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Teary Teen ‘X Factor’ Runner-Up Signs TV, Record Deal

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Singer Rachel Crow arrives at the 2012 People's Choice Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

Singer Rachel Crow arrives at the 2012 People’s Choice Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live. (credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP)  — Rachel Crow was a tearful runner-up on “The X Factor,” but she’s a winner now.

The 14-year-old singer has signed a series deal with the Nickelodeon channel and a recording contract with Sony’s Columbia Records-Syco.

Nickelodeon said Wednesday its agreement with Crow includes development of a comedy series for the teenager. She’ll also have a recurring role in Nickelodeon’s new program, “Fred: The Show.”

Crow’s recording deal puts her in business with “X Factor” creator Simon Cowell’s Syco enterprise.

The big-voiced teenager made a dramatic exit from “X Factor” last December: Crow collapsed onstage after she was voted off by viewers.

During auditions, the often-bubbly and precocious teen said she wanted to win the $5 million top prize to help her struggling family. And with six people in her home, she scored major cute points when she said, “that’s a lot of people in one house. And I’m a girl — I need my own bathroom!”

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