Brian Bradley goes by the name "Astro" on The X Factor. He has advanced to the first-ever final 12 on Simon Cowell's singing competition....

The X Factor may have crowned Melanie Amaro as its first champion, but that talented singer isn't the only contestant to benefit from her time on the show.

Sources confirm that Josh Krajcik, Chris Rene and Astro will all sign recording contracts with Sony Music, encouraging news for the second, third and seventh place finishers, respectively.

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Rapper 50 Cent, never one to be accused of family friendly entertainment, saw half of his performance bleeped out, but still rocked the house on The X Factor finale.

Astro may not be the inaugural X Factor winner, but the young rapper did make his way onto the finale, rapping alongside Fiddy. That's a feat in and of itself!

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Astro made a Michael Jackson track very much his own on The X Factor last night.

The young rapper changed up the lyrics to "Black or White," a bold move that earned praise from the panel, as LA Reid told Astro he likely made the Jackson family "proud," while Simon Cowell gushed over how the finalist made the song younger and added a great new hook.

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What do you want from Astro, people? He's from Brooklyn!

Following last week's controversial results show reaction - which was either staged by producers or simply a consequence of Astro's age/attitude - this young rapper spent his introductory video last night giving thanks to his supporters. He then kicked off his cover of "Show Me What You Got" with a reference to his hometown.

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Like Chris Rene, Astro interpreted the theme to last night's X Factor episode as loosely as possible.

This young, extraordinarily talented rapper didn't really do rock 'n roll in any sense of the term. Instead, he stuck to what he knows/does best and brought the crowd to its feet with a take on "I’ll Be Missing You (Every Breath You Take)."

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There's a very good chance that a majority of The X Factor viewers have never heard of the Mac Daddy. Or even the Daddy Mac.

But Brian "Astro" Bradley did the members of Kris Kross - a young rapping duo from the early 1990s who produced two chart-topping hits and wore their clothes backward - proud last night, bringing The X Factor crowd to its feet with an original take on "Jump."

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