Credit: MySpace Photo: Tate Stevens

UPDATE: Tate Stevens won Season 2!

Age:
37
Hometown: Raymore, MO
Audition Song: “Anything Goes” by Randy Houser

We’re not yet sure what the best part of Tate’s audition was. Perhaps it was his doting daughter, saying that he was already her hero. Maybe it was Demi Lovato saying, “I’m so excited to have seen you today.” It could have been when Tate gave the audience a thumbs up for cheering for him on.

Nope. It was his insanely perfect “American classics” (that’s country, for you non-record label types) voice. The crowd went crazy for Tate’s cover of Randy Houser’s “Anything Goes.” Besides Fox’s creepy flash to Demi’s face while Tate sang about picking up his jeans off a stranger’s floor, it was pretty much flawless.

Although some might think 37 is a little late to be starting a singing career, it’s not like he’s trying to wear a ribbed white tank top in a boy band. Plus, in the first live results show, American voters put him at No. 1 in the Top 13!

But there's some bad news, ladies: Tate is married to his high school sweetheart. They've been married for fifteen years! True love is real, you guys.

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Credit: MySpace Photo: Watch X Factor 2012 Contestant Tate Stevens Sing John Karl's "Redneck Rich"
Credit: IdolxMuzic on YouTube Photo: Watch Tate Stevens Sing Brian McKnight's "Back at One" in His X Factor Judges' House Performance on October 11, 2012 (VIDEO)
Credit: IdolxMuzic on YouTube Photo: Watch Tate Stevens Sing Craig Morgan's "I Thought I Was Tough" on The X Factor Live Shows #1 October 31, 2012 (VIDEO)
Credit: IdolxMuzic on YouTube Photo: Watch Tate Stevens Sing Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead Or Alive" on X Factor Live Shows Week 2, November 7, 2012 (VIDEO)
Credit: IdolxMuzic on YouTube Photo: Watch Tate Stevens Sing Lonestar's "I'm Already There" on X Factor Live Shows Week 4, November 21, 2012 (VIDEO)