Cheryl Cole helped Joe McElderry to land his new record deal with Universal

Cheryl and Joe

Former X Factor judge Cheryl Cole reportedly 'put in a good word' for Joe McElderry which saw him get a new record deal with Universal. According to The Sun, Joe's former mentor Cheryl 'reminded' Universal bosses about what the former X Factor winner was capable of.

20-year-old Joe signed a new deal just a day after winning Popstar to Operastar, we revealed last week that Joe had signed to Decca Records, a classical label owned by music giant Universal.

Joe was dropped by Syco earlier this year after just 18 months and one album.

A source told the newspaper today about the new deal: "Joe is thrilled. It looked like he was on the scrapheap but Cheryl has come to his rescue and put in a word reminding bosses what a big talent he is.

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"Joe and Cheryl have always had a bond and they keep in touch.

"They both know what it's like to be ditched by Simon Cowell but are determined to make it on their own and show him what they're capable of."

The six-figure deal will see Joe record 'popular classic songs' such as Time To Say Goodbye and Nessun Dorma.

Joe said: "Since winning The X Factor, I have been on an incredible journey. My new album is a snapshot of where I am today."

Universal added: "Joe is ready for the next stage in his musical career."

The album will be released on August 22, just two days after The X Factor returns to TV screens.

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