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  Pop Idol Rik 'signs record deal'
Updated 01 February 2002, 12.46
Rik Waller
Former Pop Idol hopeful Rik Waller has reportedly landed a recording contract with record giant EMI.

The deal is said to be for one album and worth 400,000, according to The Sun newspaper.

Rik had to drop out of the pop star wannabe show because of a throat infection but that was good news for Darius Danesh who replaced him.

The three contestants still in the Pop Idol programme will be cut down to two on Saturday night.

Click here to vote for who YOU want to win Pop Idol

According to your votes on the Newsround website, it'll be Will who gets rejected, and Darius and Gareth who'll go through to the final.

Natural star

Rik will release his first single on 4 May - it's thought that will be a cover version of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You.

But it might not all be plain sailing; Rik signed a contract banning Pop Idol contestants from releasing anything for three months after the series ends.

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