Tate Stevens Wins 'The X Factor,' $5 Million Record Deal
The elder statesman Tate Stevens, 37, was named the winner of Fox’s reality singing competition The X Factor and rewarded with a $5 million recording contract with Epic Records. But before Tate was crowned, Tate, along with the other finalists Carly Rose Sonenclar and the group Fifth Harmony, which is made up of Karla Camila Cabello, Allyson Brooke Hernandez, Lauren Jauregui, Normani Hamilton and Dinah Hansen, belted out a collective performance of The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love.”
The final three then each performed their own solo acts, all with a Christmas theme. Tate crooned to “Please Come Home For Christmas,” Rose, 13, sang “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and Fifth Harmony performed “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).”
After Fifth Harmony was eliminated, Tate and Rose sang a duet to Miley Cyrus’s “The Climb.”
In the end it was Tate who went home a winner, and, in a bit of an interesting twist, L.A. Reid was named the top mentor after having just announced he would be leaving the judging post he has shared with Simon Cowell, Britney Spears and Demi Lovato.
The event-filled night also featured appearances by Pitbull, performing “Don’t Stop the Party,” and One Direction (former third-place The X Factor UK contestants themselves) singing “Kiss You.”
The X Factor will return to Fox for a third season next fall.