Archive for May, 2010

America Made DeWyze Choice!

As I had hoped, Lee DeWyze has just won Season 9 of American Idol. Congratulations, Lee! You are the very first contestant that I was rooting for to actually take the prize!

Lee DeWyze FTW!

It’s been quite a while since I blogged. And nearly two months since I last blogged about the current season of American Idol. Interestingly (and most excitingly), the subject of that blog post— Lee DeWyze– is now in the finale, facing off against fellow Chicago auditioner, Crystal Bowersox.

Lee DeWyze

DeWyze has certainly come a long way. During Hollywood week, Simon Cowell, the unequivocal lead judge, once told DeWyze that he didn’t have the potential to be a star. Yet here we are, over 14 weeks since DeWyze responded to that critique with a mere “Okay…” and Cowell is now singing a different tune, telling DeWyze just last week how “very, very, very proud” he is of the unassuming singer-songwriter with a troubled past.

Clearly, DeWyze had the strongest performances during Top 3 Night, with his personal song choice of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man” and Cowell’s own choice for him–Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”– being the highlights of the evening. The latter was almost a season-ending turn; he would’ve won, in my opinion, had that been the last performance of the season.

DeWyze has certainly shown the most noticeable progression of any contestant in this ninth season of the popular reality show, and his humble, approachable nature has managed to amass him quite a following. He’s turned from this “little baby lamb” (as judge, Ellen Degeneres, recently opined) into a force to be reckoned with. He’s even been touted by many to be the likely recipient of this year’s crown.

Indeed, at last Wednesday’s results show, DeWyze proclaimed that he’s “never wanted to win more than I do right now.”

But it all comes down to DeWyze’s final judgeable performances on Tuesday– and, of course, America’s votes– that lead to whether his (or Bowersox’s) ultimate dream comes true.

I, for one, can picture the confetti falling upon DeWyze’s smiling, tear-drenched face on next Wednesday’s results show as he’s honored as this season’s winner. But it’s not just up to me. It’s up to the American viewers who are repeatedly reminded by Idol host, Ryan Seacrest: “You vote. You decide.”

I’m hopeful the rest of America makes the right choice: Lee DeWyze, American Idol 2010!