America has spoken, and the new “The X Factor” champion is… Tate Stevens! The country crooner from L.A. Reid’s team now has a $5 million recording contract thanks to all his fans.
Tate, 37, told the crowd, "First and foremost I have to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me. To my family all the county music fans, God bless you. Thank you so much for the votes. This is the best day of my life!"
Reid couldn’t be happier for the rising star, "Congratulations to you. You deserve this," Reid told Stevens. "I'm proud to work with you. I think you represent 'X Factor' really well, on behalf of myself and 'X Factor' judges, congratulations!"
The finale featured performances by the top three finishers, including 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar and girl group Fifth Harmony. One Direction had the girls swooning with “Kiss You” and Pitbull had the crowd on its feet for “Don’t Stop the Party.”
While the world knows L.A. is exiting the hit show, fellow coach Demi Lovato hinted after the finale that she could be next. The singer posted a series of "I'll miss you" tweets to Reid, Simon Cowell and Britney Spears. One head-scratching post said, “I’m going to miss sitting next to the STUNNING, gorgeous and down-to-earth sweetheart @britneyspears.. Britney.. I’m gonna miss you.”