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'X Factor' USA winner: 'My world is spinning fast'

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Tate Stevens has acknowledged that winning The X Factor USA's second season was overwhelming.

The Texas-born country music singer took home the Fox reality competition's $5 million prize on Thursday (December 20) by triumphing over runner-up Carly Rose Sonenclar.

The X Factor USA Season 2 - Live finals part 2: Winner Tate Stevens performs

© Fox / Ray Mickshaw



"This is the best day of my life," Stevens told X Factor hosts Khloe Kardashian and Mario Lopez of his win.

He later spoke with Access Hollywood and admitted that he was totally stunned by the X Factor finale result.

"It's amazing. I still don't know what to say. It's so crazy," Stevens declared. "This whole thing is spinning fast and I can't feel my feet. I don't know."

He added: "The thought that people liked what I did that much? It's very cool."

The X Factor USA Season 2 - Live finals part 2: Tate Stevens is crowned the winner

© Fox / Ray Mickshaw



Stevens also reflected on the moment when he was congratulated by his X Factor mentor LA Reid, who is departing the series.

"I was like, 'We did it!' and we had a big old man hug'," he joked. "I turned into a big puddle of mush up there. But it's very cool. I'm so blessed.

"I don't even know what to say. I'm blessed. This is crazy."

The 37-year-old singer struggled for years on the Missouri music scene prior to competing on The X Factor, even taking a construction job to make ends meet.

Stevens earned praise from the judges on the Fox reality show with his covers of Bon Jovi's 'Livin' on a Prayer' and 'From this Moment' by Shania Twain.

The X Factor returns for a third season in 2013.

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> X Factor USA: Five things we liked most about season two

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