Who Won The X Factor USA Finale? – 12/20/2012

The X Factor 2012 season 2 finale is over and one lucky act walked away with the grand prize of a five million dollar recording contract! Three finalists remained going into The X Factor season 2 finale Thursday night: teen powerhouse Carly Rose Sonenclar, melting pot group act Fifth Harmony and country crooner Tate Stevens. Who won The X Factor USA 2012 season 2 when it was all over came as quite a shock to many fans. Who came out on top as The X Factor winner for season 2? Read on for the official results of The X Factor finale Thursday night!

Fifth Harmony, Carly Rose Sonenclar & Tate Stevens. Photo credit: FOX Entertainment.


This post contains The X Factor winner spoilers from the season 2 finale. Please stop reading if you do not want to know what happened or who won The X Factor 2012 season 2 this week!


If you want the detailed rundown of The X Factor season 2 finale show, click on over here for our full recap. Otherwise, keep on scrolling for the official results on who won The X Factor USA Thursday night.

The final three left standing going into the first part of The X Factor 2012 season 2 finale Wednesday night were Carly Rose Sonenclar of Team Britney Spears, Tate Stevens of Team L. A. Reid and Fifth Harmony of Team Simon Cowell. The majority of the predictions on various fan sites from bloggers and in viewer polls gave strong odds to either Carly Rose Sonenclar or Tate Stevens easily winning over group act Fifth Harmony.

Before The X Factor season 2 winner was revealed in part two of the finale on Thursday night, Carly Rose Sonenclar and Tate Stevens seemed to be virtually tied with the voters. Both had ranked number one repeatedly in the public vote and they switched places several times over the past month. As for group act Fifth Harmony, virtually no one but their most diehard fans predicted they would end up as The X Factor winners for season 2.

After the final votes were counted and the official results were announced, who won The X Factor 2012 season 2? Did a 13-year-old vocal acrobat manage to beat out the country cowboy? Or was the underdog group act somehow blessed with a miracle at the last minute to give them the 5 million grand prize recording contract? Here are the final results from The X Factor USA finale results show for season 2!









3rd place: Fifth Harmony

And the final results are:

2nd place: Carly Rose Sonenclar

The person who won The X Factor 2012 season two is Tate Stevens!!

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  1. huge Tate Stevens fan I am very pleased to see he won!!!!!!

  2. Also I think these rules where you can vote as many times as you like I’d biased. People with nothing better to do but vote vote vote, even on an app I hear. I vote per ISP address or phone number and Carly would of breezed in.
    X-factor should be based on the possibilities of bringing something new to the industry. Country? They all sound the same and to pull that cowboy hat down on Tate so hard it reaches his toes

    Andrew NZ

  3. Nosgoth1979 says:

    Tate has a lot of talent, I’m not denying that, but I really think Carly should have won. Good for Tate though, and it’s not like Carly doesn’t have a brilliant career ahead of her no matter what. Although that episode started out fairly rough, it was a great way to end the season.

  4. I agree, I think Leanne looked lie she was rinsed out on meth, Carly out classed her and I was right, red necks won by a nose. Carly shall prevail with overwhelming talent and youth. Good on you Carly. Even tough I’m not American, your age group or even live in your own country, (live in NZ) am so proud of you young lady.


  5. What a shame Spears chose Rimes to perform the duet with Carly! A very poor choice that will be remembered by many viewers as the derailing of that amazing child.

    • Poppycock. Carly stands alone as an amazing voice and beauty in and out. Britney showed me she is lovable and caring mentor. Congratulations to you :) xx

      • Sorry but I think you missed the point. I am not denying that Carly has an amazing voice, poise and beauty! I am also not questioning Spears’ regard and concern for her contestants. What I am questioning is her poor judgement in choosing an obviously unstable duet partner. These programmes are carefully rehearsed and stage managed. Rimes would have rehearsed with Carly before the show went to air. The woman was clearly on another planet and if Spears, Cowell and the directors had the power to make some last minute changes, it could have been done.

        • Carly should have taken first. Although Tate has a good country voice there is nothing unique about it. As a matter of a fact imo he doesn’t sound any different than a few other established artists. Maybe now that he’s won he’ll stop whining about how he’s gonna get by the poor thing. My vote didn’t count of course being a Canadian but my money will go to Carly’s music.

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