Wow I have to admit, I am shocked! I mean Tate Stevens is awesome, but Carly Rose Sonenclar is amazing! She is so young and has so much potential. I know this will not be the last we see of her.
It was an incredible night, all of the acts gave it their all. The opening tribute to the Newtown shooting victims brought me to tears, and Carly rocked it. She has that stage presence about her – I thought she had it in the bag when she preformed Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” (video below) even Celine and her hubby were impressed. Of course there are those who want to say that LeAnn Rimes ruined her chances, but that my friends is a different story.
Tate Stevens rocked it out and is our 2012 X Factor winner. He has the whole package – as far as country goes, including that heart warming story and love for his family. Put a bow on it honey, cause he got that thang wrapped up!
Before performing “Please Come Home for Christmas” (video below) for the finale, the 27 year old said,
“I want to win. That’s honest. I didn’t come here to lose, I didn’t come here to take second. I came here to win. It’s nuts. I actually have a better chance of winning this than I do getting struck by lightening.”
And upon winning he was clearly surprised.
“First and foremost, I gotta thank the man upstairs for taking care of me,” Stevens said. “My family, all the country music fans, God bless you.”
Well, the $5 million is all his now! What to do, what to do….
Ratings for the show were through the roof, but still down compared to last season. Many suspect Khloe Kardashian is the reason, and while it was at times hard to watch her, it wasn’t that bad. She is no Ryan Seacrest, but she held he own. Anyway, expect a shake up next year – even for the judges!
Check out the videos below.