The X Factor final is tonight, and whilst America waits for the outcome one person thinks he knows who will walk away victorious at the end of the night: Tate Stevens. And who's he backing? Himself.

The competition is now a three horse race between teen sensation Carly Rose Sonenclar, girl group (since the audition stages at least) Fifth Harmony and country crooner Tate Stevens, and Stevens is more determined than the lot to walk away as victor that the lot it seems. Stevens, a street crew worker from Belton, Montana, probably wont have to worry about returning to his old life anytime soon after the show ends, but that doesn't mean a whole lot to the 37-year old husband so long as he gets his hand on the top prize.

Speaking with the LA Times recently, Stevens voiced his ambition to emerge victorious in the competition saying: "Once I figured out that, hey, I’m in --  I want to win. That’s honest. I didn’t come here to lose, I didn’t come here to take second. I came here to win."

Stevens also discussed working under his mentor, LA Reid, who will depart the show after tonight's final himself. Apparently the two have learnt quite a bit from each other, and LA might just be as reassured up as Tate is. He said, "He [LA]’s seeing things from another side of music. He’s excited about it, and if you can get L.A. Reid excited about something then it must be pretty good."

The season finale of The X Factor airs on Fox tonight (Dec 20), 8/7C.