‘The X Factor’ Season 3 Finale Recap – Find Out Who Won! (@TheXFactorUSA #XFactor)

RAY_7053Congrats are in order for Alex & Sierra–they are season 3’s winner of The X Factor!

To kick off the season finale, the Top 13–Alex & Sierra, Carlito Olivero, Jeff Gutt, Restless Road, Josh Levi, Khaya Cohen, Rion Paige, Ellona Santiago, Sweet Suspense, Tim Olstad, Carlos Guevera, Rachel Potter and Lillie McCloud reunited on the X Factor stage to perform “One Love.”

Following the Top 13’s performance, Carlito Olivero performed “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home).” Mary J. Blige and David Foster then took the stage to sing their own rendition of the Christmas classic “Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.”

After the commercial break, Jeff Gutt and Alex & Sierra performed their Christmas songs–“O Holy Night” and “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” respectively. Lea Michele then performed her new single “Cannonball” off her debut album that will be out in March.

About one hour into the show, Mario Lopez announced that Carlito Olivero has been eliminated from the competition and came in third place. After Carlito took the 3rd place spot, 2006’s X Factor UK winner Leona Lewis performed her new Christmas single “” for America.

After another commercial break, recording artist Pitbull performed his hit “Timber” (without Ke$Ha) on the X Factor stage. Then, Alex & Sierra and Jeff Gutt sang together for the last time with “”. Following Alex & Sierra and Jeff GuttOne Direction returned to the X Factor stage for the second time this season to perform “Midnight Memories.”

To end the night, host Mario Lopez announced that Alex & Sierra have won season three of The X Factor. 

Stills and videos from tonight’s season three finale below. Are YOU happy with this year’s results?

The X Factor Top 13 – “One Love”

Carlito Olivero – Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)

Mary J. Blige & David Foster – “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer”

Jeff Gutt – “O Holy Night”

Alex & Sierra – “All I Want For Christmas Is You”

Lea Michele – “Cannonball”

Leona Lewis – “One More Sleep”

Pitbull – “Timber”

Alex & Sierra & Jeff Gutt “”

One Direction – “Midnight Memories”

X Factor Season 3 Winner Announced / Final Performance

Photos: Michael Becker/FOX

Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.