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It’s the X-Factor Season 2 finale! The top 3 remaining acts walked the red carpet singing a revved-up version of The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” rushing to the stage and passing former contestants on the way.

Each of the acts got the chance to perform one more time, though no one would be voting on it. After showing a montage of L.A. gesticulating to the Nutcracker score, Tate performed a cute country rendition of “Please Come Home For Christmas.” It would have been a great performance had it not been for the ridiculous dolled up pink “present girls” dancing alongside. L.A. said, “I wish the absolute best to you.” Then they showed some hometown shout outs, which were heartwarming.

For Simon’s tribute, they made him into The Grinch, and showed some of his meanest comments from the judging table. While predictable, it was fun to watch. Then the girls sang “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Simon said, “I’m very, very proud of these girls. My fingers are very, very crossed tonight.” They showed each of the girls’ families and friends telling them how proud they are.

They showcased Britney’s faces, which was probably my favorite of the judge moments. The woman is expressive, that’s for sure. It was a good lead-in to Carly Rose singing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” There were a bunch of little kids doing hiphop in Nutcracker toy soldier outfits, which was really just distracting more than anything. Britney said, “It never ceases to amaze me every time she performs.” Simon said, “This girl has such a huge career ahead of her.” She, too, got a message from her friends, families, and classmates.

Then it was time for the first act to go home. The contestants and their mentors came out on stage, and Mario announced that Fifth Harmony was in third place. The girls were much happier than you’d expect, and they talked about how they gained best friends in each other by being put in a group together. Simon said, “I have a feeling that we’re going to be hearing and seeing a lot more from these ladies in the future.”

After another 10 minute montage summing up the entire season, Mario asked the judges about their favorite moments of the season. L.A. said, “When Tate Stevens walked out on that stage.” Britney said, “The entire season.” Demi said, “Everything, and sitting next to Simon.” Simon said, “Working with the groups has been a blast, and getting one into the finals.”

Pitbull performed his latest single, “Don’t Stop the Party.” Ew. Then they showed a reel of Demi and Simon’s bantering moments. Talk about weird, inappropriate sexual tension. One Direction performed their new single, “Kiss You,” and I swooned. Finally, Carly Rose and Tate performed “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, and it definitely wasn’t either of their best performances. But of course, it really didn’t matter at that point.

The final moments showed L.A., Tate, Carly Rose and Britney taking the stage for the announcement: Tate Stevens won! Definitely a bit of a surprise. He thanked God, his family and his fans, and then sang his victory song: The same song he sang last night, this time more appropriately, “Tomorrow.”

Congratulations Tate! That’s it for the second season of The X-Factor USA.