Ella Henderson: Simon Cowell is a genius
SImon Cowell's "genius" was enough to convince Ella Henderson to sign with Syco Music, and she had a "gut instinct" it was the right decision,
Ella Henderson signed with Syco Music because of Simon Cowell's "genius".
The 17-year-old 'X Factor' contestant was the subject of a bidding war after she was voted off the show but had a "gut instinct" to sign up with the music mogul's own record label.
She exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "[Simon is] a great guy and a genius in his own right.
"I guess, when you're in the room you just have a gut instinct and you know which [label is] the right place for you to go.
"As well, for me, it's about the team surrounding me. I want to enjoy the process; I'm only 17 years old. I want to have fun with it."
A key factor for Ella - who will perform at tonight's (23.01.13) National Television Awards (NTAs) - was knowing her debut album would come from her own vision, retaining control over her music.
She explained: "The main thing for me was knowing that I have as much creativity and I'm involved so much that the one person it has to come from is me.
Otherwise. there's no point in me starting to work on an album at all. I couldn't just sing songs that are given to me - it has to come from me.
"I'm not under any pressure to get it done by a certain date. It's just when it's ready, it's ready."