'The X Factor' Season 2 winner is: Tate Stevens or Carly Rose Sonenclar?

x-factor-winner-tate-stevens-season-2-fox.jpg"The X Factor" crowned its second U.S. champion tonight and the Season 2 winner is Tate Stevens.

Stevens defeated second place act Carly Rose Sonenclar. Fifth Harmony took third.

Stevens was mentored all season long by L.A. Reid.

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The decision to reveal weekly vote rankings eliminated some of the suspense from this year's live finale. Stevens and Sonenclar were consistently the top two acts every week of the live shows, but they switched places enough that there was no clear favorite between the two.

The season was also notable for the debut of Britney Spears and Demi Lovato as judges, while marking the second and final year for Reid at the judges table. After months of hype surrounding the addition of Spears, "The X Factor" failed to improve on the first season's disappointing ratings and speculation continues that more changes will be on the way for Season 3. All we know for sure is Simon Cowell will be back.

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Be sure to hit the comments to tell us what you thought of Season 2 of "The X Factor" and what changes you think the show should make next season.

And, in case you missed it, watch Tate's winning moment below:

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