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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Danyl Johnson’s Hot X-Factor Audition!

Danyl Johnson’s Hot X-Factor Audition!

Danyl Johnson, a teacher from Reading, UK, gave what Simon Cowell called, “singlehandedly, the best first audition I have heard” on Britain’s X-Factor talent show over the past weekend.  Amidst the  subsequent commotion from the press, Johnson talked to The Mirror (UK), telling reporters that he’s bisexual.

The Mirror reported: “The 27-year-old dance and drama teacher gave the two girl judges a cheeky wink during his mind-blowing performance in last night’s live show.  But he said he’s a ‘free spirit’ who dates women AND men, admitting that he thinks all the judges are good-looking…even Louis Walsh.”  He said: “I don’t like to conform or be put into one box or another and if I’m honest all the judges are good-looking.  If I like someone’s personality it doesn’t really matter what they look like or what sex they are.'”

Danyl Johnson’s Hot X-Factor Audition!

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Cheeky Susan Boyle: She Dreams a Dream

Cheeky Susan Boyle: She Dreams a Dream

I Dreamed a Dream (Les Miserables)

The studio audience enjoying Britain’s Got Talent this weekend broke out in laughter when they got their first look at Susan Boyle. The unemployed Scottish woman drew giggles from the judges when she told them her ambition was to be a professional singer. Frumpy, nervous and inching toward late middle age, the dowdy 47 year-old Susan Boyle ended up wowing the judges with her smashing performance in the auditions for Britain’s Got Talent, singing I Dreamed a Dream from Les Miserables. No one’s laughing now, because she’s become a Cinderella Diva!

For now Susan Boyle, the middle-aged church volunteer whose soaring performance turned her into the world’s newest instant celebrity, is trying to catch her breath. “All the attention has been quite an upheaval, and she is quite tired,” Miss Boyle’s brother, John, told reporters on Thursday outside her little cottage in tiny, previously unexciting Blackburn, Scotland. “I have taken her away to let her have some peace and quiet before the next round.”

Read more about Susan Boyle in a wonderful New York Magazine article here.

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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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Paul Potts: From Oblivion to Opera on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Paul Potts: From Oblivion to Opera on The Oprah Winfrey Show

Paul Potts, the mobil-phone salesman from South Wales, roused audience members and stunned judges with his renditions of opera classics on the English television show Britain’s Got Talent.  In June of 2007, it was announced in front of more than 13 million television viewers that he was the winner of the competition that was searching for an act to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in London.  In addition, Potts received a prize of $250,000 and then signed a recording contract, which was reportedly worth $2 million.  His debut album, One Chance, topped music charts around in countries around the world, including Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

He performed in numerous European concerts and appeared on American television’s Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show.

Paul Potts Sings Memory: The Oprah Winfrey Show

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The Amazing Paul Potts: Debut Album Tops Charts

The Amazing Paul Potts: Debut Album Tops Charts

Paul Potts, the mobil-phone salesman from South Wales, roused audience members and stunned judges with his renditions of opera classics on the English television show Britain’s Got Talent.  In June of 2007, it was announced in front of more than 13 million television viewers that he was the winner of the competition that was searching for an act to perform in front of the Queen at the Royal Variety Performance in London.  In addition, Potts received a prize of $250,000 and then signed a recording contract, which was reportedly worth $2 million.  His debut album, One Chance, topped music charts around in countries around the world, including Britain, Australia and New Zealand.

He performed in numerous European concerts, such as one in Copenhagen, appeared on American television’s Ellen DeGeneres Show and The Oprah Winfrey Show. The following videos document Paul Potts’ amazing musical journey.

Paul Potts: The Road to Stardom

One Chance: Everybody Hurts (Orguno Suffre)

Paul Potts: Live in Copenhagen

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