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Tate Stevens Talks 'X Factor' Win - Exclusive Interview!

Tate Stevens Talks 'X Factor' Win - Exclusive Interview!

Tate Stevens pulled out a victory during the X Factor Season 2 Finale on Thursday (December 18), surprising some who thought 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar was the clear front runner. sat down with the 37-year-old country singer to chat about his big win, his holiday plans, and his upcoming debut album. Check it out:

Just Jared: Congrats! What a crazy night! How did you feel waking up this morning after your win?

Tate Stevens: I’m still really overwhelmed by the whole thing. I got a few hours of sleep, but it’s just overwhelming. It’s still very surreal.

JJ: It was basically you and Carly Rose battling for that No. 1 spot all season. How confident were you going into the finale?

TS: I was confident, and you want to be confident and stay confident, but then the realistic part of it sets in – what did America think? I was confident, but in the same brass, you just never know. I was very nervous, especially when they actually announced the winner. That long pause was ridiculous. I wanted to throw up (laughs).

Click inside to read the rest of the Tate Stevens interview…

JJ: We saw you get quite emotional a few times, especially seeing your hometown and your son talking about you. Was it hard to keep your composure?

TS: Definitely. You know, I’m an emotional guy. I wear my heart on my sleeve. That’s just who I am. But it was definitely hard, especially when he started crying then I was like, “Oh man…”

JJ: How has your family been through this whole experience?

TS: They’re doing great, they really are. They are excited, but they’re overwhelmed as well. It’s just crazy. Our lives changed last night. Now we just gotta try to settle in and get to work.

JJ: Other than winning, what was your favorite moment of the season?

TS: There’s a lot. Honestly, my favorite moments were Wednesday nights when we got to perform. Simon had said some really kind words throughout the season and one of them was, “You’re an honest, good man and you deserve what this can do for you. You deserve a chance.” That was pretty awesome.

JJ: He called you the next Garth Brooks. What do you think about that?

TS: You know what, that’s never going to happen (laughs), but if I’m a third as fortunate as him, that would be amazing.

JJ: You got to meet some pretty big names. Were you star-struck by anyone in particular?

TS: Nah, not really. They’re just people and they just have awesome jobs, you know what I mean? That’s how I looked at them. I will say Simon, L.A. Reid… those guys. Because they’re powerful. They can move mountains. They make things happen. That’s a little intimidating at first, but once you get to know them and once you get to see that they’re just normal people, then things are different. It was awesome. It was awesome meeting Little Big Town, One Direction and all that stuff, but they’re people.

JJ: It’s no secret L.A. wasn’t very happy about getting the over-25′s, but now you have him rocking a cowboy hat. How has your relationship grown over the course of the season?

TS: From the beginning, L.A. has been a great guy. He’s a great man. I kind of got on him a little bit [about it] and he was like, “I just wanted to work with some girls.” He had a group full of guys and one girl, and he just wanted to work with the young girls because that’s what he does. He was like, “I wanted my shot at making a young girl something.” But he said, “Once I realized what I had in my group, I was more than happy to have our group.” And he got a win. He went out with a bang.

JJ: So what happens now? What are you most looking forward to now that you have a $5 million dollar recording contract?

TS: Basically, I’m flying home tonight and I’m going to spend the holidays with my kids and wife. On January 2, I’m in Nashville and we’re starting on my record.

JJ: Who is someone you’d love to work with on your album?

TS: Honestly, there’s a bunch of people who hopefully in the future I’ll get to work with. You have the Martina McBride’s and the Reba McEntire’s, those people of the world. Even doing some cool collaborations with the Jason Aldean’s and the Brad Paisley’s and those kind of guys, it would be a lot of fun I think.

JJ: Anything you’d like to say to your fans?

TS: I don’t know how you thank them enough, really. They changed my life and they changed my family’s life.

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Photos: Ray Mickshaw / FOX
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  • BillyRay

    Congratulations!! Now you can say goodbye.

  • Brazilian

    Wow!! Congratulations Tate!! You deserve it! I’m not even from USA but I’m really happy for you! Not gonna lie, I thought Carly Rose was going to win… However, she, Tate and Fifth Harmony are really talented people and I’m so happy for them!!

  • mick

    Congratulations Tate. You deserved to win and country music fans are loyal. You should do well!! I don’t know why some thought Carly was the front runner. Tate was in 1st place more then her. She’s really good but way too young yet. Glad Tate won.

  • bye bitch


  • Lisa

    HEY Simon X Factor S U C K S !!!!!!!!!!

  • Lisa

    HEY Simon and Fox it’s time to pay Cheryl the money you promise her and for what you Simon and Fox put her through.

  • Lisa

    Cheryl is A W E S O M E !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Thyanne

    e eu que achava que só os brasileiros eram assim … americanos tambéma adoram um pobretão caipira com uma historinha “sofrida” …

  • pop

    @Lisa: hew?

    They have 100% perfect precision because they know at the very exact second when to do the exact movements because they can read minds!!!!!!
    Please try to find more video’s that are any kind of proof that Asians can read minds!!!
    This is what people have been posting all over the internet explaining to people that Asians can read minds, how they hide it and why no one has found out, until recently!

  • kiki

    I think its obvious Tate wont be as big as Carly. Tate will be just as big as last yrs winner….where is she again

  • Cassadee Pope

    I’m really happy to see that Tate won this season, and I’m sure his family is still in shock. I wasn’t able to watch the finale live last night, so I watched it today using PrimeTime Anytime on my DISH Hopper. I got stuck working a night shift at DISH last night, but luckily my DVR automatically records all the prime time shows on the four major networks for me, so I never miss my favorite shows anymore.

  • Lillian

    The right person won. I am really happy for him because, as he said, he gave up everything to follow his dream and for him, it was a must win situation. Carly is way too young and needs a few years to develop as a performer. She has an awesome voice but no personality on stage when she sings. It’s boring to watch her, so she needs to work on her persona on stage. It’s more than just a great voice. She has that and in a few years, watch out pop world. She will be a star no matter what For Tate, this was his last chance and for that reason, I believe the right person won

  • Pepper

    I don’t watch these shows, but I have to shake my head at them letting 13 year olds in the competition. 16 year olds I understand, but a 13 year old being thrust into the limelight like that…. I don’t think that’s good.

  • Jo

    The girl’s in the buisness since she’s 7, and has been in several Broadway shows, meaning she’s more than mature enough (for a 13 year-old) and ready for this world.

  • Tatum

    XFactor and Voice winners go on to do nothing. People should start noticing that. The Voice only makes stars out of the judges and the X Factor gave Britney spears a lot of money and she didn’t help the ratings.

  • jen

    CARLY should have won. True talent & phenomenal voice. It is sad that a sob story won over the most talent in a SINGING competition.