'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: Tate Stevens

Hometown: Raymore, MO

Mentored by: L.A. Reid     

About him: Stevens spends his days laying asphalt as a member of a city street crew, but the 37-year-old family man also possesses an effortless, authentic country baritone. When he sang "Anything Goes" by Randy Houser at his audition, his voice so impressed Britney Spears that she said, "You're my favorite so far." Though Reid later admitted concern about Stevens' lack of confidence,  he nonetheless named him as one of his final four.

Why he won: "You're so likable, you're so funny, and then you blew me away with your voice," said Demi Lovato after hearing Stevens sing during the beginning of the competition. Reid, who mentored Stevens, explained to USA Today why his guy won it all: "First of all, he presented himself well and he sings really well. But (he's) also a real lovable human being. It was the whole him supporting the family, the family supporting him. It was like the American Dream." Congrats, Tate!

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