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Tate Stevens wins 'X Factor' and $5 million record deal (+video)

Tate Stevens, the country singer from Belton, Mo., won Season 2 of 'The X Factor.' Tate Stevens beat out Carly Rose Sonneclare and the girl-band 'Fifth Harmony.'

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Tate Stevens, who was mentored by music exec L.A. Reid on the second season of "The X Factor," has won the Fox singing competition.

The 37-year-old country singer from Belton, Mo., beat runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar, a 13-year-old schoolgirl from Westchester, N.Y., and teenage girl group Fifth Harmony on the finale that aired live Thursday night.

Stevens wins a $5 million recording contract with Epic Records.

For Stevens, a public works department employee, the X Factor was an opportunity to return to his first love. He gave up performing professionally when he and his wife had children.  He auditioned for the show at their urging.

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More than 35 million votes were cast by viewers after Wednesday's performance show.

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