It was a close one this season on X Factor, with Jeff Gutt, Alex & Sierra and Carlito Olivero as finalists. Well, maybe not so much Olivero as his fan base consisted of 12 year old girls screaming for his "caliente" dance moves. Gutt, however, had a rough-around-the-edges-but-sexy-rocker voice, a brother in the retired services and an adorable bouncing boy in the audience the camera would strategically pan to. Yet, he was no match for the inseparable duo that was Alex & Sierra, a couple from Central Florida.
Yes, Florida. Florida is in the news for something positive and not for its questionable judicial system, weird criminals (the pooping roof masturbator, anyone?) or its too-warm-for-Christmas weather. What's even cooler is that Alex Kinsey, the Y chromosome of the couple, attended FAU for a bit and even recorded a track on Hoot Wisdom Recordings' album CompOWLation Vol.II called "I Like It."
Adam Kampf, drummer of local indie rock band the Pathetique and student at FAU is (obviously) happy about the win. "It's interesting because they are the most genuine people, and to see them win is not surprising at all. Not only do they deserve it because they are incredible singers, but they are incredibly selfless towards everyone they meet. I'm very proud and happy to call them my friends, X Factor or not."
Needless to say, we have to agree completely with Kampf. Maybe because we're Floridians rooting for positive press, maybe because we interviewed Alex & Sierra or maybe that hug we got from Sierra won us over. Either way you look at it, it's good news.
If you missed it last night, here's a quick recap.
Our favorite moment was the acceptance speech. When the mic got passed to Sierra, she immediately motioned to have it given to Alex, as she was understandably speechless. After he talked, Sierra's humility as she stammered for a response after discovering she won made us love them even more. "And thanks for, uh, making fun of my weird faces all the time," she said when she was finally able to talk. And we're sure there was not a dry eye in the room when Alex cried during the last performance of "Say Something." Here, check it out for yourself. Keep tissues, paper towels, or your coworker's shirt handy. Don't say we didn't warn you.