Tate Stevens Wins ‘The X Factor’ and $5 Million Contract

Tate Stevens

In recent weeks, the balance of power on “The X Factor” shifted, moving from country hopeful Tate Stevens to budding teen star Carly Rose Sonenclar.

On Thursday night’s “X Factor” finale, Stevens took back the top spot when it mattered most, clinching the title of the show’s second winner and the coveted $5 million recording contract.

“This is the best day of my life,” said a joyous Stevens, 37, who closed the show with one of his signature songs, Chris Young’s “Tomorrow.”

Stevens’s triumph marked a win for mentor L.A. Reid, who announced last week that he would be leaving the show at season’s end.

Sonenclar, the 13-year-old New Yorker with a diva-esque voice often considered mature beyond her years, took second, despite being referred to as the favorite by many. She and mentor Britney Spears made a tearful exchange following the results, though the young talent took her loss admirably, and is expected to sign some sort of recording deal in the future.

Despite a strong showing during Wednesday’s final performance show, five-piece girl group Fifth Harmony finished third, the girls learning of their fate about halfway through the show.

Americans mark 11th anniversary of 9/11 attacks.

As the world prepares to mark the anniversary of the the 9/11 attacks, the New York skyline has been lit up with twin lights, filling the hole left by the World Trade Center.

The bright beams shooting up into the sky are turned on every September 11, and today’s 11th anniversary is no different.

Memorial services are set to take place at Ground Zero and hundreds of other venues around the globe.

Memory: The Manhattan skyline has been lit up with tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacksMemory: The Manhattan skyline has been lit up with tributes to the victims of the September 11 attacks

Tribute: Every year beams of light are shot into the sky to commemmorate the anniversary of the terror attacksTribute: Every year beams of light are shot into the sky to commemmorate the anniversary of the terror attacks

Viewpoint: Japanese flautist Toshi Bota is photographed on the shore of Brooklyn looking over to downtown ManhattanViewpoint: Japanese flautist Toshi Bota is photographed on the shore of Brooklyn looking over to downtown Manhattan

Light: A ground view of the Tribute in Light on the evening of September 10, ahead of the 11th anniversaryLight: A ground view of the Tribute in Light on the evening of September 10, ahead of the 11th anniversary

One tribute to the victims comes at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala, Florida, where 2,741 American flags – one for each of the attacks’ victims – have been planted in a moving act of remembrance.

On Monday, Leon Panetta attended a ceremony at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Secretary of Defense called the site ‘the final resting place of American patriots’, and said he was there ‘to extend our nation’s deepest gratitude to the heroes of Flight 93’.

Grief: A single flower inserted into one of the names on the 9/11 National Memorial located at Ground ZeroGrief: A single flower inserted into one of the names on the 9/11 National Memorial located at Ground Zero

Contemplation: 10-year-old Stella Towers, from Sydney in Australia, on a visit to the memorial on September 10Contemplation: 10-year-old Stella Towers, from Sydney in Australia, on a visit to the memorial on September 10

Display: Another floral tribute to the victims of the attacks set up at the memorial in downtown ManhattanDisplay: Another floral tribute to the victims of the attacks set up at the memorial in downtown Manhattan

Visit: Leon Panetta was in Shankville, Pennsylvania on Monday paying tribute to those who died on Flight 93Visit: Leon Panetta was in Shankville, Pennsylvania on Monday paying tribute to those who died on Flight 93

Ceremony: The Secretary of Defense laid a wreath at the memorial near to where the flight crashed 11 years agoCeremony: The Secretary of Defense laid a wreath at the memorial near to where the flight crashed 11 years ago

Heroes: Candles have been set up at the Shanksville site to honour the 40 passengers who overpowered their terrorist hijackersHeroes: Candles have been set up at the Shanksville site to honour the 40 passengers who overpowered their terrorist hijackers

For the first time, the memorial ceremony at the 9/11 National Memorial in Manhattan will not feature any politicians this year, in an attempt to focus it on the private grief of survivors and victims’ relatives.

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are expected to limit their campaigning, and to cancel negative advertising for the day.

The President has been briefed by top national security aides on what steps the government was taking to reduce the possibility of reprisal attacks on the 9/11 anniversary.

Flags: A lawn at Georgia Tech was covered in Stars and Stripes to commemorate the 9/11 victimsFlags: A lawn at Georgia Tech was covered in Stars and Stripes to commemorate the 9/11 victims

Field: A visitor at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California sits among the tribute thereField: A visitor at Victor Valley College in Victorville, California sits among the tribute there

Put out more flags: Military cadet Ted Sanchez, 16, lays out the flag display at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala, FloridaPut out more flags: Military cadet Ted Sanchez, 16, lays out the flag display at Highland Memorial Park in Ocala, Florida

The White House said on Monday that Mr Obama and his advisers discussed specific measures the administration was taking to prevent related attacks.

They also discussed steps that were being taken to protect Americans abroad and U.S. forces serving in combat zones.

The President has instructed government agencies to do everything possible to protect the American people both at home and abroad.

The attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 killed nearly 3,000 people and led to long-running U.S. wars in Afghanistan and Iraq

Moving: 7th-grader Salvatore Giudice, from Florida, drew this memorial picture for the first responders who died in the September 11 attacksMoving: 7th-grader Salvatore Giudice, from Florida, drew this memorial picture for the first responders who died in the September 11 attacks

Rebuilding: Four World Trade Center and One World Trade Center are close to completion, filling in the Manhattan skyline once moreRebuilding: Four World Trade Center and One World Trade Center are close to completion, filling in the Manhattan skyline once more

Horror: Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the PentagonHorror: Nearly 3,000 people died in the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon

 

 

 

Steve Jobs named in Time’s 20 most influential Americans list

TIME magazine just published its list of the 20 most influential Americans of all time. Among those listed are folks like George Washington, Albert Einstein, Thomas Jefferson, and yes, Steve Jobs.

The magazine calls Jobs the “high priest of the computer age,” and gives a brief rundown of his life and accomplishments, including his time at Disney, and his unprecedented revival of Apple…

Here’s an excerpt from the end of the article:

“Jobs was a visionary whose great genius was for design: he pushed and pushed to make the interface between computers and people elegant, simple and delightful. He always claimed his goal was to create products that were insanely great.” Mission accomplished.”

Walter Isaacson, the author of Jobs’ biography, once said that it was Steve who asked him to write his bio, not the other way around. And since Isaacson’s previous book subjects were folks like Benjamin Franklin and Albert Einstein, he thought this suggested that Jobs considered himself to be in that league.

TIME agrees. Here’s the other folks that made the list:

  • George Washington
  • Thomas Jefferson
  • Sacagawea, Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
  • Abraham Lincoln
  • Sitting Bull
  • Alexander G. Bell
  • Thomas Edison
  • Henry Ford
  • Wright Brothers
  • Margaret Sanger
  • Albert Einstein
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Louis Armstrong
  • James Watson
  • Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Muhammad Ali
  • Steve Jobs

The late CEO was featured on the cover of TIME a total of 8 times, received thousands of accolades, and is even the subject of two upcoming feature films.