X Factor's Nicholas McDonald to release debut album on 10 March

Published Tuesday, Jan 21 2014, 16:25 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
X Factor runner-up Nicolas McDonald has announced his debut album Arms of an Angel will be released in March.

The teenager's first record will feature three original songs alongside a collection of contemporary covers including the Bruno Mars ballad 'Just The Way You Are' and 'Someone Like You' by Adele.

It will also include the Westlife song 'Flying Without Wings', which Nicholas sang in the X Factor live finale alongside Westlife star Shane Filan.

Nicholas McDonald performing at G-A-Y club in London, 11 January 2014

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Nicholas performing at G-A-Y club in London on 11 January.

Nicholas said: "When I found out that I was signing to RCA I was over the moon as I knew that they worked with some of the biggest artists in the world. It feels absolutely amazing to be recording my own album and I can't wait to get it out there and give something back to all the fans who have supported me from the very start."

17-year-old Nicholas announced his record deal on 10 January, telling fans: "I am so happy to tell you all that I'm now signed to @RCARecords & my album will be out in 8 weeks time! Who is all going to buy it?"

Nicholas McDonald performs 'Flying Without Wings' with Shane Filan on 'The X Factor Final', Shown on ITV1, December 2013

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Nicholas and Shane Filan performing on the X Factor finale.

His big news came just a couple of weeks after the X Factor final and his vow to fans that he would continue to pursue his musical dreams.

"Just want to thank everyone so much for everything the support has been overwhelming and 2nd place out f thousand is not bad love you all (sic)," he tweeted after the finale.

"So now this is where the hard work starts !! This is not the end it's only the start of an amazing journey!! You guys support is amazing."

He later added: "I just want to make a promise with all you guys and that is that I will never give up on your and hopefully I will have an album out soon."

As well as promoting the album, the singer will be busy in the coming weeks with the 'X Factor Live Tour', which kicks off in February and features the top finalists from the last series, including winner Sam Bailey.

Arms of an Angel is released 10 March.

Watch Nicholas perform 'Superman' below:

The X Factor 2013 final in pictures: