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Lee Dewyze of 'American Idol' performs
Singer: Lee Dewyze
Monkeys As Critics' Take: I've gotta say, we're only three weeks in and Lee is the only guy I kinda look forward to hearing. He's got a solid radio voice and he has a little musicality. His pitch isn't perfect and he isn't exactly stretching himself. This song is a darned easy vocal and nobody's bothered to rearrange it to give Lee any big moments. But this is an OK "American Idol" performance, taking a limp, emo-y song and giving it just a bit of edge. And Lee is getting more comfortable with each week. He's smiling, relaxed and at ease. In addition, the "Idol" stylists are slowly but surely cleaning him up a little so that he looks less like a burn-out frat boy and more like a rebelliously preppy frat boy.
Randy, Ellen, Kara and Simon Say: It was a strange song choice, but do you want to know what Randy loves about Lee? He made it work. Ellen also appreciates that Lee made the song rock and she tells him that people have crushes on him. Kara says that Lee looks confident. He smiles and agrees that he is. Simon, though, laments that there's nothing to rave about, warning Lee that he's better than the version of the song he just did. He still suggests that Lee should be safe.