X Factor 'Tate Stevens' Wins Series 2, but the Show Loses Millions of Viewers

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Against all the odds 37 year old Tate Stevens has gone on to win the final of The X Factor, landing a $5m record deal, and a pretty substantial fan base to get him started.

Speaking to MTV the whole ordeal was overwhelming for the country singer: "I can't explain it. It's not real, it hasn't happened," he said. "I don't know. I'm so blessed to be here and be in this situation. It's crazy... For people to like what I do enough to vote on it every week and for me to eventually win this whole thing that's an amazing feeling right now. It's crazy." 

Stevens' win is the best news for the series, and really only good news for the season as, despite being signed on for a third series to begin early next year, their ratings have dropped by almost 4 million average viewers, in comparison to season 1. Comparing it to the likes of American Idol doesn't even really bare thinking about. No doubt producers will be racking their brains before the next season begins attempting to work out how to steal those important figures from its rivals.

As well as losing viewers, Simon Cowell has managed to lose a full $20k having made a bet with La Reid. According to TMZ they made the wager right at the beginning of the season, each betting on themselves to win the season with one of the acts that they were mentoring. Apparently, Cowell is no sore loser and will be paying up asap. 

Anyway, to round this off with some good news, for those of you that have been avidly following Tate Stevens throughout his time on the show, it wont be long before you can buy a record of his, as he said, "As soon as we can get it out, we're getting it out - that's the goal." 


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Hmmm; I wouldn’t be surprised if the bet was initiated by Simon bragging about how his “groups” category was the money maker. Is it any surprise that Simon got the groups (even though he signed One Direction) and L.A. got the over 35 category AND L.A. is the older judge. I can see why L.A. threw a fit when he found out which group he got. I know my DISH coworker was happy when Tate won, while I was rooting for Carly. The season was a lot easier to follow too since I had more flexibility when I watched since I could get ready for work and see the show in any room of my house, but pause and pick up where I left off. I used my Hopper Whole-Home HD DVR to start in the bedroom, resume in the Kitchen while I eat breakfast and finish where I left off in the living room while I drink my coffee. Now I watch way more TV since I can multi-task and watch TV in the morning.

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