‘X Factor’ Star Cher Lloyd Signs Record Deal with Jay-Z

Cher Lloyd

While she finished fourth on Simon Cowell‘s UK talent show The X Factor, 17-year-old Cher Lloyd was one of 2010′s most memorable
contestants thanks to her funky fashion sense and even funkier rap-singing style. Still, the girl’s got chops and judge Cheryl Cole praised her little mini-me throughout season seven. It was only a matter of time until Lloyd landed a recording contract.

Rap mogul Jay-Z was obviously paying attention to Lloyd’s on-stage prowess. Maybe he dug her performances of “Hard Knock Life” and “Empire State of Mind”? Anyhow, Hova has signed the singing diva to his Roc Nation imprint, reports The Sun.

“All the labels are on the lookout for sassy, young female artists with bags of attitude, and Cher fits that bill perfectly,” a source revealed.

Rumor had it that Lloyd might have a spot on the will.i.am music group roster. The pair teamed up for a mashup of Black Eyed Peas hits “Where Is the Love/I Got a Feeling” during week 10. The hip-hop magnate also assured Lloyd’s mom that he’d see to it that her little girl would be a global pop phenomenon.

“Even though Cher didn’t do terrifically well in the ‘X Factor’ finals, there’s been a hell of a lot of interest in her. Will.i.am’s backing only intensified the battle to get her signature,” said a source. “After weighing up the pros and cons, it was thought that the team at Roc Nation would be best placed to turn her dreams of stardom into a reality.”

Here’s a look back at some of Lloyd’s shining moments:

“Stay”:

“No Diggity”/”Shout”:

“Empire State of Mind”:

Do you think Cher Lloyd has what it takes to win over America?