Tate is already hard at work on his debut album and according to Simon, the right person won the competition on Dec. 20.
The X Factor crowned a winner last night with country music sensation Tate Stevens. While the voting seemed divided before the Dec. 20 finale, judge and series creator Simon Cowell feels the right contestant won the $5 million recording contract.
When asked if Tate was the right person to win, Simon said, “I have to say yes. There are times on these shows when you think, ‘Oh god after all this time the wrong person won’ – but you know, when he sang that song at the end and you hear how good his voice is and his story, you could not NOT root for him. I think America got it right. It’s a great ending.”
“I look at him and Carly, one is 13 years old and the other is 37 and married with kids, my heart says it has to go to him because he needs it more than she does,” Simon added.
When can we expect an album from Tate?
“It has to come out by July/August next year. But they’ve already started working on his album. John Shanks who was on the show wanted to work with him regardless and started working on material. The country world has really embraced this guy. They think he is the real deal. Like I said on the show last night, I think he’s going to sell a lot of records this guy. I think he’s going to fill the spot Garth Brooks was, that market,” Simon said.
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Did the right person win?
— Chris Rogers
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