Byline: SAM HAMILTON
X FACTOR supremo Simon Cowell is hoping to tempt Westlife’s Shane Filan to sign with his label.
The music mogul, 52, has offered the band’s lead singer a big-money offer with Syco Records.
But Shane, 32, also has two other labels battling it out to release his debut solo album after the Us Against The World band go their separate ways this summer.
If he did decide to sign with Simon, it would be a thawing in the band’s frosty relationship with the pop guru after the group walked away from his label. A source said: “Shane was always the best singer in the band and it seems Simon realises that.
“It would turn a lot of heads if these two ended up working together. After Westlife go their separate ways, the only member of the band that Louis Walsh is going to be managing is Shane – and he has a great relationship with Simon.
“And while Simon can be a hard person to work with at times, he knows what he is talking about.
“With the X Factor it’s only when artists stop listening to him that they flop.
“So you’d be sure if Shane went with Simon, he’d definitely get a No1 album.”
Dad-of-three Shane will be heading straight to the studio after saying goodbye at Westlife’s final Croke Park gig with bandmates Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Nicky Byrne in June.
Credit/Source: Irish Daily Mirror – published on 31.03.2012