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'X Factor'

Epic Fail

Rejects Next Justin Bieber

2/26/2014 6:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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"X Factor" -- the freshly cancelled singing competition show -- didn't help its chances of survival by booting a contestant who could have become the next Justin Bieber.

17-year-old John Lindahl auditioned for the show back in 2011, and eventually got kicked off in the second round. 

Apparently ... Epic Records honcho L.A. Reid -- who was also an 'X Factor' judge at the time -- saw something the show didn't, because he immediately signed the Bieber look-alike to a sweet  5-album deal.

We got hold of the legal docs showing John is getting a $300K advance for his first album, and gets a pay hike for each subsequent album ... which could eventually land him up to $800,000.

Listen to him sing.  It's like Justin without the sizzurp.

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1.

elpablo    

No one gives a ish. TMZ, epic fail!

138 days ago
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INTHEZONE    

justines manager had him kicked off

138 days ago
3.

Sheldon Siegel    

"There can be only one!" lol

138 days ago
4.

Berserk    

Nobody cares.

However, Simon -- when you leave -- please take American Idol with you on your 1 way ticket back to London.

138 days ago
5.

Suxtobehim    

Don't know what he saw because the kid wasn't that great.

138 days ago
6.

OneLove    

Oh and America he will be all yours. How about calling ppl offensive names like bieber

138 days ago
7.

HRH Prince Michael    

"WE won't let another Mutha-F***** Elvis happen!"


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138 days ago
8.

skittlesbreaker19    

Average at best!!

138 days ago
9.

Marissa    

This wasn't last season if Paula and LA were judges. sooooo....?

138 days ago
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Natosha    

Maybe they were trying to save the boy a fate and future of Bieber? Eh no I'm an idiot. They would be more concerned with money than if the boy eventually died going off the rails like so many child stars end up doing.

138 days ago
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boo boo    

So many things wrong with this article. The id line at the top says he's 14 but the writer says he's 17. How old is this kid because he looks 11. Also, $300,000-$800,000 for a 5 album deal doesn't come close to Beaver $$$$. That's a lot of work on lockdown for a looong time. I believe none of this.

138 days ago
12.

somejackball    

yeah we don't need another douchebag disney punk, and this bitch looks like one

138 days ago
13.

jaxnjas    

You mean he got a loan with an obligation and many strings attached. 1 song does not a performer make. Best of luck to him, though.

138 days ago
14.

Kelly    

We'll need a new Bieber when the current one ODs. Maybe this one will actually have parents.

138 days ago
15.

jaxnjas    

If he doesn't write music or lyrics, he's their little bi-otch.

138 days ago
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