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With all-boy groups One Direction and Emblem3 already on his roster, Simon Cowell is betting big on girl power. The X Factor boss and former judge L.A. Reid have signed girl group Fifth Harmony to Epic Records via Syco Music, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The group, comprising Ally Brooke, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton, Dinah Jane Hansen and Lauren Jauregui, went from strangers to unofficial sisters during season two of the Fox reality competition when each auditioned as individuals and were placed together in a group during boot camp. Photos: An 'American Idol' to 'X Factor' Timeline Finishing in

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