2012 has come and gone in a blink of an eye, along with the whirlwind of new artists, music styles, and developments. Along with it came the long awaited second season of the X-Factor, a television music competition franchise created by Simon Cowell. Every year hopeful contestants aspiring to become the next singing sensation is lured into stardom and heads off to prove they have the X-Factor by auditioning in front of America. The competition consists of auditions in front of the producers, the judges with a live audience, boot camp, judges’ houses, and the selective live finals.
With the end of the year came the end of the second season, which began airing on Fox on September 12, 2012 and concluded on December 20, 2012. Tate Stevens was announced the winner, with Carly Rose Sonenclar as the runner-up and Fifth Harmony following behind in third place.
Fifth Harmony is one of Simon Cowell’s groups put together by the X-Factor. The group’s members-Ally Brooke, Dinah Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello, Normani Hamilton and Lauren Jauregui-all auditioned initially for the show as solo artists but failed to make it past bootcamp. The judges decided to give them another chance as a team, and fused them together as a girl group. Although they initially lagged behind as the underdogs of the competition, their passion for singing and a spark of competitive edge allowed them to progressively creep up the scoreboard securing a place in the top 3.
Carly Rose Sonenclar, an American singer, songwriter, and child actress, is a thirteen year old girl mentored by Britney Spears with a striking Broadway voice and a reputation for hitting remarkably high notes. Sonenclar has sung the U.S. National Anthem for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, and at the US Open in New York City. Her soulful voice blew the judges away at her first audition, and she instantly became a favorite in the voting ranks. Her incredible, emotionally soaring vocals pair off perfectly with a powerful stage presence and a knack for commanding the stage.
Tate Stevens, a 37 year old man from Belton, Missouri, is an American country singer who instantly captured the judges’ attention with his humorous witty personality and a soulful throwback country voice to follow. His lovable personality and his rumbly soothing vocals seized America as well, evident in the whopping 35 million votes cast for him. The humble street paving family guy secured a $5 million recording contract with Syco Music and Epic Records by grabbing the highest number of votes in America.
The producers pulled out all the stops in the smashing intense two-hour finale that ended with the conclusion of the second season. America elected country crooner Tate Stevens as most worthy of winning the show’s $5 million recording contract. “Congratulations to you. You deserve this,” Reid, Stevens’ delighted mentor, beamed to him. “I’m proud to work with you. I think you represent ‘X Factor’ really well.”