Alex & Sierra Say ‘The X Factor’ Made Their Love Even Stronger
When Alex & Sierra won "The X Factor" Season 3 Thursday night, they appeared to have a delayed reaction. They were almost out-of-bodily calm upon hearing the good news from host Mario Lopez, and the realization that they'd just been awarded a $1 million contract with Sony only seemed to sink in when they started singing their signature song, A Great Big World's "Say Something." That's when the tears came.
"At first it was kind of a shock. It just felt like we'd made it through another week," the duo's Alex Kinsey told Yahoo's Reality Rocks after the finale, welling up again as he remembered their winning moment. "But that stage has kind of become home for us in the past few weeks, and knowing that that's the last time we're going to sing on it, that was emotional. And then when all the contestants ran out, I lost it. I lost my mind. I don't know how we were able to sing anything."
"I was holding it together really, really well. I was like, 'Wow, I'm not crying!' Because I'd cried for the entire episode," laughed Sierra Deaton. "And then as soon as the other contestants came out…"
It's ironic that Alex & Sierra, a very-much-in-love couple in real life, had their biggest iTunes success with "Say Something," a depressing breakup ballad. Their weepy performances of that song, and of songs like Sara Bareilles's "Gravity," actually had concerned fans speculating that the two were dealing with on-the-set relationship problems. But Alex & Sierra insisted that their "X Factor" journey only made them closer, and that any breakup rumors are just that: rumors.