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!


2 Responses to “Lee DeWyze FTW!”

  1. 1 104men May 24, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Jon, I remember when Simon told David Cook he had no charisma whatsoever, and David Cook answered him back saying something like “America will decide that” — and America did.

    I am in Canada and am unable to vote – I do dream about the opportunity though lol. I can say though that I have never wanted a contestant to win as much as Lee DeWyze. I don’t recall seeing him auditioning, but I do remember hearing “that voice” during the AI episode revealing the top 24.

    I liked his attitude, his gratefullness and excitement on being told he had made the cut. The judges had been concerned about a perceived lack of confidence – I think they had mistaken “lack of confidence” with “humility”. There is a difference.

    But that voice – there is no denying it, no debating it. It’s beautiful.


    • 2 jonsquared May 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

      Thanks for stopping by my blog, Amanda. I truly hope Lee wins this thing because he deserves it as much as Crystal does, but his winning it would be more of a storybook ending than Crystal’s. I wish them both the best, but, of course, I’m sending more good mojo to Lee. 🙂

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