Tate Stevens: A Journey to The X Factor Title

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He was among the front-runners all season long and, last night, Tate Stevens took his place among reality show singing champions, snagging the $5 million prize offered each year to The X Factor winner.

"My next dream is to make this album and be able to tour and live that life - do what I love doing," Stevens told reporters after the show. "I love entertaining people, I love performing for people and I'm finally getting the chance."

But before we look too far ahead, let's take a look back at Tate's journey, starting with his initial audition:

Feels like forever ago, huh?

Sound off now on whether you think Stevens should have won and then watch a number of other performances that helped him achieve this dream:

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