'The X Factor' Finale: Tate Stevens Is the Winner!

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Jennifer Graham Kizer on Dec 21, 2012 at 10:10AM

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'The X Factor' Finale: Tate Stevens Is the Winner!

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Groups: Emblem 3
ELIMINATED (4th Place)

(Drew Chadwick, 20; Keaton Stromberg, 16, Wesley Stromberg, 15)

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA

Mentored by: Simon Cowell

About them: At their audition, these high-energy teens stormed the stage with something to prove: They're definitely not a boy group. Launching into an original song, "Sunset Blvd," they proceeded to delight and engage all the judges, particularly Cowell. "I loved everything about this audition," he said. "I predict big things for you going forward, I really do." After their less-than-stellar version of The Police's "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," Cowell scolded them for not having rehearsed enough. "I don't think you did your best," he said. "It was good, but I would have expected better." Regardless, he pronounced them "winners" and put them through to the live rounds.

Why they got cut: They won the hearts of tons of young ladies (including Demi Lovato!), but these charming surfer dudes just weren't Top 3 material. "This is the way it goes on competitions," Simon said on the Dec. 13 show. "I'm gutted really for them ... But it happens."

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