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Alex and Sierra have the 'X Factor'


Alex and Sierra have the 'X Factor'

By Julianne Cassidy. CREATED Dec 20, 2013

"Anywhere, I would have followed you." To epitomize their "X Factor" journey in a lyric, after a two-night, star-studded finale, Alex and Sierra won season 3 of the American "X Factor" with A Great Big World's "Say Something."

Sierra Deaton, girlfriend of Alex Kinsey, had urged unsigned artist Kinsey to try out for the "X Factor," and following her lead, he did. 

Both students of the University of Central Florida, these 22-year-olds now have a $1 million Sony recording contract, which is mind-blowing for two college kids who "scramble money together for tacos," as Deaton joked in an intro clip before taking the stage for the last time.  

Alex and Sierra were an early season favorite. In auditions, destined-to-be coach Simon Cowell asked if they were siblings, to which Kinsey humorously replied, "No, we kiss, so that'd be weird." Cowell seemed suspect until his ears perked at their seductively sizzling version of Britney Spears' "Toxic." 

Times have surely changed from when Deaton nervously cried after that first performance to becoming "the only 'X Factor' U.S. contestant to hit No. 1 on the iTunes (U.S.) Top 100 Songs chart while still a contestant on the show. .. with their cover versions of A Great Big World's 'Say Something,' and Sara Bareilles' 'Gravity,'" as stated by the Examiner.

With an increasing decline in viewers per the Nielsen Company, Alex and Sierra's overwhelming support on iTunes pre-winning was a first for the "X Factor." It was undeniable that these lovebirds captivated America.

However, judge Cowell entered Thursday night's finale wary, after a final performance by fellow contestant Jeff Gutt with Aerosmith's "Dream On" the night before. "The minute Jeff sang that song, I thought, 'We're in trouble,'" Cowell told People Magazine

Carlito Olivero, former member of Menudo, took third place, as Gutt was subsequently announced as the runner-up.

As the first duo to win the "X Factor" (U.S.), Alex and Sierra restrained their emotions, while performing their celebratory encore of "Say Something." Unable to get through the beginning of the song, Deaton wiped away Kinsey's tears, while he changed the lyrics to "you're the one that I love, I *ain't saying goodbye." Kinsey and Deaton fueled off each other, as they'd done all along in this three-month talent competition.

In offering thanks to their fans, US Magazine reports, Kinsey said, "This is incredible!" Where Deaton quickly added, "thank you so much for getting us here, and thanks for not making fun of my weird faces all the time." 

Kinsey and Deaton are quirky, yet humbly endearing. Alex and Sierra made viewers believe in love. 

Julianne Cassidy

Julianne Cassidy

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A city girl gone country, Philadelphia-bred journalist Julianne Cassidy relocated to be a Nashville-based digital editor for Scripps Media, Inc.