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

The 37-year-old country star picked up a hefty $5-million contract and is off to Nashville (17 Photos)

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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Over 25s: Jason Brock
ELIMINATED (13th Place)

Hometown: San Francisco, CA

Mentored by: L.A. Reid  

About him: When a fellow contestant told this 35-year-old tech support operator that he reminded her of Elton John, he thanked her profusely. How can you not love this guy? Reminiscent of Cam (Eric Stonestreet) on Modern Family, Brock has an optimistic and highly spirited way about him, and that's just the icing. This actor, singer and emcee has a fantastic voice, and full control over it, as he showed while singing Billy Joel's "New York State of Mind" at his audition. "You are completely flawless," raved L.A. Reid. "Every songwriter wants a guy like you to sing their song." Later, when the stakes were higher, Reid wavered a bit. After Brock sang Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry," Reid leveled with Brock, whose chubby bod and girlish demeanor aren't exactly typical male pop star material. "The question becomes, 'Can you become a massive star?'" he said. "'Do you really fit?' And if I'm to be honest with you, you really excel in one area, and there's big question marks in the other area." 

Why he got cut: Brock, a.k.a. "Mr. Entertainment," was the first contestant sent home based on viewer votes -- and the singer suspects his sexuality may have been a factor.  "It makes you wonder, doesn't it?" he told reporters backstage. "I think that being gay is a wild card in itself. When you're gay, some people still aren't OK with you being gay...So I wouldn't doubt it if that does hurt in a way."

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