Lee Dewyze is the new American Idol!
Lee Dewyze, the paint store clerk from Mount Prospect, Illinois, bucked all odds and was named winner of American Idol Season 9. In the process, he edged out strong favorite Crystal Bowersox by a very close 2% in the votes to succeed last season’s Kris Allen and complete an upset victory. This despite the fact that he did not perform as well as Bowersox during the performance finale last night.
“I have never been happier in my life,” said an emotional DeWyze, who worked in a Chicago paint shop before auditioning for the Fox TV singing contest a year ago.
DeWyze’s cover version of U2’s hit “Beautiful Day” will be released as his first single. His debut album, on a Sony Music Entertainment record label, will likely follow in the fall.
Congratulations, Lee!!! 😉
The American people have spoken. For next week’s season finale of American Idol, the two contenders left standing are:
LEE DEWYZE from Mount Prospect, Illinois
CRYSTAL BOWERSOX from Elliston, Ohio
Who are you picking? Whose side are you on?
The shy and reserved Lee Dewyze who gradually transformed into a confident and vocally excellent performer right before our eyes?
Or the cool and laid-back Crystal Bowersox who gamely showed her versatility but made sure that she sticks to her singing roots to possibly become the Janis Joplin of the new generation?
Right now, I am dilly-dallying. I earlier placed my bet on Crystal taking the competition all the way. But with the way Lee has blossomed (and how) into what he has become these past two months, the momentum is all in his favor. I’d be happy with any of the two winning. Honest. 😉