Nicholas McDonald, who came in second place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013, has signed with Sony Music's RCA Records. McDonald and RCA made the announcement on Jan. 21, 2014. His first album, "In the Arms of an Angel," is scheduled for release on March 10, 2014. The album's track listing is to be announced.
McDonald tweeted on Dec. 21, 2014: "THATS ME OFFICIALLY BEEN ANNOUNCED THAT I AM NOW WITH THE RCA FAMILY CANT WAIT FOR THIS YEAR @RCALabelGroupUK ❤️"
Meanwhile, McDonald and Luke Friend (who came in third place on "The X Factor" U.K. in 2013) teamed up for a concert at the Riviera Centre in Devon, England, on Jan. 18, 2014. McDonald and Friend (who are both 17) are also part of "The X Factor" U.K. 2014 tour, which launches Feb. 15 in Belfast, Northern Ireland and ends March 29 in Birmingham, England. The tour has added dates in March in the U.K. cities of Nottingham, Cardiff and Bournemouth.
The other former contestants on "The X Factor" U.K. tour are Sam Bailey, Rough Copy, Tamera Foster, Hannah Barrett, Abi Alton and Sam Callahan.