SPOILER ALERT: X Factor USA Crowns New Winner

SPOILER ALERT: X Factor USA Crowns New Winner [PHOTOS]

By Daily Mail Online on December 20, 2013
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THE X FACTOR: L-R: Demi Lovato, Paulina Rubio, Kelly Rowland, and Simon Cowel on THE X FACTOR US (Photo Credit: Ray Mickshaw / FOX)

There was hardly a dry eye in the house as young lovebirds Alex and Sierra won The X Factor on Thursday December 19th 2013 – and a $1million Sony recording contract.

The adorable Florida couple, Sierra Deaton and Alex Kinsey, both 22, took the title ahead of impoverished single dad Jeff Gutt, 37 and lovable Carlito Olivero, 24.

With their blend of powerful vocals, instrumental ability and folksy charm, the pair had been strong frontrunners from the start.

They did it! Alex and Sierra, shown performing on Wednesday night, were named The X Factor winners on Thursday
Fan favourites: Alex and Sierra became frontrunners as they steadily improved and touched heartsFan favourites: Alex and Sierra became frontrunners as they steadily improved and touched hearts

‘I feel like Christmas just came early,’ beamed Simon Cowell, 54, who is set to make a fresh mint from their success.

Offering his condolences to the loser Jeff Gutt, Cowell said: ‘Jeff…big respect you did brilliant in the final but my heart was with these guys and I genuinely think they deserve it.’

Deaton, a dancer, has cried in nearly every show in the latter half of the competition.

‘Thank you so much for getting us here and not making fun of my weird faces all the time, but thank you,’ she sniffed.

Ladies night: The X Factor judges Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio hold hands during the season finaleLadies night: The X Factor judges Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato and Paulina Rubio hold hands during the season finale.
The finalists: Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero and Jeff Gutt made their last pitch for votes on Wednesday night's showThe finalists: Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero and Jeff Gutt made their last pitch for votes on Wednesday night’s show

 

The smoochy duo then sang a final song – hindered by their delighted sobbing and sniffling.

Gutt, who had already been rejected from the show once, looked utterly crestfallen:

‘I’m not going to give up. I’m still going to be out there on tour and making records,’ he sighed. 

In third place was hard working Olivero, who hoped a win would lift his family out of poverty.

Third place: Carlito Olivero finished third and gained the admiration of the judges and viewersThird place: Carlito Olivero finished third and gained the admiration of the judges and viewers

The former boxer and coffee shop worker from Chicago took his defeat like a man.

‘Ah man, I’m blessed. I worked so hard to get here and look, I made it to third place baby, I cannot be mad. God is good,’ he grinned.

The announcement was preceded by a performance by One Direction – aka Harry Styles, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Louis Tomlinson.

Popular group: Harry Styles and One Direction made the audience eruptPopular group: Harry Styles and One Direction made the audience erupt
Show alums: The members of One Direction, shown with host Mario Lopez, were put together in 2010 on The X Factor UKShow alums: The members of One Direction, shown with host Mario Lopez, were put together in 2010 on The X Factor UK

The British boyband had been styled-up scruffy to perform their new track Midnight Memories with Harry sporting a Keith Richards-style hair bandana. Touching the crowd and playing up to the cameras the youngsters appeared preened and well-coached.

Since their creation during the seventh series of the British X Factor in 2010, the band has become a multi-million dollar cash cow for Cowell, and the hottest celebrities of the moment for the under 25 age group.

Despite finishing third in the initial competition their record sales have far surpassed their contemporaries – and they are estimated to be worth a staggering $99 million USD.

Season finale: The X Factor host Mario Lopez was joined by judges Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato, Paullina Rubio and Simon CowellSeason finale: The X Factor host Mario Lopez was joined by judges Kelly Rowland, Demi Lovato, Paullina Rubio and Simon Cowell
New song: Glee star Lea Michele performed sang Cannonball from her upcoming album

 New song: Glee star Lea Michele performed sang Cannonball from her upcoming album

 

When host Mario Lopez asked about their holiday plans Niall Horan, 20, said: ‘I think we’re all just going to go home be with our families for a little bit, eat lots of food and get really fat.’

Lopez asked Harry if he’d been naughty or nice in 2013.

‘I think I’ve been pretty nice this year actually, yeah,’ said the 19-year-old megastar unconvincingly.

The rest of the finale was filled with performances from the contestants and some guest acts.

Dressed entirely in white and silver the top 13 were reunited for a group rendition of One by Irish superband U2.

Lucky 13: The final 13 contestants on The X Factor were back for the finaleLucky 13: The final 13 contestants on The X Factor were back for the finale

To fill airtime the show was peppered with humorous montages of the judges’ ‘best moments’. 

Paulina had gained a repuation for her dubious English accent, in particular her confusion between the words pitchy and peachy.

Each of the top three then sang a Christmas song to mark the festive season.

Carlito Olivero started the night with a crew of sexy female Santas for (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home.

Holiday classic: Carlito sang (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home with a sexy Santa

Holiday classic: Carlito sang (Christmas) Baby Please Come Home with a sexy Santa

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