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"The X Factor" Crowns Season 2 Winner During Star-Studded Finale

Posted Friday December 21, 2012 1:53 AM GMT

Topping off a season filled with great talent, “The X Factor” announced it's big winner on Thursday night (December 20).

In what was a star studded spectacle, judges Britney Spears, Demi Lovato, Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid joined co-hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez at CBS Television City to find out whether Carly Rose Sonenclar, Tate Stevens or Fifth Harmony would be crowned victor of the Fox series' second go-round.

Building up to the penultimate moment, One Direction treated viewers to a rendition of their hit single "Kiss You" while Pitbull livened things up by performing his track "Don't Stop the Party."

So just who took home the coveted top honors and walked away with a $5 million recording contract? Tate Stevens!

Aside from the hefty chunk of change doted unto the 37-year-old Missouri native, Stevens also earned himself his own Pepsi commercial set to air during the Super Bowl.

Enjoy the pictures from Fox's "The X Factor" Season Finale event (December 20).

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