There was national outrage when Laura White was given the boot from The X Factor – but she’s back…

It’s still one of the biggest things to have ever rocked The X Factor: when talented Laura White was eliminated from series five of the competition in 2008, fans went into meltdown.

After finding herself in the bottom two in week five, Laura faced the sing-off with Spanish beauty Ruth Lorenzo – and, despite being a firm favourite to win the show, was sent home when Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh failed to save her.

What followed was huge national outrage over the ‘transparency’ of The X Factor voting system and serious backlash against Simon and Louis for refusing to save Laura. More than 40,000 people signed a petition urging broadcasting regulator Ofcom to start an investigation into the show.

Today I signed my first deal. Wow !! I am truly so happy, 14 years of independent work took me to the place I am today. My team is truly incredible and so support my artistry and writing. I thank god daily that my little diary carried me to such a deal and that people simply loved my old school music heart. Thank you to every single supporter, producer, writer, my house mates/friends in london, my Manchester friends who are home, my family who are my everything, my manager who is queen, the team at Luvlive, Rachey, Jakey.. All of you made me who I am today. I love you. The dream was to make my music and songs that will carry to the world and I've finally got that.. I started with a rucksack and a diary in a hostel and very empty little pubs in atherton at 15. 🙂 #comeonsongsssssss #musicheart PS I am SO proud to say I made it independently with no push and no big tv deal help.-my daily work and love of melody, lyric, words and believing in my voice created who I am today. X

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But Laura is having the last laugh. Having managed to avoid the temptation of reality TV and magazine deals that have seen her X Factor counterparts leave music behind altogether, the Bolton lass has finally signed her first deal!

Sharing photos of her celebrating with label bosses at Peer Music – which also has Melanie C on its roster – Laura added the message: ‘Today I signed my first deal. Wow !! I am truly so happy, 14 years of independent work took me to the place I am today. My team is truly incredible and so support my artistry and writing. I thank god daily that my little diary carried me to such a deal and that people simply loved my old school music heart.

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‘Thank you to every single supporter, producer, writer, my house mates/friends in london, my Manchester friends who are home, my family who are my everything, my manager who is queen, the team at Luvlive, Rachey, Jakey.. All of you made me who I am today. I love you.

‘The dream was to make my music and songs that will carry to the world and I’ve finally got that.. I started with a rucksack and a diary in a hostel and very empty little pubs in atherton at 15. 🙂 #comeonsongsssssss #musicheart PS I am SO proud to say I made it independently with no push and no big tv deal help.-my daily work and love of melody, lyric, words and believing in my voice created who I am today. X’

Congratulations, Laura – we can’t WAIT to hear the music!