The X Factor USA (Season 2)
Series 2
Broadcast from 12 September - 20 December 2012
Judges Simon Cowell
Britney Spears
Demi Lovato
LA Reid
Presenters Mario Lopez
Khloé Kardashian
Network FOX
Number of finalists 16
Winner Tate Stevens
Runner-up Carly Rose Sonnenclar
Previous Season 1
Next Season 3
Season 2 of The X Factor USA ran from 12 September 2012 to 20 December 2012 on FOX.

It was won by country singer Tate Stevens who was mentored by LA Reid in the Over 25s category.


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.


Contestant Category Finish Elimination
70px Willie Jones
18, Shreveport, Louisiana
Young Adults 14-16th
week one
By mentor
70px David Correy
27, Riva, Maryland
Over 25s 14-16th
week one
By mentor
70px Sister C
18-21, Harris County, Texas
Groups 14-16th
week one
By mentor
70px Jason Brock
35, San Francisco, California
Over 25s 13th
week two
70px LYRIC 145
19-24, various places
Groups 12th
week three
Fewest public votes
70px Jennel Garcia
18, Rochester, Massachusetts
Young Adults 11th
week three
Majority vote
70px Arin Ray
17, Cincinnati, Ohio
Teens 10th
week four
Fewest public votes
70px Beatrice Miller
13, Maplewood, New Jersey
Teens 9th
week four
Majority vote
70px Paige Thomas
22, San Antonio, Texas
Young Adults 8th
week five
Fewest public votes
70px Vino Alan
40, Waynesville, Missouri
Over 25s 7th
week five
Majority vote
70px CeCe Frey
21, Decatur, Illinois
Young Adults 6th
week six
Fewest public votes
70px Diamond White
13, Los Angeles, California
Teens 5th
week six
Majority vote
70px Emblem 3
16-20, Huntington Beach, California
Groups 4th
week seven
Fewest public votes
70px Fifth Harmony
15-19, various places
Groups 3rd
week eight
Fewest public votes
70px Carly Rose Sonnenclar
13, Westchester, New York
Teens Runner-up
week eight
Fewest public votes
70px Tate Stevens
37, Belton, Missouri
Over 25s Winner
week eight
Most public votes

Selection process


See: List of The X Factor USA auditionees (season 2)


See: Bootcamp (USA season 2)

Judges' Homes

See: Judges' Houses (USA season 2)

Summary of judges' homes
Judge Category Location Guest mentor(s) Contestants eliminated
Reid Over 25s Beverly Hills, California Justin Bieber, Scooter Braun Daryl Black, Tara Simon
Cowell Groups Miami Beach, Florida Marc Anthony Dope Crisis, Playback
Lovato Young Adults Los Angeles, California Nick Jonas Jillian Jensen, Nick Youngerman
Spears Teens Malibu, California James Tanner, Reed Deming

Live Shows

Results Summery

Weekly results per contestant
Week 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Eliminated 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px 50px
Tate Stevens Saved 1st 1st 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd Winner
(week 8)
Carly Rose Sonnenclar Saved 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 2nd 1st Runner-up
(week 8)
Fifth Harmony Saved 5th 6th 7th 4th 4th 2nd 3rd
(week 8)
Emblem 3 Saved 6th 4th 4th 3rd 3rd 4th Eliminated
(week 7)
Diamond White Eliminated 4th 7th 5th 6th 5th Eliminated
(week 6)
CeCe Frey Saved 12th 5th 8th 5th 6th Eliminated
(week 6)
Vino Alan Saved 3rd 3rd 3rd 7th Eliminated
(week 5)
Paige Thomas Saved 8th 11th 6th 8th Eliminated
(week 5)
Beatrice Miller Saved 10th 8th 9th Eliminated
(week 4)
Arin Ray Saved 11th 9th 10th Eliminated
(week 4)
Jennel Garcia Saved 7th 10th Eliminated
(week 3)
LYRIC 145 Saved 9th 12th Eliminated
(week 3)
Jason Brock Saved 13th Eliminated
(week 2)
Sister C Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
David Correy Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)
Willie Jones Eliminated Eliminated
(week 1)