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Who won ‘The X Factor,’ season two?

Carly Rose with host Mario Lopez on the finale. Credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox

Carly Rose with host Mario Lopez on the finale. Credit: Ray Mickshaw/Fox

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Country singer Tate Stevens took home the second “X Factor” $5 million prize tonight, just edging out Carly Rose Sonenclar by 1/3 of 1 percentage point in the vote.

You have to wonder if that rather awful duet with b really hurt Carly. Then again, Tate has been No. 1 more weeks than Carly Rose so this is not a surprise victory.

Tate, a family man, has a strong, indelibly country voice and look. He brought his all consistently week in and week out. “Best day of my life,” he said, ever understated.

“You represent the X Factor really well,” said his mentor L.A. Reid, who i s leaving the show after two seasons.

Will he be able to parlay this into a genuine country career?  Hard to say.  He is older than most who break in and lacks the looks of many of the pretty boys rising in the country business.

Carly Rose, a mere 13 years old, sang well beyond her years and gave wonderful interpretations of a variety of ballads. She is so young, it’s hard to say how her career will develop. But she is skilled for sure.

Fifth Harmony could not hold off the inevitable. At 9 p.m., they were told they were third, which is still pretty impressive given that there were other acts people expected would last longer than they did. They were put together by Simon Cowell as five individual singers merged into a group. It didn’t really work for a long time but near the end, they threw together a couple of really good performances and seemed fairly cohesive. That’s to the producers’ credit. And Simon, too.

The show creates a faux “red carpet” event featuring One Direction and the judges before the official time filler two-hour event to name the winner. They do a cool opener using the red carpet and the three acts singing “All You Need is Love.”  They have everyone sing Christmas songs and receive videotaped messages from friends and family. There are no celebrity singers filling time the first hour (unlike “The Voice”). They do a massive recap in hour two and take live comments from other contestants. Then Pitbull and One Direction perform.

At 9:42 p.m., Carly Rose and Tate duet a Miley Cyrus song “The Climb.” Carly Rose sounds more delicate than powerful. Tate does his best with a song clearly not made for him. They are not compatible duet partners.

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135 comments Add your comment

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
7:12 pm

Alright – First!

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
7:15 pm

All of the duet performances were a complete liability – with Tate being the exception.

I’m no country music fan – but I’d listen to this guy’s music.

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
7:51 pm

Good Evening Squishy, Tate should win it but I wouldn’t be upset if either Carly or 5th Harmony won! I do agree the only duet that worked was Tate’s.

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
7:56 pm

Hi Dan! Let’s see how this shakes out – it could go in “One Direction” or another… [pun intended]

Harriett

December 20th, 2012
8:00 pm

Hey, evEryone

Harriett

December 20th, 2012
8:03 pm

Hate this cheesy start to the program

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:03 pm

Mario Lopez is doing a great job parking cars.

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
8:04 pm

Hello Harriett, Yes the red carpet is a bit much.

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:08 pm

Good evening!!! Exciting night. Which one of our picks will be the winner???

Eating dinner. I’m so hungry. Looking forward to Pit Bull’s performance.

Harriett, it’s beyond cheesy. This isn’t an awards show needing red carpet. Heck, spend all that production money on them when someone wins.

Squishy, I keep watching Chloe trying hard because she probably needs something to do in the media besides being Odom’s wife. Sure, she probably has projects, but apparently nothing that’s putting her in front of millions.

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:11 pm

Hi Pitchy! What Odom is she married to?

I can’t seem to take my eye off the waistlines of the hosts – why is Chloe’s belt a full 8″ higher than Mario’s? Is that fashion? It just looks disproportionate.

Speaking of fashion – my wife pointed out that one direction people are all wearing skinny jeans. Yikes!

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:12 pm

Wait, did the girl in 5th Harmony steal Chloe’s skirt from last night???

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:14 pm

…and the red shoes!

Good catch!

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:15 pm

I’m going to change my vote and give it to Tate, but I still think Carly Rose should win.

Squishy, she’s married to a basketball player. I think his name is Charles Odom.

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
8:20 pm

Pitchy, his name is Lamar Odom!

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:22 pm

I’ll make the obligatory wager that – at some point in the evening – Chloe will ask Tate what it would mean to him to win this competition. To which he’ll answer – it would mean everything.

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:26 pm

I wonder how the other contestants feel when such a humanizing production is put together? I mean, this has to influence some of the voting, right?

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
8:26 pm

@Squishy, Mario asked the question not Khloe! lol

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:27 pm

I missed the red shoes!

Squishy, it is fashionable to wear your belt way above your waist, unfortunately.

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:28 pm

You’re going to call me out on a technicality like that?! Whatever… :)

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
8:30 pm

@Squishy, no you won! I didn’t expect Mario to get air time to say anything!

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:33 pm

You may be right, Pitchy – I see 80 year old men sporting that look all over the place… It’s hot!

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:33 pm

DanJ, thanks, I knew that but couldn’t think of his name.

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:35 pm

Squishy, she did ask, or maybe it was Mario who asked “what would it mean to win.”

Too funny, Squishy, not 80 year old men… :lol: :lol:

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:40 pm

No, Dan’s right – Mario asked. I only scored partial credit…

I stand by my assertion that Tate wins this competition… And *then* Chloe will ask him what winning means to him…

I gotta be right eventually…

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:52 pm

Squishy, I think you might be “right” where it really counts….Tate wins. Makes me feel like The Voice where so many thought Terry would win, but Cassadee pulled it out.

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
8:53 pm

Let me state for the record, the word “awesome” needs to be removed from the dictionary! It is so darn overused!!!!

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:58 pm

5th Harmony is gone… I’m calling it!

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
8:58 pm

That would be *awesome* if I called it right…

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
8:58 pm

I say Carly is gone just to be different!

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
9:00 pm

Did Chloe change outfits? I didn’t know Hefty Trash Bag was a fashion look…

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:01 pm

I called 5th Harmony in my living room. We are both right, Squishy. It was the right call with the other 2 contestants vying for the win!

DanJ, difference in this arena may be the right way to go.

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
9:02 pm

I think based on Simon’s comments: “We’ll be hearing a lot more from these girls!” means that he has them locked up in a contract.

Mercedes S.

December 20th, 2012
9:02 pm

Just got back from “familky oriented” movie – “Parental Rights” – and what plays at the end, if not Phillip Phillip’s “Home”!

Pitchy, at 8:27, “belt above waist is fasionable” – this is all Michelle Obama’s fault. She has no waist and so made this weird empire look her own and it took off. It’s also thanks to her and her well-toned upper arms that women haven’t been able to shop for dresses with sleeves for the past four years

Lil Red

December 20th, 2012
9:03 pm

Awwww. Fifth Harmony was my favorite even though I feel Tate will win.

Mercedes S.

December 20th, 2012
9:03 pm

My cup of tea is ready and I can now start watching my XFactor recording.

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
9:04 pm

Once again X-Factor IMO has the best two in the final! Although I’m still a Vino fan!

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:05 pm

Hefty trash bags are loose so lots of garbage can be put in it. Chloe changed into a black spandex slip. Why is she changing clothes. The show isn’t about her. Good grief, stay in your lane and host. Just stand there, read the teleprompter to the best of your ability and not change outfits.

Mercedes S.

December 20th, 2012
9:05 pm

Yes, Tate will win; XFactor wants to visit the house he will buy/build for his wife.

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
9:06 pm

Simon would be smart to sign them as individual artists and systematically cut the deadwood over time… That’s how I’d play it.

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
9:08 pm

Pitchy! +1 – on all of that!

Stay in your lane – perfect choice of words!

DanJ

December 20th, 2012
9:09 pm

Khloe looks like Wonder Woman except Lynda Carter was better looking!

Seth T

December 20th, 2012
9:15 pm

IMO under 45 layers of cheesy banter, back-stories, side interviews, host chatter, re-runs – there’s almost no meat in the show at all tonight. Just a self aggrandizing tribute to itself and the Judges.

5th Harmony out at 3rd, about everyone knew that already. No suspense there.

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:17 pm

No semblance to Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter is frowning (much like Britt).

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:19 pm

I like Vino, but what is CeeCee wearing? Is she channeling early Madonna and Marilyn Monroe – train wreck.

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:25 pm

Pit Bull is full of S.. ……!

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:26 pm

Who can figure out the rest of my letters forming two words (lololol)?

Squishy

December 20th, 2012
9:27 pm

More evidence to the argument that pitbulls need to be muzzled…

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:34 pm

Well, evident Squishy won’t figure it out. Man, you are funny! I enjoy your posts.

Mercedes S.

December 20th, 2012
9:35 pm

Took mne 34 minutes to catch up. Unbelievable amounts of commercials and stupy talk.

Pitchy

December 20th, 2012
9:36 pm

Are those Taylor Swift’s red lips on stage? We all know she loves wearing red lipstick. Isn’t her album, oops showing my age, her CD called “Red?”