Tate Stevens who seems a tad over-the-hill to be a pop idol, nonetheless captured the crown on season two of “X Factor. He topped 13-year-old Rose Soneclar and girl group Fifth Harmony.
Tate is actually older than Taylor Hicks, who was the oldest candidate to date to win a pop singing contest on television.
Hicks won the fifth season of “American Idol” and was 30 at the time. Stevens is 37. Hicks has had mixed success as a professional singer and has been eclipsed in his career by rival Chris Daughtry, who fronts the band Daughtry, the most successful recording artist from that season.
Sevens is a country singer which appeals to a broader spectrum of age groups. He’ll also get a much bigger head start. The Missouri father of two and construction worker will get a $5 million recording contract for coming in first.
Sonenclar, the 13-year-old music phenom seemed like the front-runner going into the final round. Simon Cowell’s Fifth Harmony also showed considerable talent and Cowell hinted they may get a contract as well.
“I have a feeling that we’re going to be hearing and seeing a lot more of these girls in the future,” Cowell said afterward.
Stevens was mentored by music mogul L.A. Reid while Britney Spears worked with Sonenclar. “You deserve this. I’m proud to work with you. I think you represent The X Factor really, really well. So on behalf of Simon and myself and all the judges, congratulations,” Reid gushed.
Sonenclar performed a controversial duet with LeAnn Rimes yesterday, in which Rimes appeared to overpower her. Critics claim Rimes appeared to be tanked, but she heatedly denied the allegations in a confusing series of Tweets.
Stevens was humble in victory. “First and foremost I got to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me, my family, all the country music fans – God bless you,” he said after hearing the results. “Thank you so much for all the votes. This is the best day of my life.”
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