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Hometown Hero

 Tate Stevens of Belton, MO is a finalist on X-Factor, a televised singing competition.  The winner receives a $5 million recording contract.  He is 37 years old and auditioned at the Sprint Center downtown.

Stevens sings country and is a road worker.  He impressed the judges by singing “Anything Goes” by Randy Houser for his audition.

Not only is he still in the show, but he also received the highest number of votes Wednesday night after singing Bon Jovi’s “Wanted Dead or Alive”.    There are currently 12 acts left.

After the rankings were revealed, Stevens said, “Obviously people in America don’t get out a lot.”

This performer has a big fan base in Belton.  On Wednesday night, the community held a watch party at the Belton High School Freshman Center.

During commercial breaks, an auction was held to help raise money to send the contestant’s family to Los Angeles to watch Stevens perform.

They raised $1,200; enough to send the family to L.A. three more times.

The fans will continue to meet every Wednesday night at the Freshman Center to support their hometown hero.  The event is free but donations are welcome. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Steven has put his family first, but is now chasing his dream.