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Carly Rose Sonenclar Shines in 'X Factor' Finale

Tate Stevens takes victory over Mamaroneck teen on 'X Factor' show.

Despite the plethora of "Carly's Angels" rooting for Mamaroneck teen Carly Rose Sonenclar, it, unfortunately, was not enough to propel her to the winner's circle on X Factor last night.

Tate Stevens, the country music singer competing with Carly in the final rounds after Fifth Element was eliminated, was declared the winner of X Factor and of a $5 million recording contract.

"I got to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me," he said, after the results were announced.

Carly performed "All I Want For Christmas is You" with an army of dancing "toy soldiers" accompanying her on stage.  

Judge Simon Cowell echoed what many others have said about the teen star: "I mean, 13-years-old, this girl has such a huge career ahead of her."

Mentor and Judge Britney Spears said of Carly's performance, "Every time she performs it's different."

After her performance, Carly held back tears as she watched a video montage of family and friends wishing her good luck.

"It's pretty surreal," she said of her X Factor experience. "I can't believe it's even happening."

Mark Odin December 21, 2012 at 03:19 PM
I had a feeling that Tate Stevens would win in the X-Factor finale. Talent-wise, he’s on par with Carly Rose, but she didn’t have the huge following Stevens has. Some of my DISH coworkers were happy that he won, but my girlfriend was pulling for Carly Rose. Even though she knows the winner, she’ll watch the performances when she gets home later today since it was recorded on my DISH Hopper through the PrimeTime Anytime. My DVR automatically records three hours of the four major networks during primetime, so we can watch shows on those channels without needing to set timers for them.

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