‘X Factor’ winner Ben Haenow dropped by Simon Cowell’s label Syco

Haenow has vowed to continue with his music career and is planning second album

Ben Haenow, the winner of The X Factor in 2014, has parted ways with Simon Cowell’s label Syco.

Haenow beat competition from Fleur East to be crowned the winner of the talent show’s eleventh series and released his self-titled debut album in November last year. It charted at Number 10 in the Official UK Album Chart.

Just two month later, Haenow has revealed that he is no longer signed to Syco. In a message to fans he vowed to continue with his music career and praised the label and TV show he came from for giving him the chance to establish himself in the music industry.

“After what has been the most incredible experience working on my debut album, myself and Syco entertainment have decided to part ways,” Haenow said in his statement.

“Working with The X Factor and Syco has been the most amazing time of my life and has given me the best possible platform for the start of my career. I have the upmost respect for them both and cannot thank them enough for all the help and everything they have done for me this past year.

“I have had the privilege of working with some incredible people, making some great friends and making a great record which I am still extremely proud of. (Which, thanks to you lot has gone on to sell over 100k copies and still going). However, after discussions with the Syco team we both felt it was the right time to move on.

“I am very excited about this next chapter. I’m already writing and in talks about about the next album. there are going to be a few changes to my upcoming tour dates, but I’ll let you know all the details very soon.”

Viewing figures for last year’s X Factor were down on 2014 with just 8.4m tuning into the final, the second lowest figure in the ITV show’s history.

Since launching in 2004, Simon Cowell’s talent search has routinely attracted ratings over over 10m. However, the 2015 series struggled to pick up viewers and routinely scored lower figures than its Saturday night rival Strictly Come Dancing.

Syco is home to a number of X Factor-affiliated artists, including alumni, including Little Mix, One Direction and Ella Henderson. Both Louisa Johnson and Reggie N’ Bollie from the 2015 series have signed to the label.