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Can Country Music Win ‘X Factor’? ‘I Think So,’ Says Finalist Tate Stevens (VIDEO)

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

Arguably, Tate Stevens had the most solid night on Wednesday’s finale performance episode of FOX’s The X Factor. And he’s confident that country music will represent the show well.

“You have to think that country music is still one of the biggest selling music genres going,” Stevens told reporters after the show. “[Country music fans] still go to concerts. They still go buy real CDs. They still go the store and get the little plastic discs. So, I definitely think that country music is ready [to win The X Factor].

Stevens is definitely the frontrunner going into Wednesday’s performances. He has dominated the top spot in the rankings every week since live performances began – save one week when he slipped to the No. 2 spot and gave Carly Rose Sonenclarthe spot.

So, what has kept the Belton, Mo. resident on top? Judge and executive producer Simon Cowell gives some credit to his mentor, L.A. Reid.

“Where [L.A.] was smart was that he let Tate make a lot of his own decisions,” Cowell explained. “He sounded authentic. And again tonight, a lot of people in his position would have chosen better known songs, bit more schmaltzy and done a cover version, but he chose authentic country songs and he stayed true to his roots, which I think is going to do him awful lot of good long term. I could see this guy selling a lot of records.”

And while Cowell gives his fellow judge the credit for letting Stevens be “authentic,” Reid actually said that didn’t come without learning some lessons first.

“Because I didn’t have a background in country music, I always made decisions that were a little more pop-leaning for him. And I may have gotten him in trouble early on,” Reid admitted. “But once I started to understand that the more country, the better, we sort of hit our stride. I’m really proud of him.”

Stevens sang three songs on Wednesday that would surely make country music fans proud of him too. But, does he think he did enough to take the title back home to Belton?

“Today has been the craziest day, obviously this has been the biggest day, so right now I’m just kind of trying to take it in,” the 37-year-old contender said. “Hopefully, I did enough to win. We’ll see.”

The X Factor finale results show airs Thursday at 8PM on FOX.

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The X Factor: Who Should Win?

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

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This is it — the three remaining contestants on The X Factor gave their final performances Wednesday, and now viewer votes will determine which one will walk away with a $5 million recording contract Thursday night.


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The X Factor: Who Should Win?

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

 Ray Mickshaw/FOX

This is it — the three remaining contestants on The X Factor gave their final performances Wednesday, and now viewer votes will determine which one will walk away with a $5 million recording contract Thursday night.


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Top Videos of the Week: Wins of the Year, Charlie Brown School of Dance, Newtown Tributes

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

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This week, Paul McCartney stood in for Kurt Cobain to front a semi-reunited Nirvana at the 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy benefit concert (and later on Saturday Night Live), and there were touching tributes to the Newtown shooting victims from SNL and The Voice. The cast of Downton Abbey acted out scenes from Breaking Bad, we met the most easily scared man in the world and/or Norway, and Anne Hathaway and Samuel L. Jackson had a "sad-off" about their upcoming movies: Les Miserables and Django Unchained, respectively.

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Why Is The Vampire Diaries' Klaus Sitting Pretty? Joseph Morgan Explains

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

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The Vampire Diaries' Klaus essentially put a target on his back by killing Mayor Lockwood. Nevertheless, Joseph Morgan says the baddie Original doesn't have a care in the world when the show returns from its holiday hiatus.

"In the episodes to come after break, there's a certain amount of him sitting with his feet up, looking at the carnage as it unfolds before him," Morgan tells TVGuide.com. "He's pulling the puppet strings and then letting them go to see what happens."


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Why Is The Vampire Diaries' Klaus Sitting Pretty? Joseph Morgan Explains

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

 Justin Stephens/The CW

The Vampire Diaries' Klaus essentially put a target on his back by killing Mayor Lockwood. Nevertheless, Joseph Morgan says the baddie Original doesn't have a care in the world when the show returns from its holiday hiatus.

"In the episodes to come after break, there's a certain amount of him sitting with his feet up, looking at the carnage as it unfolds before him," Morgan tells TVGuide.com. "He's pulling the puppet strings and then letting them go to see what happens."


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Grey's Anatomy: Do Cristina and Owen Belong Together?

By Celebrity News Wire on December 19, 2012

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Grey's Anatomy has torrid relationships down to a science, but when Derek (Patrick Dempsey) and Meredith (Ellen Pompeo) finally got together, fans could breathe easy. Sure, they still had their ups and downs — the hospital shooting, her tampering with the clinical trial, his need for speed — but at least the MerDer 'shippers can rest easy that executive producer Shonda Rhimes won't — crosses fingers, just in case — ever break them up again.

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However, it's a different story for Mer's best friend Cristina (Sandra Oh), who has been...

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