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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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Tate Stevens has won Season 2 of The X Factor.

But did LeAnn Rimes actually swing the voting in the direction of this aspiring country music star?

Yes, according to the family of runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar, following that 13-year old's duet of "How Do I Live" on Wednesday's final performance show. Watch it here:

Talk of LeAnn Rimes drunk on stage circulated after the wobbly rendition, with the troubled singer's rep initially blaming Sonenclar for his client's woes, telling TMZ Rimes was trying to help a "nervous" Carly Rose.

Is that really what the above performance looks like to anyone else?

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A 13-year old protege. A country singer sensation. A harmony-filled group of females.

Three very different acts vied for The X Factor Season 2 crown tonight, with only one, of course, voted as the winner of the grandest prize in reality television.

So... who is $5 million richer?

X Factor Season 2 Finalists

TATE STEVENS!

The cowboy who led throughout most of the season in fan voting took it all home in the end.

Was this the right choice? Vote now:

 

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LeAnn Rimes swears she was not drunk on The X Factor last night, despite a head-scratching performance and a lot of speculation regarding it.

The 30-year-old strongly denies earlier celebrity gossip reports that she was impaired during her duet with finalist Carly Rose Sonenclar on Wednesday.

LeAnn Rimes on X Factor

The singer was "in no way impaired," and any awkwardness was from "trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."

LeAnn, through her lawyer Larry Stein, said Carly was nervous and had difficulty with some of the notes, and she was doing her best to help her through it.

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LeAnn Rimes' duet with 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar on The X Factor finals last night raised eyebrows - and questions about her sobriety.

The two sang LeAnn's hit "How Do I Live" and many viewers felt Rimes' performance was a little over the top ... to put it mildly. Take a look below:

The Huffington Post labeled her effort “uneven and uncomfortable” and pointed out that “Rimes even gripped onto Sonenclar during the performance."

Her voice didn't seem to have its usual strength, leading some fans to speculate online that she might have been drinking prior to taking the stage.

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Before Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony battled it out on The X Factor finale last night, the episode opened with a powerful tribute to the victims of last week's Newtown, CT massacre.

"Words cannot describe what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School last week," Simon Cowell said at the outset, adding:

"We're all deeply saddened by the tragedy, and our hearts right now go out to the families. You'll always be in our prayers, and you'll always be in our hearts, and this is our tribute to you."

From there, as seen below, contestants broke into a rendition of Michael Jackson's "You Are Not Alone."

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The performance are over. The Khloe Kardashian insults have nearly run their course. And The X Factor fate now rests the hands of the viewers.

Following a tribute to the victims of the Connecticut shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the finalists took to the Fox stage last night for three performances:

  1. Their favorite song from an earlier stage of the competition.
  2. A duet with of a famous hit with its original artist (LeAnn Rimes, Little Big Town or Demi Lovato).
  3. A track chosen by themselves and their mentor.

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If Rihanna can find time to stop Tweeting photos of herself pantsless, Simon Cowell may have a job for her.

With L.A. Reid announcing his departure from The X Factor, at least one spot on next season's judging table will be vacant - and The Sun says Cowell hopes it can be filled by Rihanna.

Rihanna in Germany

"Simon is a huge admirer of Rihanna and knows she’s star quality," a source tells the newspaper. "As well as bringing an aura to the panel thanks to her current standing in music, she is also feisty and will make great TV. Simon loves these sort of characters.”

Rihanna is a Barbados native and Cowell often vacations there around the holidays, the insider adds. Expect a meeting to take place over the next few weeks.

But should it? Do you think Rihanna would make a strong X Factor judge?

 

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And then there were three, each representing a different demographic.

One group remains on The X Factor. Can Fifth Harmony take home the grand prize?

One young lady is still standing. Will Carly Rose Sonenclar be the final one?

And one country artist is hoping to wear the crown. Does Tate Stevens have a strong chance?

The X Factor Season 2 Finalists

Catch up on the entire season via or X Factor videos section and weigh in now: Who will win it all?

 

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Emblem3 is no longer in the running for a $5 million grand prize, following last night's X Factor elimination.

But you wouldn't know it talking to group members Wesley Stromberg, Keaton Stromberg and Drew Chadwick.

"Honestly, I only feel happy right now," Wesley told reporters after the show. "We get to go and make some badass music right now and not be under any restrictions."

Goodbye, Emblem3

Chadwick was equally enthused:

"Bottom line is we had the dopest experience. We got everything we really wanted out of this competition, which was a solid international fan base, we expanded our comfort zone by stepping out of it, we learned how to do interviews. It was like training, like music industry on Miracle-Gro.

"We just learned a lot and now it's over and we're about to go do it for real. We built the foundation we entered the competition to build."

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