The X Factor USA Crowns Winner Of Season 2
The X Factor USA crowned its second ever winner last night (20th December) with LA Reid - said of his win: "First and foremost, I got to thank the man upstairs for taking care of me, my family, all the country music fans.
"God bless you and thank you so very much for all the votes. This is the best day of my life."
Reid - who has already confirmed he will not be returning to the judging panel next year - added: "Congratulations to you, you deserve this... I think you represent The X Factor really well. So on behalf of myself, Simon [Cowell] and all of the judges, congratulations."
Meanwhile, in other XF USA newsLeAnn Rimes has defended her 'awkward' performance with Sonenclar the previous night, after she was accused of being drunk while singing her hit single How Do I Live with the teen.
Rimes is said to have dismissed the accusations as "gossip and lies", with TMZ quoting her as saying: "I was trying to help this 13-year-old girl who was having some trouble with the song."
LeAnn's lawyer Larry Stein also apparently told the website: "LeAnn was not performing the way she would normally perform, because she was on stage with a young girl."
Rimes later took to Twitter to express her support of Carly Rose, stating: "In my 18 years of performing, I have never been anything but professional on stage.
"It is a shame that gossip and lies are overshadowing the performance of Carly, a very talented young girl."
She added: "And while I have not given any media outlet a quote, if you want one, here it is - 'It was an amazing opportunity to share this experience with Carly and I know I'll be watching for her to win tonight'."