Well, that didn’t take long at all. Thanks in part to having the knowledge that Tate Stevens was close to the top of “The X Factor” USA voting results week in and week out, Simon Cowell has done just about everything in his power to ensure that this winner is a guy who can sell albums at some point quickly in the business … and he is also trying to avoid some of the problems from what has thus far been a major disappointment from Melanie Amaro.
Speaking to E! News after the show Thursday night, the musical mogul explained that Tate was already in demand from products John Shanks, and the two have already started to meet together and plot out what could be some collaborations moving forward in Nashville (which is where the man plans to move with his family):
“Regardless of what was going to happen, [John] wanted to work with [Tate], so they started to write material … The country community really have embraced this guy. They think he’s the real deal, which is vital. I think Tate fits into where Garth Brooks was, that market, and I think he’s gonna sell a lot of records.”
The one other thing that came interesting out of Simon’s post-show chat was his own admission per USA Today that the show went purposefully out for country singers this year in an effort to prove that he has some sort of bias against the genre (which we always found crazy to begin with given his effusive praise for Carrie Underwood on “American Idol” season 4):
“We went out of our way to go into regions to encourage country singers this year, because I kept reading about people saying I don’t like country music. I don’t understand it that much because I’m a Brit, but I do like it and I understand how commercial it is. So, I’m very happy that a country artist won the show and I think we’re going to now attract more country artists for next year.”
Of course, we will argue against any sort of notion that Tate was an underdog winner, mostly because everyone in America knows that country fans are loyal, and they do everything in their power to ensure that someone in their genre wins. Just look at this: Blake Shelton has won two straight seasons of “The Voice,” Scotty McCreery won “American Idol” last year, and now this.
Do you think Tate getting his album out sooner following the show will help him be a success? If you want to read some more post-finale new via Carly Rose Sonenclar, you can do so here.