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(Video) Lee DeWyze Sings “Hallelujah” On American Idol And May Have Won It All

Going into the American Idol Top 3, one may have thought that Simon Cowell had made a mistake in his song choice for Lee Dewyze, choosing to promote his song (yes, Simon Cowell owns the rights to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”) over the thousands and thousands of other songs the judges continually harp about the contestants having to choose from.  It wasn’t that one did not think that Lee Dewyze could handle the song, but simply that “Hallelujah” has been done to death not only on American Idol but… well… everywhere.  It’s one of the most covered songs of all time and it had already been performed this season (and may have been Tim Urban’s only truly good performance while on the show).

But presentation helps as well (watch the video if you missed Tuesday evening’s performance).  Lee Dewyze stepped up to the microphone and the backdrop blazed white, like some religious “seen the light” experience.  And when the backdrop opened and the choir stepped out, advanced and fanned out on either side of the former paintshop employee, it was almost as if he had wings.  The word ‘transcendent’ comes to mind…

“Hallelujah” indeed…

Watching the video, one sees all the little nuances of the performance that were simply taken in and missed by the eye during the performance.  It is a rather stirring performance.  Dewyze’s vocals were visceral, his shouted “Hallelujah” plaintive.  His cover of “Hallelujah” was definitely the best performance of the night, easily overshadowing the downplayed songs of Casey James and Crystal Bowersox (although, to their credit, they performed their songs well).  What this means for the competition is that Lee Dewyze, who has been pushed and prodded by the judges all season to assert himself, just might come out on top of this competition.

Regardless, not winning doesn’t necessarily mean these guys won’t be successful.  Just look at the careers of Clay Aiken, Chris Daughtry, Kellie Pickler, and Jennifer Hudson.

Watch the video of Lee Dewyze performing Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” and ask yourself: Is this the next American Idol?

    One Response to “(Video) Lee DeWyze Sings “Hallelujah” On American Idol And May Have Won It All”

    1. Ninouka says:

      You may want to edit: Simon Cowell does NOT own the rights to ‘Hallelujah’.


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