The partnership was superseded by a new deal with Universal Music Group, meaning that the winner would now be signed to Interscope Records.
Interscope's sister labels, A&M Records and Geffen Records, would also be involved in promoting and distributing the albums of the show's finalists.
The signed artists are Scotty Mc Creery, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone, Pia Toscano and Naima Adedapo.
Simon Cowell, who had been a judge since the first episode of the first season, announced on January 11, 2010 that he would not be returning as a judge for this season in order to focus on launching the American version of his hit British singing competition The X Factor.
There were a record-number 327 contestants in the first round, which lasted over two days, exceeding season 2's record of 234.