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CookieMonster 03-16-2011 08:43 PM

Lee DeWyze Appreciation Thread #3: He's got a brand new single that's as beautiful as he is!

Welcome to the 3rd Lee DeWyze Appreciation Thread

Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, Jr. (born April 2, 1986) is an American singer-songwriter from Mount Prospect, Illinois, and the winner of the ninth season of American Idol. Prior to Idol, DeWyze had a solo career and formed the Lee DeWyze Band. He had also released two independent albums called So I'm Told in 2007 and Slumberland in 2010, both on WuLi Records. His post-Idol album will be released on October 26, 2010 through 19 Entertainment and RCA Records.

DeWyze was born in Mount Prospect, Illinois. His was raised by his father, Lee DeWyze, Sr., who worked as a postal carrier in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, and his mother, Kathleen DeWyze (née Donahue). He has two older sisters, Sarah and Shannon, and a younger brother, Mike. His musical influences include, Cat Stevens, Eric Clapton, Ben Harper, and Simon & Garfunkel.

DeWyze attended Saint James Catholic Elementary School in Arlington Heights, Illinois and Prospect High School up until his senior year. After leaving Prospect High, he attended Forest View Alternative School in Arlington Heights, having been inspired both by his teachers and his interest in music to return to his studies. While he never graduated from either high school, he eventually got his GED.

After leaving school, DeWyze worked as a paint salesman. At the time of applying to American Idol and until the Hollywood rounds of the show, he had been selling paint for six years at the "Mount Prospect Paint" store.

DeWyze stated on his blog that he owns a bulldog named Capone, is afraid of heights, and loves playing Scrabble.

DeWyze has some of the lyrics to "Father and Son", a classic Cat Stevens song, tattooed on his arm. He has three other tattoos, including a silhouette of the Chicago flag and tree of life on his right arm and a Shel Silverstein on his left arm.
Source: Wikipedia

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"This whole thing has been amazing, from the very beginning to right now ...
I want to be doing this for a long time ...
I will be doing this for the rest of my life, one way or another."

"When I'm up there playing, I don't care about anything. I'm there and it's me and it's them and my music, and it's just perfect."
"It felt amazing man, seeing the crowd, the fans cheering us on, just being up there on stage ... It's what I love to do."
"I just get up there and let my emotions flow and I just start singing my ass off."
"To perform in front of crowds of people, ya know, that's what I wanna do, that's what I've always wanted to do."
"A lot of what I do is just emotion, getting into the music with the band, feeding off the audience."
"I'll do this for the rest of my life -- this is what it's about for me."

American Idol Performances
Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Get Ready - The Temptations
You Found Me - The Fray
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Lips of an Angel - Hinder
Fireflies - Owl City
Beast of Burden - Rolling Stones
Studio Version
The Letter - Box Tops
Studio Version
Treat Her Like A Lady - Cornelius Brothers
Studio Version
Hey Jude - Lennon/McCartney Song Book
Studio Version
A Little Less Conversation - Elvis
Studio Version
The Boxer - Simon And Garfunkel
Studio Version
You're Still The One - Shania Twain
Studio Version
That's Life - Frank Sinatra
Studio Version
Kiss From a Rose - Seal
Studio Version
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
{Duet with Crystal}
Studio Version
Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Studio Version
Hallelujah - Leonard Cohen
Studio Version
The Boxer - Simon And Garfunkel
{Contestant's Favourite}
Everybody Hurts
{Creator's Choice}
Studio Version
Beautiful Day - U2
{Winner's Single}
Studio Version
Lee's Winning moment
"I'm not trying to make the next big hit. Essentially I just want to make music that I love and that people will love."
"My goal isn't to throw a bunch of things against the wall and hope something sticks ... It's about, I know what I like, I know what kind of music I wanna do ... So I'm happy with it."
"We're all in this together and I couldn't be more ready to put in everything I got."
"Winning ‘Idol’ is great, but at the same time people think, ‘Now you’ve made it,’ ... I think, ‘No, now it’s time for me to make it.’ There’s always something better to strive for."

Picture of the Moment

Animation of the Moment

American Idol 2010 Tour

American Idol Lee DeWyze has been touring the country with his fellow Top 10 Season 9 finalists.
"The best part of being on tour is getting to play live; really live! There are no judges and no cameras. It’s just me doing my thing and getting to play for the fans." ~Lee
"I get to open up and be myself. Not that I wasn't on the show. I am a quieter guy sometimes. When it comes to my music, I'm like that. At the same time, now we're performing. Now we're playing a concert. We're in an arena, playing for thousands of people. If anything, you'll see a little more energy, and a little more of me." ~Lee

AI Tour Stops and Dates

Latest Interviews


dancing in the rain 03-19-2011 02:18 PM

Thanks for getting the new thread!


When season nine winner Lee DeWyze started preparing for his performance of "Beautiful Like You," both Randy Jackson and Ryan Seacrest ambushed him to give him a bro hug and chat for awhile. Do you think they all still keep in touch? Maybe via Twitter.
From an article mentioning some BTS stuff. Hee, so cute :lol: Lee did awesome with BLY :sigh:

wicked games 03-22-2011 06:33 PM

he did great last week :sigh: so happy to see him back on that stage! :love:

CookieMonster 03-22-2011 07:15 PM

I don't know if anyone's posted this anywhere yet, but one can never have enough of it :love:

And the AI performance :love:

dancing in the rain 03-23-2011 02:55 PM

MAMJ was the most amazing thing ever! :sigh: I've listened to it many times already, he sounds so good singing it live and I hope we hear it more often now.


so happy to see him back on that stage!
IKR?! It actually make me wanna rewatch some of his own AI performances again :love:

CookieMonster 03-23-2011 08:22 PM

I can't embed this, but it's absolutely stunning :in_love: And the way he looks at the camera :thud:

Chromeless 16x9

dancing in the rain 03-24-2011 04:56 PM

It just makes you melt :thud:

So many new videos to enjoy :sigh:

ღMitra 03-25-2011 04:10 AM


The OP is pretty awesome!

dancing in the rain 03-25-2011 11:12 AM

Sure, no problem. And glad your like the OP!

^ OMG, 1:40 of this ... WIN! :rotfl: And I love Lee's reaction :lol:

CookieMonster 03-25-2011 01:42 PM

That whole video is win XD First the girl filming is randomly like: Oh my god, I want him. :lol:
Then the dude and Lee's reaction :lmao:

I am absolutely in love with this cover :in_love:

dancing in the rain 03-25-2011 05:43 PM

That cover was so amazingly beautiful, especialy the chorus :thud: I can't take it, he sounds so awesome! :lol:

And he broke a string! Brings back memories of his awesome GMA performance! Hee.

Another beautiful cover :love:

CookieMonster 03-26-2011 07:43 PM

New song, new song, lalalala :yay: :woot:

dancing in the rain 03-28-2011 02:35 PM

Love the lyrics, love the melody, love his voice on it, love everything about it :thud: And now I need a recorded version that can play on repeat :lol:

CookieMonster 03-28-2011 08:09 PM

I lurve it tooooo :sigh: Even if it is about a certain someone >> But, ya know, good for him being happy and all that... :look: :lol:

dancing in the rain 03-30-2011 02:09 PM

Yes, that is one good thing about it :lol: And the fact that he got inspiration to come up with a beaauuutiful song like that :sigh:

CookieMonster 03-30-2011 03:41 PM

He's such a gorgeous boy :sigh:

Tho this pic is making me :lol:

dancing in the rain 03-31-2011 01:31 PM

That's ... interesting :lol: The camera sometimes takes the darnest pictures :P

CookieMonster 03-31-2011 04:02 PM

Oh gosh, his neck :drool: *licks*

dancing in the rain 04-01-2011 05:38 PM

He's just .. gah :sigh:

BTW This! Amazing :thud:

CookieMonster 04-02-2011 01:10 PM

It is seriously my ultimate dream to hear Lee perform Stay live in front of me :sigh: I mean, I want to see him live in general :lol: But the way he performs Stay, the emotion that comes out of it... it just... ugg, I just feel it :in_love:


aabf 04-02-2011 04:54 PM

Happy Birthday Lee!! :D

dancing in the rain 04-02-2011 05:18 PM

Hey Ale :wave:

Cee, I know! When he gets to the chorus or the high parts, the emotion on his face just kills me :sigh: And the melodies with this latest version are so beautiful.

OMG, we're gonna get trampled! :rotfl: I just love him and his love for classic things like Scrabble or Lion King... so much hee:in_love:

OH and Happy 25th Bday to Lee! :party:

aabf 04-02-2011 06:27 PM

OMG he seems SO relaxed in this interview, thank you for posting it! :love:

dancing in the rain 04-02-2011 07:55 PM

Sure no problem! He's just so adorable :love:

CookieMonster 04-03-2011 07:33 PM

So many pics from yesterday! :sigh:

Silly ones... :lol:

And gorgeous ones... :love:

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