About Lee Dewyze
In 2009, DeWyze tried out for the ninth season of the reality competition series "American Idol" and landed a spot in the Top 24 that made it to the semi-finals round in Hollywood. DeWyze stood out among the fame-hungry contestants due to his booming alt-rock growl and easy Midwestern charm. But as the season progressed, he steadily gained more confidence, shed his shyness, and attracted more fans. DeWyze even managed to outperform the season's frontrunner, the folksy, raspy-voiced Crystal Bowersox, with his riveting renditions of Frank Sinatra's "That's Life" (1966) and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" (1984). After an emotional finale, a visibly stunned DeWyze was declared the winner of the competition. Following his win, he headlined the 2010 American Idols LIVE! Tour, a summer concert that featured the show's Top 10 contestants. In November 2010, he released his first major-label album, Live It Up, which sold only 39,000 copies in its first week, making it one of the least successful record debuts for any "American Idol" finalist.