Shayne Ward was remaining optimistic today for his future as a recording artist after being let go by Simon Cowell's Syco music label. As we reported yesterday, Cowell will not being renewing Shayne's contract following the former X Factor winner's declining album and single sales.
Ward's latest single, a cover of Nickleback's 'Gotta Be Somebody', failed to reach the UK top 10 last autumn despite being performed in front of well over 15 million viewers on The X Factor.
In a statement, Cowell's Syco label confirmed: "After five very successful years and an international career which saw him sell over 3.2 million records, Shayne’s contract has come to an end.”
Despite getting the chop, Shayne was optimistic saying: "To all my Fans I am great! Remember Business is business! One door closed, A Thousand more will open. [sic]"
Shayne was dropped from Simon's label along with 2009 winner Joe McElderry, who was reportedly left 'devastated' over being let go after just one album.
The cull of former X Factor winners is set to make way for some of last year's X Factor finalists, with Cher Lloyd, Mary Byrne, Matt Cardle and One Direction all being signed to the Syco label. Runner up Rebecca Ferguson meanwhile has followed in the footsteps of Olly Murs and JLS by signing to sister Sony label Epic.
Mary Byrne's album is out, while Cher Lloyd and One Direction's albums are expected to drop this summer. Matt Cardle's debut winner's album is slated for release in October.