The X Factor: And the Winner Is...

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With four solid hours of The X Factor on Fox's schedule this week, you were probably very ready for the winner to be revealed. And tonight, we finally got the answer... following an over the top red-carpet intro, a few Christmas songs from the top three acts, performances from Pitbull (he's not still in Alaska?) and One Direction, three Khloe Kardashian costume changes, and one last duet between the final two.

But then, the big reveal, which saw America go country with Tate Stevens taking home the crown.

Quite frankly, we're happy with the choice. We've said before that Tate has the most to gain from this title. At 37, breaking into the country music scene will be tough, but $5 million and a Pepsi commercial certainly won't hurt. Maybe he'll even get a duet with new brand spokeswoman Beyonce?

Meanwhile, at 13 years old Carly Rose Sonnenclar still has nothing but opportunity ahead of her. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised to see Disney snatch her up for a musical show tomorrow, especially with so many current actors on the Disney channel aging out of the demographic. Fifth Harmony might be a roll of the dice going forward. We still believe Camila Cabello has the talent to go solo and the group's Christmas song performance tonight didn't match their previous efforts. That said, all it may take is an interest from Simon Cowell in continuing to develop the group, just like he did with One Direction and will likely do for Emblem3 as well. He's probably got the time for it, assuming his support of girlfriend Carmen Electra's singing career is going to be short-lived.

As for the show itself, there are bound to be changes ahead. It's already been announced that L.A. Reid will be leaving the judges' table next year to focus on finding the next Justin Bieber now that Justin Bieber is doing more producing work than L.A. Reid is. It seems highly doubtful that Britney will return for less than this year's staggering $15 million salary. And surely Demi Lovato will be leaving to record some more music herself. That leaves Simon with the prospect of finding three new judges for 2013, which is apparently the new normal for music competition shows. With Mariah Carey, Keith Urban and Nicki Minaj making their American Idol debuts in January, you can cross them off the list. So who's left? Well, we'll leave that to you to decide in the comments...


QUESTIONS:

1. Will we see more of Fifth Harmony someday?

2. What's next for Carly Rose Sonnenclar?

3. Are you happy that Tate won?

4. Who would you like to see replace L.A. Reid on the judging panel next year?

5. Are you hoping for another year of Britney or Demi? If not, give us your picks for their replacements below.

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