Tate Stevens Takes Season Two of the ‘X-Factor’
After a two-hour season finale that featured performances by One Direction and Pitbull, we finally have a winner for this year’s version of “The X Factor”: Tate Stevens.
The 37-year-old country singer from Missouri was named to the top spot, beating out the other two finalists, 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar and girl group Fifth Harmony.
“It’s amazing. It feels great. I’m still trying to take it in,” Stevens said after the show, according to USA Today. “It was so intense the last few minutes of the show, I wanted to throw up. It was terrible. They called my name and it was huge. It’s very cool. I’m very blessed. God is great.”
As winner, Stevens will receive $5 million and a record contract, and says that he will begin working on a new album after the new year rolls around. When asked, he said he’ll be sticking with country music.
“I’m going to dance with the one that got me here,” he said of the forthcoming album. “It’s going to be country. It’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m going to put some very fun tracks on there. I’m sure I’ll do some old, tug-at-your-heart country ballads. I’m excited.”
Stevens also said that he will record the album in Nashville, and that he plans on communing back and fourth between Music City and Missouri while his son finishes high school. After that, he said, “we’re definitely moving” to Nashville. Seems very unlikely that he will ever return to the construction job he held before appearing on “The X Factor.”
Producer L.A. Reid, Stevens’ mentor who recently announced that he won’t be back on the show next season, commented on Stevens’ win.
“First of all, he presented himself well and he sings really well,” Reid said. “But (he’s) also a real lovable human being. It was the whole him supporting the family, the family supporting him. It was like the American Dream.”