Lee Dewyze, Thia Megia, Blake Lewis & Elliott Yamin Cover ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’

Lee DeWyze

‘American Idol’ alums Lee Dewyze, Thia Megia, Blake Lewis and Elliott Yamin performed a cover of ‘Somebody That I Used to Know’ by Gotye in Branson, Missouri. The four were in the city for ‘The Finalists Live!’, Branson’s summer show featuring 15 Top 10 Finalists from ‘Idol’ performing live on stage at the Andy Williams Theater.

After Lee’s gig, he told his Twitter followers on Tuesday (May 15):

Last night was awesome! Everyone killed it! Felt good to Play my new songs for the first time. Love you guys, I’ll be posting a video tonight!

Watch the performance via YouTube below.

Lee DeWyze ‘What Once Was’ Out February 14th

Lee DeWyze 'What Once Was'

Lee DeWyze is out with the album artwork for his ‘What Once Was’ release, which features old material from the ‘American Idol’ season nine winner. Lee was signed to WuLi Records, who is releasing the album, before being released from his record contract to compete on the hit FOX show. ‘What Once Was’ features music from Lee from 2006 to 2010 and is out February 14th.

‘Phantom Of The Opera’ Inspires Lee DeWyze’s Engagement Ring

Lee DeWyze

Lee DeWyze spoke with People about the engagement ring he got for his now fiance Jonna Walsh. “I knew Jonna was a fan of ‘Phantom of the Opera’, and the ring in the play,” the ‘American Idol’ season nine winner said. “I went looking for one that was similar and I found one – the Tiffany Embrace ring – that was perfect.” The 1.5 carat ring is priced from $12,200 at Tiffany.com.

Nigel Lythgoe Upset With Lee DeWyze Over ‘Idol’ Snub

Lee DeWyze

‘American Idol’ producer Nigel Lythgoe turned to Twitter yesterday, apparently unhappy about season nine winner Lee DeWyze refusing to present the show’s top prize to last night’s winner Scotty McCreery. Nigel told his followers (@dizzyfeet):

I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn’t present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he’d been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy

The refusal apparently had ramifications beyond the Tweet, with Lee getting no recognition for being in the audience by host Ryan Seacrest. Instead, Lee was pointed out before a commercial break by the show’s unseen announcer. Lee had earlier told his Twitter followers (@LeeDeWyze) that he wasn’t asked to perform on last night’s finale.

Lee DeWyze Discusses New Single, ‘Idol’, Influences & More

‘American Idol’ winner Lee DeWyze stopped by the Fox All Access studios to talk to host Chris Leary about his life since winning ‘Idol’, his new single ‘Beautiful Like You’, his singing style, having a lot of musical influences growing up, and more. “I didn’t do covers until ‘Idol’,” Lee said when asked about his start in Chicago. “I did one or two covers ever. I had a band, we played for three years together and we had a good little following in the city. We’d play a show and we’d get a couple hundred in there. It was awesome.” Watch the interview via YouTube below.

Who Won Last Year’s ‘American Idol’?

‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’ featured Cousin Sal asking people on the street who won ‘American Idol’ last year just as the show’s tenth season begins. Though the people said they watched the hit FOX show, nobody was able to correctly guess who it was even though Sal was wearing a Lee DeWyze paper mask and a t-shirt that said, “It’s Lee DeWyze”.

The comedy clip at YouTube has since been removed.

‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ Preview

Ryan Seacrest will be joined by Nick Cannon and Maria Menounos to host this year’s ‘Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade’ on ABC. The show will feature performances from Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Sean Kingston, ‘American Idol’ winner Lee DeWyze, ‘Glee’ star Amber Riley, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Disney star Debby Ryan, and ‘America’s Got Talent’ star Jackie Evancho. Watch a preview of the show that airs Saturday at 12 PM ET/PT below.

Lee DeWyze Kept His Musical Talents A Secret In School

Lee DeWyze performs on Walmart Soundcheck

Lee DeWyze dropped by Walmart Soundcheck’s studio to give an exclusive performance and interview. The American Idol winner’s live set included ‘Live It Up’, ‘Sweet Serendipity’, ‘Earth Stood Still’, ‘Dear Isabelle’ and ‘Beautiful Like You’.

During the interview, the 24-year-old talked about how he got his start in music, the lyrics and message behind ‘Sweet Serendipity’, how he titled his major label debut album ‘Live It Up’, how he handled his studio time, doing what he wanted to do on ‘Idol’ despite perceptions otherwise, how his songs are about his experiences, being part of a “weird” club as one of nine ‘Idol’ winners, and more.

“When I first started playing guitar and singing, it was kind of something I didn’t want people to know,” Lee confessed. “I think anyone that went to high school with me or grade school would be like, when they saw me on ‘Idol’, they were like, ‘Hey, I didn’t didn’t know you sing.’ It was more or less, it was for me. I was never trying to be the coolest guy in the class with the guitar or picking up girls. I just liked it. I loved it and I just did it on my own. Once I started getting into it and realized this is who I am. I’m supposed to be doing this. I love what music I’m making.”

Watch it at soundcheck.walmart.com and check out additional pictures from the visit after the cut. (more…)

Lee DeWyze Knows What It’s Like On The Other Side

‘American Idol’ winner Lee DeWyze talked with CNN about his life after the show, living in Los Angeles, and living his musical dream. “I know exactly what it’s like on the other side,” Lee said. “I know what it’s like to be struggling to pay bills. I know what it’s like not to have a job. I would be happy doing this forever. I could die on stage and I’d be happy.” Watch the interview via CNN.com below.

Harvey Levin: Lee DeWyze “Choked” On Too Much Saliva

Lee DeWyze’s performances on ‘American Idol’ didn’t impress TMZ’s Harvey Levin, who said the man who the next night won ‘Idol’ had “choked” on Tuesday. Harvey said Lee literally choked because there was too much saliva in his mouth. The video report from TMZ at MySpace has since been removed.

Lee DeWyze Wins ‘American Idol’ Season 9

May 27, 2010 – As expected by anyone who paid attention to Intrade or DialIdol this week, Lee DeWyze won the ninth season of ‘American Idol’ last night. The 24-year-old former paint salesman told EW.com afterward:

I didn’t know what to do when I won, man. It was a surreal experience. What do you do when you win American Idol? I don’t know — I’ve never done it before, you know? It’s just, it’s like something I can’t even explain to you right now. It’s amazing.

Urban Talks About His ‘American Idol’ Experience

May 2, 2010 – Recently ousted ‘American Idol’ finalist Tim Urban talked about being sent home packing and more at the “If I Can Dream” house in what appeared to be an online chat where he was reading questions off a big screen TV. “I wasn’t like really surprised,” Urban said of his exit. “I was kind of prepared for whatever [Ryan Seacrest] was going to say, so when he said my name I was like, ‘Oh, alright. Well, I guess I’ll be leaving now. I wonder what they put in my [compilation] package’.” Tim added that Ellen DeGeneres was probably his favorite judge since he got a hug from the comedian. Watch Popstar! magazine footage via YouTube below.