X Factor finalist Lucie Jones has been signed up to one of the UK’s top modelling agencies, reports say.

According to the BBC News website the Welsh teenager has struck a deal with Select Model Management, who have helped launch the careers of catwalk favourites including Agyness Dean and Stella Tennant.

And she said she was “very flattered” to have been asked to sign to the company.

“When we first saw Lucie we recognised that she had a great look,” said the agency’s co-founder Chrissie Castagnetti.

“As her confidence grew week after week, and her personality came through, we knew that we wanted to work with her.”

“2010 is an exciting time for Select with some fantastic campaigns to announce and new faces to watch out for so it’s an exciting time for Lucie to be joining us.

“We’re looking forward to unleashing her great potential.”

Jones will do a professional photo shoot in the New Year with a view to lining up modelling work.

The 18-year-old had been tipped to reach the final of The X Factor 2009 but was eliminated in week five of the live shows after Simon Cowell controversially chose to save John and Edward from the chop.