaplan.
No doubt she'll get to attend next month's Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards (Saturday, March 31 at 8 p.m. ET). Will she have to go through that Nick right of passage and get slimed? Probably, but then again, Crow has been through worse!