16/03/2014 06:53 GMT | Updated 16/03/2014 06:59 GMT

'X Factor' Singer Tamera Foster Joins Simon Cowell's Syco Record Label Alongside One Direction, Little Mix, Sam Bailey

X Factor’ 2013 contestant Tamera Foster has managed to bag herself a record deal - at show boss Simon Cowell’s label.

The 17-year-old singer is now the youngest artist on the label, which also houses the likes of One Direction, Little Mix and Labrinth.

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Tamera Foster

She said: "I am so excited about being given this opportunity.

"I'm very, very lucky to have this chance as my first ever job and I've got so much to look forward to this year - exciting times ahead!"

Tamera is currently performing in venues all over the UK as part of this year’s ‘X Factor’ tour, but work on her debut release is set to begin as soon as the tour ends.

She added: "I'm having an amazing time on tour but even more now, because I know straight after I can get into the studio and start to work on some new music for everyone who supports me!"

Despite not being a judge on last year’s series, Simon praised Tamera on his official Twitter page, describing her as a “potential star”.

A source from Syco told The Sun: “We’re going to take our time to nurture Tamera. She’s very young, we’re not in a rush.

“She wants to become a real artist and write some of her own material too. That’s exciting.”

Tamera was an early favourite to win last year’s series, but after forgetting her words a number of times, she eventually finished the show in fourth place behind Luke Friend, Nicholas McDonald and overall winner Sam Bailey.

Sam recently revealed that she had put to delay her debut UK tour after discovering that she was to become a mum for the third time.

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