They could barely get through their performance of “Say Something” on Thursday after learning that they’d won the third season of The X Factor.
And no wonder, given the churn of emotions Alex & Sierra were feeling.
“I was like, ‘Man, this is going to be okay.’ But then the song started and all those blue lights in the audience, and I don’t know. It just really got me,” Alex Kinsey, Florida Atlantic, told PEOPLE after the show. “It was really, really overwhelming. Then when everyone ran out, I lost it.”
His partner and girlfriend, Sierra Deaton, was the strong one – until she, too, got overwhelmed.
“That’s when I lost it,” she said. “In my head I was like, ‘Dang, I’m the one wiping his tears!’ And then everyone came out, and I was like, ‘Wait, we really did win!’ ”
Kinsey added: “When we were kind of just engulfed in a sea of white, all the white outfits and stuff, and Restless Road was bawling in our arms, and I’m bawling in Colton [Pack]’s arms, it was so emotional. It was so cool, though. That was honestly probably one of my favorite moments of all time.”