America Loves an Underdog: Chicago’s Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010!

America Loves an Underdog: Chicago’s Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010!

Chicago’s Lee DeWyze, a Mt. Prospect paint store clerk who overcame his shyness to impress the American Idol judges and viewers with his spirit and soulful voice, triumphed Wednesday night over singer Crystal Bowersox in American Idol’s ninth season.

Simon Cowell, who had pointed to DeWyze as the front-runner before the finale performances, said that American Idol was created for someone like DeWyze, who was working in a paint shop when he tried out for the show and really needed a break.  DeWyze’s first recorded single will be Beautiful Day, which he had performed on Tuesday evening.

Chicago’s Lee DeWyze Wins American Idol 2010

Lee DeWyze in Americal Idol’s Finale Performances: Beautiful Day

Lee DeWyze in American Idol’s Top 7 Performances: The Boxer

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Take My Hand: David Archuleta Sings Imagine

For his last song in The American Idol Finals last night, David Archuleta sang an amazing, stunning version of John Lennon’s Imagine. Just how can a teenager, a young person who’s only 17-years-old, sing like this? For me, toward the end of the video was extremely heart-touching, when you actually can witness what a truly shy lad Archuleta is, especially when his eyes began to tear up as the judges, one by one, heaped their praises upon him. In addition to possessing such rare talent, David Archuleta seems to be one very fine young man.

American Idol Finalist David Archuleta Sings Imagine

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American Idol 7: David Archuleta Sings “When You Believe”

David Archuleta: When You Believe

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Jason Castro: The Dreams We All Dream Of

And here’s yet another reason to love America: it’s a white man in dreads playing a ukelele, a straight fellow who’s singing Somewhere Over the Rainbow, a song that’s been a national anthem for gay men for decades. Singing a version of it that was written by a Hawaiian in honor of a friend who died an early death because of obesity. Singing to everyone about the dreams that we all dream of, in a way that’s thoroughly sublime.

Jason Castro: Somewhere Over the Rainbow

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