Blake Lewis has reaped another "American Idol" reward — a record deal.

Lewis, 26, of Bothell, Wash., who finished second to Jordin Sparks in the final "Idol" face-off in May, has signed a contract with Arista Records in conjunction with 19Recordings, the label managed by "Idol" creator Simon Fuller, it was announced Friday from New York.

His debut album is slated for release later this year.