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Moments before it was revealed he had won Season 2 of The X Factor and a $5 million recording contract, Tate Stevens' nerves almost got the best of him.

"Leading up to that moment, I wanted to throw up because it was so intense," the country singer told reporters backstage after his win. "This whole thing has been stressful. I am really emotionally shocked."

The end was the culmination of a long, hard-fought battle for the married father of two, who defied the odds as one of the show's first, and biggest, country acts. "It's very important that The X Factor hadn't had a country artist," he said. "I think it's big for The X Factor and I think it's big for country music. I'm just happy to be the vessel that got it done."

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