“The X Factor” has gone country with its newly crowned winner.
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.
More than 35 million votes were cast by viewers after Wednesday's performance show.
Besides Reid, judges this season included Demi Lovato, Britney Spears and series creator Simon Cowell.
Thursday's show was also the grand finale for Reid. Earlier this month, he said he wouldn't be returning to "The X Factor" next year. No replacement has been announced.
Final performances in the show included one from ‘Mr. Worldwide’ Pitbull and One Direction.
Demi Lovato rocked out her latest hit “Give Your Heart a Break” during the first part of “The X Factor” finals on Wednesday night.
The singer was joined on stage by Simon Cowell’s remaining group, Fifth Harmony, for an over-the top duet.
“This is what I call pop perfection,” Cowell told Lovato and the all-girl group with a huge smile on his face.
“It was so much fun,” Lovato added. “These girls are so easy to work with. So down to earth so sweet and I love them.”
“The X Factor” co-host Mario Lopez was also highly impressed with the performance.
“You sounded like 6th harmony up here,” he said.
Other memorable moments in the show included a tribute to the slain children of the Sandy Hook shooting in Connecticut, where all top 16 performers participated.
The final three contenders left, Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens and Fifth Harmony each performed three songs: one from the season, a celebrity duet and song that would have a “lasting impression” on the judges and on America.
This report contains material from The Associated Press.