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X Factor USA Season 2 finalist Vino Alan has been in the top 3 for the past two weeks. The 40-year-old musician already has a fierce fan following, including Jersey Shore’s Snooki, who jumped on Twitter to defend Vino during his audition. “Don’t just a book by its cover,” Snooki said, chiding fans judging Vino for his many tattoos.

Vino’s fiercest competitor seems to be family man Tate Stevens, a country crooner with the requisite cowboy hat and brood of children. While Vino may have a lot more body art than Tate does (who knows? maybe Tate’s got some hidden ink), one thing they have in common? They’re both dads.

Vino’s son, Sky D, is 15 years old. In his X Factor bio, Vino says, “If I didn’t have my son, I’d be a vagabond musician forever. He’s the world to me.” While we don’t know much about Sky other than that his father loves him a lot (and was only 25 when he was born!), and his parents got divorced when he was just two. Obviously, we want to know more about this darling kid. Get on Twitter, Sky!

Do you think Vino is going to go all the way?

Sources: X Factor

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