From his Chicago audition for American Idol earlier this year, it was clear that 24-year-old Lee DeWyze has a voice most singers only dream about. Rough, sexy, versatile and full of interest, he got his golden ticket to Hollywood and fought his way into Idol’s top 10. But while the judges and audiences loved him, it seemed that the only person questioning Lee’s potential was Lee himself. He was inexperienced, stage-shy, and a bit unsure of himself; but all that would soon begin to change.
Lee DeWyze Builds His Confidence
Early on in the competition it was clear that Lee believed he was meant to be a performer saying that “this is what I have to do” in an American Idol interview online. He worked out his jitters of performing onstage saying his goal was to “connect with the song and with the audience,” and he’s certainly done that.
His performance in early April of Paul Simon’s The Boxer put him on the map to be a real contender in the Idol race. And his show-winning performance on May 4th Frank Sinatra night, belting out That’s Life, had the judges and audience more than impressed. The judges kept asking Lee if he thought he could win. That night, it seemed he believed it.
Incredible Duet with Crystal Bowersox
Then came Lee’s May 12th duet of Falling Slowly with Crystal Bowersox, which stole the show and had the Internet buzzing with the possibility of a Lee American Idol win. The performance by these two innately talented singers was instantly marketable and presaged great things for both of their musical futures. But it was Lee’s rough and rugged undertones in the performance that made it stunning; a strong and perfect counterpoint to Crystal’s sweeter strains on top.
Lee DeWyze Sure To Make American Idol Final
On May 19th, Lee sealed the deal. He brought soul and charisma to his performance of Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd then owned the stage and the competition with an extraordinary performance of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah, which still has bloggers typing, websites buzzing, and fans cheering across the U.S.
This simple man from Mt. Prospect, Ill., is about to take the stage in American Idol’s finale on May 26. His metamorphosis from a high school dropout to one of America’s top musical talents is about to take wing. Congratulations, Lee!