LOS ANGELES, Dec. 21 (UPI) -- Tate Stevens, a 37-year-old road worker from Missouri, was declared the winner of "The X Factor" in Los Angeles.
Stevens, a father of two children beat out runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar and third-place-holder Fifth Harmony Thursday to win a $5 million recording contract.
"First and foremost, I got to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me, my family, all the country music fans -- God bless you," Stevens said. "Thank you so much for all the votes. This is the best day of my life."
"You deserve this. I'm proud to work with you. I think you represent 'The X Factor' really, really well. So on behalf of Simon and myself and all the judges, congratulations," judge L.A. Reid told Stevens.