“The X Factor” has a new winner.
(SPOILER: This story contains the results of Thursday’s show.)
Country crooner Tate Stevens, from judge L.A. Reid’s Over 25s group, has won “The X Factor” Season 2.
The dad of two beat out Carly Rose Sonenclar, from Britney Spears’ Teens team, who took second.
The group put together on the show – Fifth Harmony – and who were mentored by Simon Cowell, came in third.
Tate appeared emotional as his name was announced, his voice cracking as he shared his reaction with the crowd.
“First and foremost, I’ve gotta thank the man upstairs for taking care of me. My family, all the country music fans, God bless you,” he said. “And thank you so very much for the all the votes. This is the best day of my life.”
L.A. famously got upset when he found out he got the Over 25s group earlier on in the season, but he not only won with Tate, but the 37-year-old no doubt makes his upcoming departure from the show (L.A. previously revealed to Access Hollywood’s Shaun Robinson, he would not return for Season 3) that much sweeter.
Speaking on stage, L.A. said Tate was a true champion.
“Congratulations to you. You deserve this. I’m proud to work with you. I think you represent the ‘X Factor’ really, really well so on behalf of myself Simon and all of the judges, congratulations,” he said.
-- Jolie Lash