The X Factor USA 2012 winner Tate Stevens is already translating his success on the reality talent show into real world rewards. Stevens has been tapped to replace American Idol 2012 winner Phillip Phillips on FOX’s New Year’s Eve Live! special. FOX announced the replacement after Phillips bowed out of the program due to a scheduling conflict.

The X Factor USA 2012 winner Tate Stevens
Photo credit: FOX Television

Dropping out of a prime New Year’s Eve gig so close to the date is just a bit odd. The show could rake in tons of revenue for the entertainers from millions of potential music buyers. I’m not sure what kind of “scheduling conflict” could prompt Phillips to cancel last minue, but it’s a sweet deal for replacement Tate Stevens. Let’s just hope the real reason behind the American Idol winner skipping out on the program isn’t health-related or anything serious.
The X Factor 2012 winner Tate Stevens will take the stage along with celebrity entertainers such as Lifehouse and Carmen Electra. The show will be  hosted by Marlon Wayons from the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

The FOX New Year’s Eve Live! special airs on December 31st at 11PM. Warm up for the FOX special over on ABC with Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve featuring American Idol 2013 host Ryan Seactrest starting at 8PM. Both programs will cut to the famous ball drop in New York’s Time Square at midnight.

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