“The X Factor” U.S. 2012 winner Tate Stevens has been added to the lineup of performers on Fox’s “New Year’s Eve Live!,” which the network will televise on December 31, 20-12, at 11 p.m. Eastern Time from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The show will be live in the Eastern Time Zone and tape-delayed in all other U.S. time zones.
Marlon Wayans is hosting the show, which will also feature performances from Carmen Electra and Lifehouse.
Stevens replaces previously announced performer Phillip Phillips, the 2012 winner of “American Idol.” Phillips (who had a kidney operation earlier this year) cancelled his “New Year’s Eve Live!” appearance, reportedly because he wanted rest up before he goes on tour in 2013 with Matchbox 20. Phillips’ uncle posted n Facebook: “Phillip decided he needed the rest before he starts the tour next year(he’s going on tour with Matchbox 20. There’s no problem with him, just a little tired from this year’s hectic schedule.)”
Stevens, 37, was named the second winner of “The X Factor” U.S. on December 20, 2012. As part of “The X Factor” U.S. grand prize, he won $5 million, a record deal with Sony Music and a Pepsi-sponsored music video that will premiere during the 2013 Grammy Awards. He begins working on his first album with in Nashville on January 2, 2012. Grammy-winning producer John Shanks will be working with Stevens on the album, whose title, songs and release date are to be announced.
Stevens is signed to Syco Music (the record company co-owned by Sony Music and Simon Cowell), and Sony Music Nashville has partnered with Syco to market and promote Stevens’ music.
In a telephone conference call with reporters on December 21, 2012, Steven was asked which songwriters are on his “wish list” of collaborators. He replied: “I don’t if it’s a wish list, but I know there are some guys I want to get in the room with and see if we can pen some big hits. Luke Laird and the Kim Tribble, those kinds of guys. The list is huge. There are so many great writers in Nashville. When I get there, we’ll see what happens. We’ll see how things go and who fits. There are definitely some guys I’ve got to get in the room with and write.”
Stevens (who plays guitar and drums) was also asked in the conference call if he had original songs that he wrote that he wants on his first album. He said, “Yeah, I sure do. And hopefully, one will make the record, at least. I’ll like to write half the record on my first album, anyway. I think it’s better [that way]. We’ll see what happens with the label thing and how things play out.”