Jessica Sanchez Lands Record Deal

American Idol runner-up Jessica Sanchez has officially signed a recording contract with Interscope Records after talk that the teen powerhouse would receive a “development period” to release an EP. Interscope Records is also home to Phillip Phillips, Sanchez’s former competitor on American Idol’s eleventh season.

The 16-year-old was sought out by Intersope executive and Idol mentor Jimmy Lovine. The untitled album is due out in October and will feature an edgier, more urban sound as opposed to the power ballads Sanchez is famous for covering on Idol, says the Hollywood Reporter.