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Leon James "Lee" DeWyze, Jr. (born April 2nd, 1986) was a contestant on Season 9 of American Idol.


Lee auditioned in Chicago. He sang "Ain't No Sunshine" by Bill Withers. Randy, Simon and at least one other judge voted "yes", sending him to the next round.

Hollywood Round[]

Lee was shown in a group with Crystal Bowersox and Aaron Kelly singing "Get Ready" by The Temptations. On his final solo performance, he sang "You Found Me" by The Fray. After that, he was placed in a holding room with Shelby Dressel, Haeley Vaughn, Maddie Penrose, Jessica Furney, Angela Martin, Didi Benami, Lacey Brown, Aaron Kelly, Ashley Rodriguez, Joe Munoz, John Park, J.B. Ahfua and Janell Wheeler. It was revealed that everyone in the room had advanced. At the judges' final deliberation, it was revealed that he did enough to make the Top 24.

Top 24[]

Lee sang "Chasing Cars" by Snow Patrol. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 20[]

Lee sang "Lips of an Angel" by Hinder. He received enough votes to be considered "safe" for that week.

Top 16[]

Lee sang "Fireflies" by Owl City. He received enough votes to become a Top 12 finalist.

Top 12[]

Lee sang "Beast of Burden" by The Rolling Stones.


Week # Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Singer's Choice "Ain't No Sunshine" Bill Withers Advanced
Hollywood First Solo "One of Us" Joan Osborne Advanced
Hollywood Group Performance "Get Ready" The Temptations Advanced
Hollywood Second Solo "You Found Me" The Fray Advanced
Top 24 (12 Men) Billboard Hot 100 Hits "Chasing Cars" Snow Patrol 7 Safe
Top 20 "Lips of an Angel" Hinder 10 Safe
Top 16 "Fireflies" Owl City 1 Safe
Top 12 The Rolling Stones "Beast of Burden" The Rolling Stones 9 Safe
Top 11 Billboard #1 Hits "The Letter" The Box Tops 1 Safe
Top 10 R&B/Soul "Treat Her Like a Lady" Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose 8 Safe
Top 9 Lennon/McCartney "Hey Jude" The Beatles 9 Safe
Top 9 Elvis Presley "A Little Less Conversation" Elvis Presley 4 Safe
Top 7 Inspirational Songs "The Boxer" Simon & Garfunkel 2 Safe
Top 6 Shania Twain "You're Still the One" Shania Twain 1 Safe
Top 5 Frank Sinatra "That's Life" Frank Sinatra 5 Safe
Top 4 Songs of the Cinema (Solo/Duet) Solo: "Kiss from a Rose" — Batman Forever Duet: "Falling Slowly" — Once with Crystal Bowersox Solo: Seal Duet: Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová Solo: 1 Duet: 3 Safe
Top 3 Contestant's/Judges' Choice "Simple Man"/"Hallelujah" Lynyrd Skynyrd/Leonard Cohen 3/6 Safe
Top 2 Contestant's/Judges' Choice/Coronation song "The Boxer"/"Everybody Hurts"/"Beautiful Day" Simon & Garfunkel/R.E.M./U2 1/3/5 Winner





Season 9
Lee DeWyze · Crystal Bowersox · Casey James · Michael Lynche  · Aaron Kelly · Siobhan Magnus · Tim Urban · Katie Stevens · Andrew Garcia · Didi Benami · Paige Miles · Lacey Brown
Lilly Scott · Alex Lambert · Todrick Hall · Katelyn Epperly · Haeley Vaughn · Michelle Delamor · Jermaine Sellers · John Park · Tyler Grady · Ashley Rodriguez · Joe Munoz · Janell Wheeler