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It took months of hard work but X Factor’s darling duo Alex & Sierra won over America, and during the December 19 finale the country made it official by giving the 22-year-olds the Season 3 win.

Although Alex & Sierra have been standouts all season long, it was by no means an easy victory. Not only did the two face stiff competition in the Top 3 against Carlito Olivero and runner-up Jeff Gutt, they had to battle the likes of Restless Road and Ellona Santiago during the course of this year’s show.

So how did the couple’s one-time rivals feel about their eventual win? They’re thrilled! Maybe it was all the holiday cheer in the air during last night’s episode, but the eliminated X Factor contestants couldn’t stop praising Alex & Sierra via Twitter.

Below is what they had to say about their former competition/forever friends with a quick hello from Alex & Sierra themselves:










Jeff took second place in style:



Host Mario Lopez took a moment before the show after party to congratulate this year’s winners:



Meanwhile, Alex & Sierra’s mentor Simon Cowell kept it simple:


And finally, Alex & Sierra shared their thoughts on their win. Here’s a selection of their Twitter messages:




Elisabeth Kramer is an Assistant Editor at Wetpaint Entertainment and our resident Downton Abbey expert. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!