The X Factor (U.S. Season 2)
Series 1
Broadcast from 12 September - 20 December 2012
Judges Simon Cowell
Britney Spears
Demi Lovato
LA Reid
Presenters Steve Jones
Network FOX
Number of finalists 17
Winner Tate Stevens
Runner-up Carly Rose Sonnenclar
Previous Season 1
Next Season 3
Season 2 of The X Factor USA premiered on FOX on 12 September and finished on 20 December 2012.

It was won by country singer Tate Stevens, who was part of the Overs category mentored by LA Reid.


On January 9, 2012, FOX admitted that the show would undergo many changes for its second season. One of the big ones announced was on January 30, 2012 when it was revealed that host Steve Jones and judges Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger would all not be returning. Britney Spears and Demi Lovato joined Simon Cowell and LA Reid as judges and Mario Lopez and Khloe Kardashian became the two new co-hosts.


  • The contestants were ranked on how they voted, lowest at the bottom and highest at the top.