The Marquee Blog

As we’ve learned from more than one reality competition over the past few years, just because you don’t win the grand prize doesn’t mean you’re going to lose out on a shot at a singing career.

Although “X Factor’s” Chris Rene was a runner-up to the show’s first season winner Melanie Amaro, he’s joining the singer at Epic Records nonetheless, a rep from the label tells CNN.

“I’ve dreamt about this moment my whole life,” Rene has told Entertainment Weekly. “And now it’s here. Working with L.A. Reid — ‘Big Homie’ — is a dream come true.”

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