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'X Factor' winner Tate Stevens talks album plans, $5 million prize

"The X Factor" Season 2 has come to an end and after weeks of battling each other for the top slot, 37-year-old country singer and blue collar father Tate Stevens defeated 13-year-old phenom Carly Rose Sonenclar to become only the second ever U.S. "X Factor" champion.The honor also carries a hefty prize: a $5 million recording contract and a music video premiere at the 2013 Grammy Awards."I am really emotionally shot," Stevens says backstage after the results show. "This is an amazing thing. I'm indebted to Simon and everyone here for the rest of my life, they've changed my life. I'm just excited that I had the opportunity and I'm blessed, I'm very blessed."Although Stevens ranked first in three out of the five weeks they revealed the leaderboard on the results shows, he was still nervous about his chances of winning all the way to the end. "Leading up to that moment I wanted to... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/x-factor-winner-tate-stevens-talks-album-plans-5-million-prize.html

TV ratings: 'X Factor' leads Wednesday as Miss Universe rises some

Fast National ratings for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012The final performances on "The X Factor" improved on last week's ratings and gave FOX an across-the-board win on a night dotted with reruns and specials.NBC's broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant was up over last year, albeit only to a little over 6 million viewers. "Chicago Fire" improved significantly on its ratings from a week ago, rising half a point in adults 18-49.FOX drew 8.3 million viewers and a 5.0 rating/8 share in households for the night. NBC (6.3 million, 4.1/7) came in second, beating out CBS (5.8 million, 3.8/6) and ABC (5.2 million, 3.5/6). The CW trailed with 1.6 million viewers and a 1.1/2.FOX was the only network to score better than a 2.0 rating among adults 18-49, finishing with a 2.7. NBC finished second in the demographic with a 1.8. ABC was third at 1.5, followed by CBS, 1.1, and The CW, 0.3.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/tv-ratings-x-factor-leads-wednesday-as-miss-universe-rises-some.html

'X Factor': L.A. Reid talks leaving the show, supporting Tate Stevens

Two seasons is enough for L.A. Reid on "The X Factor," as he revealed to the world last week by announcing his decision to leave the FOX music competition.After this week's final performance show, Reid spoke with reporters and discussed why he had to make the tough call to go."I'm not happy to leave," Reid says. "I'm very sad to leave. But I have a responsibility that I have to get back to. But it is a sad thing. Being around all these talented contestants, watching people come in practically an unknown and walking away famous, some of them walking away as real stars, that's the greatest feeling in the world and I will miss that."Reid says his exit won't change his relationship with fellow judge and "X Factor" mastermind Simon Cowell. "We'll continue to do things behind the camera, behind the scenes," Reid explains about his personal and professional friendship with Cowell. "We came... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/x-factor-la-reid-talks-leaving-the-show-supporting-tate-stevens.html

'X Factor': Simon Cowell compares Fifth Harmony to One Direction, says Demi Lovato 'wants to come back'

According to Simon Cowell, there's only one act that deserves to win Season 2 of "The X Factor.""My group [Fifth Harmony]," Cowell says with his trademark sly grin. "I think they've had the hardest thing to overcome -- they weren't a group -- they've worked really, really hard. In the last two weeks I can feel a change, people suddenly got what they're about. "We changed their name three times, they didn't know each other three months ago, so for them to gel in the way they did and perform how they performed tonight is incredible. They look like proper pop stars."But even if Fifth Harmony doesn't win, Cowell has experience in turning a pop group manufactured for "The X Factor" into a worldwide sensation. That's what happened with current boy band phenomenon One Direction, who only became a group after each member auditioned individually for the U.K.'s "X Factor.""They remind me of One Direction... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/x-factor-simon-cowell-compares-fifth-harmony-to-one-direction-says-demi-lovato-wants-to-come-back.html

The X Factor: Who Should Win?

This is it — the three remaining contestants on The X Factor gave their final performances Wednesday, and now viewer votes will determine which one will walk away with a $5 million recording contract Thursday night. //www.tvguide.com/News/XFactor-Final-Who-Should-Win-1058062.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Tate Stevens Performs “Anything Goes” on The X Factor Finale — Was It Better Than the First Time?

Tate Stevens has had a special place in our hearts (and a stocking hung by the hearth) since the first time he and his cowboy hat took the stage. It seems like forever ago that Tate moseyed on into our worlds, giving us a passport to join Tate Nation and making country fans of us all. It wasn’t just his story or his down-home charm that made us fall in love, of course. His performance on The X Factor’s Season 2 auditions was stellar. He sang "Anything Goes" and we... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/lQeYMuHV7Xw/tate-stevens-performs-anything-goes-on-the-x-factor-finale-was-it-better-than-the-first-time

X Factor 2012 Finale’s Most Exciting Moments: Flying Unicorns and a Puppy Named Tater

We feel so many feelings, and all of them are even more confusing than Britney Spears' new bangs. The X Factor's final week is upon us, which means one random street urchin will walk away with a $5 million record deal and more Pepsi Dragon than you can possibly imagine. We're hopeful, fearful, eating comfort Cheez Wiz, and most importantly, super-duper excited. In fact, we're so pumped that we've rounded up the 5 most thrilling moments of the evening! Including but not limited to a crazy... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/eeKB5MEJuS8/x-factor-2012-finales-most-exciting-moments-flying-unicorns-and-a-dog-named-tater

Watch X Factor Contestants Sing Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" Tribute to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Season Finale, December 19, 2012 (VIDEO)

In tribute to the victims of the terrible tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, past X Factor Season 2 contestants returned to the stage to sing for the victims and their families. The cover of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone" was tender, sweet, and emotional. The contestants past and present dressed in white and could not have done a better job. Our hearts go out to the students, faculty, and families of Sandy Hook Elementary School. You are not alone.  //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/WOiYD2f0LD0/watch-x-factor-contestants-sing-michael-jacksons-you-are-not-alone-tribute-to-sandy-hook-elementary-school-on-season-finale-december-19-2012

'X Factor': Who should win - Tate Stevens, Carly Rose Sonenclar or Fifth Harmony?

The contestants have done their thing and now it's up to the viewers to vote, but who do you think deserves to win Season 2 of "The X Factor"?Country singing working class father Tate Stevens? Teenage phenom Carly Rose Sonenclar? Or underdog girl group Fifth Harmony?Because the show has revealed audience vote rankings every week except for last week's semi-finals, we know that Stevens and Sonenclar are the clear favorites. It has been either one or the other in the top slot every single week. But could the increasingly impressive Fifth Harmony step up and surprise?In tonight's finals each act performed three songs and earned universal praise from the judges, which seems to make it anyone's game.But we're not asking who you think will win. We want to know who you think should win. So tells us, who's your "X Factor" favorite? Who should win 'The X Factor' Season 2?Carly Rose SonenclarFifth HarmonyTate Stevens pollcode.com free... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/12/x-factor-who-should-win---tate-stevens-carly-rose-sonenclar-or-fifth-harmony.html

Watch Tate Stevens Sing Randy Houser's "Anything Goes" on X Factor Finale Part 1, December 19, 2012 (VIDEO)

Tate Stevens has more than a support system — he's got a whole #TateNation behind him! For his "song of the season," Tate performed his audition song, Randy Houser's "Anything Goes." It dazzled us the first time and thrilled us the second. What did you think? //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/xHDvQCOyNRM/watch-tate-stevens-sing-randy-housers-anything-goes-on-x-factor-finale-part-1-december-19-2012-video