Top Stories 2012: Mamaroneck's Sonenclar A Smash On X Factor

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Mamaroneck 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar made it to the finals of "X Factor."
Mamaroneck 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar made it to the finals of "X Factor." Photo Credit: X Factor

MAMARONECK, N.Y. – The Mamaroneck Daily Voice will head into the new year by counting down, in no particular order, the Top 10 headlines from 2012.

Mamaroneck 13-year-old Carly Rose Sonenclar went all the way to the end on the Fox TV talent show X Factor.

She ended her eight-week run of high praise and top seedings with a second-place finish on the show's final night in late December.

Tate Stevens, a country singer from Belton, Mo., won the competition and the recording contract, based on 35 million phone and online votes.

The Rye Neck middle-schooler may not have walked off with the $5 million recording contract awarded to the winner, but she did get noticed.

X Factor judge Demi Lovato called one of her performances incredible. Simon Cowell, known to audiences as a harsh critic, called Sonenclar "a star in the making," during the run of the show.

Stepinac High School was the site of an X Factor-hosted  viewing party, where hundreds of Sonenclar's fans cheered her on while she sang her way into the final round Dec. 20.

"I can’t really explain how that felt,” said Sonenclar of the widespread support she received. “Seeing all my friends and my family with the judges right here, like that was so crazy for me, but it’s just awesome to get that kind of support."

According to Cowell, “thirteen years old, this girl has got such a huge career ahead of her, and we’re really lucky to have found her for this show.”

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As it is that not only Susan Boyle being the runner up in Britains got talent
but also Jackie Evancho who was the runner up in AGT in 2010 now look at her now she is an international star and she is 12 years old now;
I don't see why not Carly can't do the same as well; I wonder if David Foster will ask Carly to appear on his show in the coming months.

Carly u are so beautiful, SOOOOO talented, and just AMAZING....i dont even think amazing is the word to describe u, ur like amazing times a billion. i cant wait to buy all ur albums n go to ur concerts. u are the real winner not tate, hes a good guy but very ordinary and had a sad story, thats why he won the factor, america felt bad for him. but everyone knows ur talent is lightyears ahead of tate's. thank you for all the beautiful performances on x-factor! i love you carly!

Carly Rose has a gift...and she herself IS a gift! What nice parents, what a wonderful brother..Just a very likeable family all around!! I voted for Carly to win, and Im quite certain that she will go very, very far, even coming in second...(Remember Susan Boyle, anyone? Most people could never recall who was 1st place to her 2nd in Britains Got Talent!!) I just adore everything about Carly Rose Sonenclar and her family. Love and best wishes in 2013!!