Country singer, husband and father Tate Stevens won a $5-million recording contract as winner of season 2 of "The X Factor" on Thursday night. During the Wednesday night finale (part one), Stevens gave an encore performance of "Anything Goes" (his audition song), a duet of "Pontoon" with country band Little Big Town, and country ballad "Tomorrow." Runner-up Sonenclar sang "Feeling Good," "How Do I Live" (a duet with Leann Rimes) and "Hallelujah."
During the Thursday-night results show, the contestants performed holiday songs, and guest artists included Pitbull with "Don't Stop the Party" and One Direction, with a live performance of “Kiss You” from their current chart-topping release.
Mentors Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and L.A. Reid praised each of the contestants for strong performances, reiterating that it was anyone's game. Under the mentorship of L.A. Reid, Stevens beat out girl group Fifth Harmony, a quintet formed by X Factor judges from top auditioners as well as 13-year-old prodigy Carly Rose Sonenclar. The contestants sang holiday tunes during Thursday night's two-hour live finale.
Stevens, a street crew worker from Belton, Missouri, always made it clear that he had put everything on the line to win. The now 37-year-old had put his music career on hold to be there for his wife and children. When his family encouraged him to try out for "The X Factor," Stevens took the audition stage and immediately won over the panel of celebrity judges.
Who did you want to win "The X Factor": Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar or Tate Stevens?