"The X Factor" USA 2013 came to a close Dec. 19 on FOX as Alex Kinsey and Sierra Deaton of the aptly named duo Alex & Sierra walked away with the season three title and a one million dollar Sony Music recording contract.
Kinsey and Deaton, both 22 and hailing from Daytona Beach, Fla., bested runner-up Jeff Gutt of Detroit and third place finisher Carlito Olivero of Chicago to take the honor.
Deaton looked stunned after she and Kinsey were declared the winners, repeatedly mouthing "what?" as an on-stage celebration began. Kinsey thanked fans for their support and held his emotion in check until the two began their victory song, a reprise of A Great Big World's "Say Something," which they performed twice during their tenure on the show. He tearfully choked his way through the first few lines, but miraculously recovered as Deaton joined in and wiped away his tears.
The pair's genuine surprise over winning the competition mirrors the humility they showed throughout the season, and supports Simon Cowell's claim that they "never changed" no matter how far they advanced in the competition. Viewers appeared to embrace their sweet, sultry vocals as well as their endearing love story.
In terms of season-long success, Kinsey and Deaton's accomplishments were unmatched by anyone else vying for the title. They scored not just one but two number one hits on the iTunes singles chart in "Say Something" and Sara Bareilles' "Gravity," and shortly after the conclusion of the season finale, an impressive 12 of their tracks ranked in the top 400.
Cowell, who worked with the pair as their "X Factor" mentor, took to Twitter following the broadcast with a simple message for voters, posting a simple "Thank. You. America."
Keep an eye on entertainment news outlets to see if "The X Factor" USA is renewed for a fourth season.