Clevedon X Factor star George Shelley and band Union J "on verge" of signing record deal
CLEVEDON X Factor star George Shelley and his band Union J may have only come fourth in the show but they are now on the verge of signing a record deal.
The four boys "are in talks" with Sony just two weeks after being voted out of the competition.
The boys, who left the series in the semi-final, told fans they were talking to Sony during a gig at Cardiff club Pulse on Saturday.
Band member Jaymi Hensley then told ITV show Daybreak on Monday: "It's amazing. It's been a crazy week. We're going to Sony today to sort out all the contracts and stuff… before Christmas we will have our deal finalised."
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It is not clear whether the band are planning to sign with Simon Cowell's Syco label or another company within Sony.
George's mum Toni Harris, 50, told The Post: "George has told me that Union J are on the verge of signing a deal.
"Nothing has actually been signed yet but it looks like it will happen before Christmas."
George, JJ, Josh and Jaymi were formed at the bootcamp stage of X Factor after George Shelley was teamed up with Triple J.
Union J are the latest act from this year's series to get a record deal following on from winner James Arthur and Ella Henderson.
The band were voted off this year's X Factor during the semi-final, when they went head to head with the other three remaining contestants – James Arthur, Jahmene Douglas and Christopher Maloney – but failed to secure the public vote.
At the time, their mentor on the show, Louis Walsh, proclaimed Union J "were the next big boy band".
George's mum, Toni Harris, 50, who is currently on holiday in Berlin, told The Post George and the rest of the family were "really happy and excited" about the potential record deal.
She has previously said she believes her 19-year-old son has a big future in store after appearing on the show.
"The X Factor has been an amazing platform for George and a brilliant opportunity for him," she said.
"He has taken all of it in his stride and I am so proud of him – I just cannot put that into words.
"I never imagined I would be sat at home on a Saturday night watching my son singing in a prime-time talent show or performing alongside Rod Stewart."
Toni also said she watched her son "grow as a person" during his time on the TV talent show.
She said: "The X Factor has given George a lot of confidence.
"He said he went in as a solo performer and now cannot imagine performing without being alongside the other guys."
The Post has previously reported how former Weston College student George showed star promise from an early age.
Even when just a toddler, George was always keen to be part of family get-togethers, getting his mum to fill up bottles with rice to use as a maraca. He also comes from a musical family - his granddad Dave, a retired policeman, has performed in many bands and still, at the age of 75 plays his accordion at old people's homes.
His uncle Tim and his brother Tom are drummers and his uncle John is a singer/songwriter, while mum Toni also plays the guitar and used to perform regularly at pubs, clubs and festivals.