photo: @geralynK

Lee DeWyze is set to sing the National Anthem for Game 2 of the NBA finals between the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Watch this space for video!

Finally…a video.

VIDEO AFTER THE JUMP…

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  • Kirsten

    That’s kind of an odd picture. All that orange/red/yellow in the background makes it look like Lee is singing while Atlanta burns behind him (or fiddles while Rome burns). LOL. But Miss Scarlet, I don’t know nothin’ about birthin’ no babies!

    Just passing time before the 7500 versions of Idols singing the anthem get posted so that they can all be compared…and then people say that nobody compares to Whitney’s version…and then people say because she lip-synched it…and then people say that’s because they almost always lip-synch the NA for the Superbowl because of the massive sound issues…and then we all decide the NA is tough to sing…and then somebody says that the Russian anthem actually sounds really nice and then the fanwars really start.

  • jlc

    Nails it! Way to go Lee! And to all the naysayers…pppppfffffttttt (that’s a big Raspberry)!!

  • http://none SueSt

    So happy for Lee… he did himself proud. Read he was feeling a little sick… and he was surely nervous… so Bravo!!

  • Dlynne

    Did he sing before 8:00 p.m.?

  • girlygirl

    I missed it! How did he do? Split opinions on twitter about how he did…some liked it, some say he murdered it…

  • Dlynne

    I missed it, too. I turned the television on at 4:59 pacific time and I missed it. Damn.

  • Miss Chaos

    I watched it, I think he did a really good job, he had to be so nervous, we know how nervous he gets, but he didnt look it, and we know how hard that song is to sing, Way to go Lee, I am proud of you!!!

  • Mariam94

    That’s a mighty fine picture of Lee, in my opinion :) Just got home. Guessing from the comments he did pretty good?

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    I changed the photo to something more appropriate. Normally, I would have recorded it, but I’m still without electricity. (and blogging from a kinkos)

  • glamertitis

    Just passing time before the 7500 versions of Idols singing the anthem get posted so that they can all be compared…and then people say that nobody compares to Whitney’s version…and then people say because she lip-synched it…and then people say that’s because they almost always lip-synch the NA for the Superbowl because of the massive sound issues…and then we all decide the NA is tough to sing…and then somebody says that the Russian anthem actually sounds really nice and then the fanwars really start

    .
    That is fracking Hilarious!!!ROFL

  • http://none SueSt

    Not many runs or “flavor”, but overall very good. I would say the lower notes were just a little shaky, but the top notes and especially “land of the free” were clear and beautiful! Go Lee!

  • tripp_ncwy

    Lee looked very nervous but sounded really good. What was he looking at? His eyes seemed to be transfixed on something.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Really, most of the Idols just coming off the show, with little experience singing the Anthem in high pressure situations–usually not at their best.

  • http://none SueSt

    the photo is funny, MJ, but thanks for posting. Poor Lee is short next to “normal” people, but next to NBA playas…. hahahahaha! sorry you’re stuck without electricity… hope you get light soon!!

  • flicker

    I thought he sounded great. His voice sounded clear and really nice. He did look nervous, but that’s to be expected given the circumstances, I think.

  • Ximena

    haha that pic is hilarius! lee looks so short XD yeah i didn’t watched but some friends are telling me that he did a good job… i’m happy now XD

  • http://none SueSt

    the staples center holds 20,000, way bigger than the 7,000 seat Nokia… so he was sure to be nervous… but acquitted himself nicely, I think.

  • canadiancookfan

    Lee did a great job with the national anthem! I admit I was a little nervous because that’s a really hard song to sing, especially with the fans so close and all the big stars at the game. I mean even David Cook had difficulty controlling his nerves (and I love me some David Cook). He sang it straight without any added runs (which is the way I prefer to hear it) and he sounded clear, confident, on pitch and he hit all the right notes.
    Way to go Lee!

  • Nina1

    …and then

    Why, thank you Kirsten for wrapping that up. No need to post now! :-)

    (But it’s a good thing that tall dude isn’t a girl Lee has to dance with)

  • Kirsten

    Normally, I would have recorded it, but I’m still without electricity. (and blogging from a kinkos)

    Is your power “Gone with the Wind”?

    I hope you have it back before the smell of toner fries your brain (though it might make dealing with us posters more easy to take).

  • http://none SueSt

    even David Cook had difficulty controlling his nerves

    David Cook was really NOT good… and I also love me some David Cook. Fav idol that I’ve heard was Elliot Yamin. He didn’t take the top “land of the free” run, but he sang it with lots of flava and passion.

  • glamertitis

    Woohoo! Lee did great! So proud of him today :)

  • Esqt

    My hearing tells me, he’s in tune and my sight says, there is no deer.

  • poster

    Lee did a very good job with the National Anthem. He didn’t even “gruff it up” at all…I wonder if they’re told not to, because I remember David Cook sang it straight without his gravelly growl, too. Lee did a great job.

  • heidijoy

    Lee looked poised and sounded great! He had added pressure as he performed right after a major tribute to John Wooden.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Fav idol that I’ve heard was Elliot Yamin.

    See how your mileage may vary here? I thought he started in too high a key and then proceeded to kinda murder it. And I love me some Elliott too.

    The NBA National Anthem is a tradition, a first outing for the newly minted Idol. And the thread is almost always a bloodbath, with fans lining up along the typical party lines to argue.

    I actually don’t look foward to it. lol.

  • Ximena

    i found this pic of him singin http://twitpic.com/1umpsn

  • AIaddict

    Yep, to me Lee seemed alot less nervous than Cookie did two years ago. Way to go Lee! I’m so happy he did great. He must have been looking at the flag and did not look nervous hardly at all.

  • Rmos22

    He did ok but he bummed the last note.

  • girlygirl

    how many years in a row have Idols sung the NA at the NBA Finals? Lee, Kris, Cook all have…what about before that?

    glad to hear Lee didn’t seem nervous

  • http://none SueSt

    The NBA National Anthem is a tradition, a first outing for the newly minted Idol. And the thread is almost always a bloodbath, with fans lining up along the typical party lines to argue.

    I actually don’t look foward to it. lol.

    I hear you MJ… especially so fresh off of his win… there’s bound to be a lot of taking sides!

    Again, it was a straight sing, for me some shaky lower notes, but clear and beautiful upper ones… I’ll be interested to hear your take on it.

  • weese

    Very nice straight forward version-the way most people prefer it. Yay Lee!

    I loved Elliotts but oh so many hated it as I remember.

  • http://twitter.com/maxsmom61 CathyMK

    He sounded great! I’m breathing a big sigh of relief. Seems like this gig spooks even the most confident Idols.

    And the thread is almost always a bloodbath, with fans lining up along the typical party lines to argue.

    Maybe it’s just as well you didn’t record it- no need to fuel the fire, LOL!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    how many years in a row have Idols sung the NA at the NBA Finals?

    Out of curiosity, I did some You Tube searches and found:

    Carrie Underwood 05
    Elliott Yamin 06
    Jordin Sparks 07
    Taylor Hicks 07
    David Cook 08
    Kris Allen 09

  • Esqt

    Now, Lee is glowing in blue, ROFLMAO.

  • Kirsten

    Okay, the latest picture for this thread (the one from the twitpic) looks totaly photochopped. Lee all in blue and not a drop of blue on anybody else. It’s like that picture of that sinkhole in Gautamela City. Totally real, but looks totally photochopped (if you look way down at the bottom of that hole, you can see where the Idol PTB are going to dig for next year’s theme weeks).

    (no, I haven’t heard Lee’s anthem, yet. Why do you ask? Why are those youtubers not uploading?)

  • wjmtv

    I’m waiting for the video, but I’m very happy to hear (a) he didn’t choke and (b) he didn’t whore it up. I hate it when singers do that.

    ETA: Does Steve Martin know he stole his blue spot? (Showing my age here…)

  • flicker

    I loved hearing his natural voice without the rock growl. Beautiful. I’m glad he didn’t turn it into a folk-rock song, but sang it straight instead. It was very respectful, and again, so lovely. I’m proud of Lee, the little fledgling idol.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Ugh. I would have totally had this vid edited and posted up by now.

  • retcar

    He did ok but he bummed the last note.

    I watched it again and he was still in tune at that last note but he almost lost his breath. This is much better than David Cook’s and I think he edged out Kris just a bit because of the powerfultone of Lee’s voice.

  • GwendolynD
  • Dlynne

    MJ, I can’t imagine how frustrated you must be without electricity. Hopefully, people will play nice.

  • glamertitis

    I thought it went great – no booing before and lots of cheering after! WTG Lee

  • Pam

    Sorry about your power mj. I keep refreshing youtube and so far nothing yet. I can’t believe I totally forgot about this.

  • Karen
  • tessa

    What??!! Aaarrgggh, I can’t believe my recording missed it. Glad to hear Lee did great!

  • jayem

    maybe it’s just me, but it seems like lee needs to loosen up a bit in terms of his outfits. he seems to wear dress shirts, blazers, and ties even on the show. i’d like to see more of a casual lee. then again, thats just MHO.

  • wjmtv

    Awww, I like his clothes. Especially how his tie is always loose. It’s cool.

  • Kirsten

    Ugh. I would have totally had this vid edited and posted up by now.

    Damn you Boston Power Authority, damn you all to heck! Get thee to MJ’s house and giveth her power!

    Maybe I should just write a fake review without having seen the performance? It works for many professional critics and AI judges.

    Let me see: Lee came out on stage dressed in his natty tie and suit from Harry Connick Jr. Week. Bathed lovingly in a blue light, like some kind of angel that Hinder liked the lips of, he began to sing. The audience was in awe. He sang as only Lee can. Little did most of the viewing audience know, but what Lee was staring at was a sign held up by Kobe, all sparkly, saying “Lee is DeWyze Choice” (the letter[s] on the sign were sparkly, not Kobe). When it was over, the audience was heard to say “Hallelujah, what a beautiful day it is to see such a simple [paint sales]man singing. It was like a kiss from a rose. I’m glad I was not outside chasing cars or trying to catch fireflies while this was on. He Jude, a little less conversation from you while this dude is singing! I’ll always treat you like a lady and you’re still the one, but I don’t care right now that you got stepped on by a beast of burden. Everybody hurts. That’s life. Try being the boxer and falling slowly to the mat. As Sue would say, that hurts”

  • Dlynne

    I just saw some tweets about him being underdressed, that his tie was too loose and he should have tucked in his shirt. I like this look, though, so it’s fine with me.

  • ComeBack2Me

    I thought he sounded okay. The low notes were shaky, but overall better than I expected.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Awww, I like his clothes. Especially how his tie is always loose. It’s cool

    Isn’t that the same outfit he wore at the finale and Walmart gig. It looks like the same style with the jeans, sneaks, suit jacket and tie.

  • Dlynne

    OMG, Kirsten, how do you do that??? Dang, you make me laugh.

  • KRo

    Seems like I wasn’t the only one who’s DVR didn’t catch Lee’s performance.

  • Pam

    OMG, Kirsten, how do you do that??? Dang, you make me laugh.

    I’ve always wondered how she does it but she never disappointments! Hee

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Nobody recorded Lee’s National Anthem? Like seriously? This is an Idol first.

  • Liva

    This kid is really stepping up under the pressure of his crazy-ass schedule. Although, I don’t think he blinked once the entire time.

  • offside

    Lee did a fine job.

    no booing before and lots of cheering after!

    I’ve heard the booing before; what’s that all about? If they bood a NA singer before a Hockey game,I think the players would start a scrap with the crowd!

  • Kirsten

    Nobody recorded Lee’s National Anthem? Like seriously? This is an Idol first.

    It’s a stealth anthem. The latest weapon in the fanwarrer’s arsenal. It will ensure that the battle can never be won. Fans can all say that he sounded fantabulous and haters can all say that he sounded like somebody being massacred with a chainsaw. No peacekeepers will ever be able to say “Well, I don’t have a dog in this fight because I didn’t watch S9, but I thought he sounded okay on the youtube clip”.

    I’m sure that Nigel and Clive are somehow behind this. MJ, did you happen to see a guy with floppy hair or a blue velour track suit hanging around your neighborhood transformer?

  • Liva

    Nobody recorded Lee’s National Anthem? Like seriously? This is an Idol first.

    He sang about 5 minutes before the hour. It surprised the heck out of me, I just happened to change the channel. Perhaps someone dvr-ed the blowhards during the pregame show?

  • templeton

    saw this on twitter,but it’s not yet fully loaded.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7p8lYLfUVUA

  • Pam

    I’m sure that Nigel and Clive are somehow behind this. MJ, did you happen to see a guy with floppy hair or a blue velour track suit hanging around your neighborhood transformer?

    LOL!

  • KRo

    That wasn’t as awful as everyone has been saying although he did kinda waver at the end.

    It is strange the lack of available video of this performance and how Lee’s singing of the NA wasn’t predominantly featured at the beginning of the game. (I KNOW for a fact that I had my TiVo set at 4:59 to record Game 2.)

  • Mahalo2

    Kirsten,

    You are LEE-LARIOUS!!! Hee. :).

  • jlc

    I hope he got to be a “real” guest on Letterman (tomorrow) and not just a sidebar guest like the previous idols this year, standing over with the band.

  • tessa

    Next time,I’ll know to record the pre-game show as well. Uuuggh!

    Thank you for posting the video! That was sweet! Lee sounded solid, singing it straighforward with no embellishments.

  • http://www.madzionist.com negativo

    Lee looked like a nervous, disheveled slob. As far as the anthem, it was a solid if unspectacular performance, with a nasty crack at the very end.

  • Sumer

    He is just so boring.

  • http://twitter.com/maxsmom61 CathyMK

    Lee’s singing of the NA wasn’t predominantly featured at the beginning of the game.

    The NA is usually in the 10-15 minutes just before game time. Lee came on at about 5 minutes before 8, ET, just after the part honoring John Woodin. Seems like prominent placement to me.

    I recorded it, but I have no idea how to get it from my Tivo to Youtube.

  • Pam

    Here it is with a better picture quality:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIaehMM0jto

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    When I record anthems, I do a manual recording set for 15 minutes before and about 15-30 minutes after, so there’s no room for error.

    Yeah, I would have captured that sucker and had it up by 8:30 at the latest. For sure.

    Damn you, Boston Nstar!

  • chessguy99

    Dlynne:
    06/06/2010 at 9:02 pm
    I just saw some tweets about him being underdressed, that his tie was too loose and he should have tucked in his shirt. I like this look, though, so it’s fine with me.

    I saw pics somewhere of Lee hanging around the NBA press area, with the official background. Both were without the shirt and tie. So, that shirt and tie were probably just for the anthem, thus not tucked and the loose tie. I thinking Lee has worn a tie more the past couple weeks, than he’s worn in past few years.

  • karenc

    I thought Lee sounded terrific, and I’m glad.

    While I was waiting, I watched the videos from the past two years, with David Cook, and Kris Allen. I can’t help wondering if someone that doesn’t follow the show at all thinks it is the same guy every year. LOL, I know we know it isn’t, and I like them all, but they might seem similar to someone that doesn’t watch the show.

  • believeme

    If he is better than Cookie and Kris then I have to bleach my ears.

    That is soulless.

  • http://www.dancin.ca dancin

    i dont think it was awful.. but it wasnt “great” just average ty for the vid .. i turned on the tv too late also

  • tinawina

    He sounded good to me! And y’all know I don’t think the boy can sing live. LOL

  • flicker

    I’m relieved that this rite of passage is done! I bet Lee is happy it’s over, too.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    He sounded good to me! And y’all know I don’t think the boy can sing live. LOL

    He sounded fine. Not the greatest NA EVAH. But, decent.

  • pipercookie

    He did it great despite being sick !!
    I’m so glad and proud of him
    !!!

  • Pam

    He sounded good to me! And y’all know I don’t think the boy can sing live. LOL

    Heh. Yep, I’m with you there. My expectations going into it were very low and he actually surprised me in a good way considering how difficult this song is to sing much less in front of a television audience of millions. No, it wasn’t a masterpiece but it was better than I expected.

  • wjmtv

    Does this mean he has a range of more than three notes?

  • glamertitis

    I taped the pre game as well, but no idea how to get it on youtube!

  • Dlynne

    The second youtube is very clear and the sound quality is a lot better.

    I think he did really well, especially if he’s sick. So many of the Idols have said that singing the national anthem is extremely stressful so I’m cutting him some slack.

    Lee looked like a nervous, disheveled slob. As far as the anthem, it was a solid if unspectacular performance, with a nasty crack at the very end.

    I don’t think so. He’s certainly dressed as well as the coaches. He might be the only one in the arena with a tie on. We are very casual dressers in California so he looks great to me.

  • sallysimmons

    And Lee continues to surprise people who had the wrong impression of him. Good job kiddo!

    I’m not one of those who thinks the ability to sing the national anthem is some great test of whether you should be the Idol or not, but if it is, then Lee just passed with flying colors. I watched a few ex-Idols at the same event and I’d say Lee was better than Kris, maybe not quite as good as Cookie* and light years ahead of poor Elliot.

    I read he was sick, so I hope he gets some rest soon. They work these kids into the ground.

    *with the caveat that I’d rather hear Lee sing any day.

  • iluvai

    He did a really nice job! I liked his outfit and I don’t think he is boring at all.

    Agree with Sally!

  • http://www.planetfierce.proboards.com/ CindyM

    It sounded fine to me. He doesn’t hold his notes for very long, but it sounded good.

  • wordnerdarchie

    Thanks for the links to all the other anthems. Lee did better than I expected. Nothing spectacular, but none of them are. My one complaint, as usual, is phrasing. I understand why he takes a breath where he shouldn’t, but still. He needs to work on that.

    And in defense of Cook, he only had a couple of bum notes in the first line (just like Lee). It seems like it takes a bit to get rid of the nerves. Once Cook got past the first line, he sailed right on through. Oh, and Cook sounds terrific when I wasn’t looking at him, lol. Cook did look scared sh**less.

  • tinawina

    He sounded fine. Not the greatest NA EVAH. But, decent.

    Hell I’ll take it. I was braced for the worst. :D He’s been doing better since leaving Idol as a rule at least.

    Does this mean he has a range of more than three notes?

    At least for today! He borrowed them from Siobhan. ;)

  • Joyed

    tinawina:
    06/06/2010 at 9:37 pm

    He sounded good to me! And y’all know I don’t think the boy can sing live. LOL

    Haha – I was curious what you’d think! I was pleasantly surprised that he wasn’t pitchy, but wanted to be sure it wasn’t just me ;)

    MJ, the added bonus this year was that they didn’t announce the teams right before Lee sang so fans didn’t have to feel hurt by the booing – wasn’t it also tradition for everyone to think the crowd was booing the idol when it was really booing for the opposing team?

  • KRo

    The NA is usually in the 10-15 minutes just before game time. Lee came on at about 5 minutes before 8, ET, just after the part honoring John Woodin. Seems like prominent placement to me.

    Clearly, I haven’t had much experience recording NBA Playoff games. I only go out of my way to record them (games) if there is somebody I want to see, like Lee.

  • Dlynne

    Cook did look scared sh**less.

    Yes, he did. It was funny. Lee looks scared sh**less, too.

  • wjmtv

    Hmmm. Now that I’ve heard the second one with the much better sound quality, I’m wondering about that last note. He took a breath right before the final line, so it wasn’t running out of oxygen. I wonder if emotion caught up with him. It’s been known to happen with that boy.

  • iluvai

    He’s certainly dressed as well as the coaches. He might be the only one in the arena with a tie on. We are very casual dressers in California so he looks great to me.

    Ha ha about the dress code. I think people dress down almost everywhere these days. It’s a baseketball game for goodness sakes!

    I thought he looked great too. I like his tie with sneakers look!

  • canadiancookfan

    That wasn’t as awful as everyone has been saying although he did kinda waver didn’t the end

    Who has been saying it was awful? I think the general consensus here is that Lee did a good job. You are always going to find some people who will have something negative to say. If they can’t find something bad to say about the way he sang, they will comment on his clothes or say that he looked nervous. Who wouldn’t be nervous?

    You know, it would have been great if he was able to sing the national anthem at the Blackhawks game tonight. I’m sure he would have loved that!

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    wasn’t it also tradition for everyone to think the crowd was booing the idol when it was really booing for the opposing team?

    OMG Yes! Oh the memories. The Idol NBA anthem really has become a tradition! :)

  • MG

    Considering how nervous he always gets I thought he did a really good job….just straight singing and he hit all the notes….Good for Lee!!

  • windmills

    Thanks for posting the video!

    I didn’t have low expectations. I had mediocre expectations and being honest I don’t think Lee’s NA was good. The first half of it he went off key on the 2nd half of the lines a bunch of times especially whenever he had to sing low. The last half was better except the last note. He didn’t sound strong either but that was probably nerves.

    But congratulations to him for getting through that and I hope he enjoys the game.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    Reminder:

    I’m deleting overly defensive and angry posts..

  • glamertitis

    canadiancookfan:

    Who has been saying it was awful? I think the general consensus here is that Lee did a good job. You are always going to find some people who will have something negative to say. If they can’t find something bad to say about the way he sang, they will comment on his clothes or say that he looked nervous. Who wouldn’t be nervous?

    That is just so true, isn’t it? ;)

  • ross

    I watched a few ex-Idols at the same event and I’d say Lee was better than Kris,

    Ha. Sorry, he was not.

  • weareallinnocent

    He sounded good to me! And y’all know I don’t think the boy can sing live. LOL

    Right there with ya, tinawina! Pleasant surprise. The waver at the end did have me saying, “That’s my boy!” LOL He must not have had a clue that all those Idol watchers who made him so nervous on the show would also be watching/taping this to scrutinize as well. Heh.

    Good job, Lee. Way to survive! :-)

  • NOLA

    Not many runs or “flavor”,

    Oh please. This is our National Anthem.

  • fanaround

    I thought he sounded good. I have to say, watching this was much easier for me than last year. I could hardly breathe when Kris started, I wanted so much for him to do well. Same thing when Adam started at the AMAs as his first big thing on TV post Idol. That’s how over-into those boys I was. This time, I just wanted Lee to do well. And I thought he did. And I like the loosened tie. It’s kind of become his thing.

  • Kirsten

    Finally got a chance to listen. My review:

    He was fine. Better than I expected. The Idol franchise will live another day.

  • GwendolynD

    Finally watched it. He did well.

  • iluvai

    I enjoyed Lee’s NA better than Kris’ NA. JMO.

    But my fave was Adam’s.

    The Idol franchise will live another day.

    Ha ha! :)

    The blue aura around Lee’s head is a nice touch. He looks kind of heavenly. Hee hee.

  • Marie Ruffin

    I agree with Windmills….it was just okay.

  • http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/profile.php?id=587900002&ref=name cruzceleste

    Let me see: Lee came out on stage dressed in his natty tie and suit from Harry Connick Jr. Week. Bathed lovingly in a blue light, like some kind of angel that Hinder liked the lips of, he began to sing. The audience was in awe. He sang as only Lee can. Little did most of the viewing audience know, but what Lee was staring at was a sign held up by Kobe, all sparkly, saying “Lee is DeWyze Choice” (the letter[s] on the sign were sparkly, not Kobe). When it was over, the audience was heard to say “Hallelujah, what a beautiful day it is to see such a simple [paint sales]man singing. It was like a kiss from a rose. I’m glad I was not outside chasing cars or trying to catch fireflies while this was on. He Jude, a little less conversation from you while this dude is singing! I’ll always treat you like a lady and you’re still the one, but I don’t care right now that you got stepped on by a beast of burden. Everybody hurts. That’s life. Try being the boxer and falling slowly to the mat. As Sue would say, that hurts”

    lmao awesome …. best review ever

  • Idol Freak

    Nice job Mr. DeWyze. You did Simon proud.

  • Suzanne

    I watched a few ex-Idols at the same event and I’d say Lee was better than Kris, maybe not quite as good as Cookie*

    I was surprised to read this comment, so I watched Kris and Cook.

    Kris

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1JOuOQ0SB4

    Cook

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2Ffi2tuRyI

    All three of them did fine. Although I like David Cook a lot, at this event, I thought he was the weakest, mostly because he was white as a ghost, kinda yelled, and looked like he just wanted to live through the event. Cook and Kris both faltered on the first couple of notes establishing their key, which I didn’t think was a big deal for either of them; just like Lee’s very small hiccup on the last note wasn’t a big deal for him either. Honestly, I’d put Kris’s perf ahead of Lee’s only because he seemed connected with the song and . . . I don’t know . . . humbled to be singing it. I thought Lee did a good job of it, but it was very, very straight. He just hit the notes and hit the road. And his face, the usual blank Lee look.

    A particularly poor performance at this event: Taylor Hicks. He was just too high and his tone quality is horrible.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-aGGu1pNMds

    This guy sings a good national anthem

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZZctQbwXb0&feature=related

    All that said–Lee’s version was fine but unremarkable.

  • Mariam94

    He did a good job! Except he looked awfully nervous throughout. But that’s okay, because it just made me notice what pretty blue eyes he has ;)

  • Kiska12

    Oh, I remember how David Cook said that he was really nervous.. especially that he knew that Jack Nicholson was sitting somewhere behind him.. and he felt Jack staring at the back of his neck. LOL

    Much much better version here from last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KtaRF6oAEs

    and good job, Lee!!

  • shell29

    Much better than I expected (and quite frankly, I was expecting a trainwreck). I think he did a pretty decent job. Kudos, Lee.

  • canadiancookfan

    It’s really pointless to compare the different idol’s version of the NA (although I know that it will keep happening LOL). I think they all did a good job but it is really just a matter of preference. Some people prefer certain voices over others and some like the anthem sung as is while others like it sung with more embellishments. There’s no way to prove that one version is better than another…..it just comes down to personal taste.

  • Mariam94

    There’s no way to prove that one version is better than another…..it just comes down to personal taste.

    Well stated :D

  • Lu

    Fav idol that I’ve heard was Elliot Yamin.

    See how your mileage may vary here? I thought he started in too high a key and then proceeded to kinda murder it. And I love me some Elliott too.

    Oh my… I remember that night. I wanted to love it but I didn’t. I remember thinking when he started out in that key.. Ruh roh… land of the free aint happenin! But, Elliott has sung many anthems since and has been awesome. I thought Lee did well. He sang it straight-very nice! :)

  • AmericanIdol8

    Oh poor Lee. Such pressure. I loved how he sang it. But then I am a Lee fan so. I do think he needs alittle make over, gotta be something besides the tie thing. Look at Kris NOW, he had his plaid shirts now he dresses awesome! Adam always did and still does so……….;)

  • s0x_prisoner

    YEAH CELTICS!!!

    I’ll watch the video later… tomorrow. Judging from the comments, it seems okay.

  • jammasta

    Who cares about Lee, the Lakers lost. Hell yes. We’re coming for you, little monsters (….did I just turn into Lady GaGa?)

    …Alright, I’ll bite.

    I expected Lee to do horribly. He didn’t. He was just fine with me. I don’t expect to ever be wowed by a rendition of this song, I get bored of it (yeah yeah, I’m unpatriotic, blah blah blah). But his was good :).

    I like how Lee looks so absolutely inoffensively teddy-bear-ish in that picture, too.

  • girlygirl

    He did fine. Not a great rendition, but perfectly fine. Not much of a response from the crowd when he was announced…

  • sallysimmons

    Adam always did and still does so……….;)

    Hahahaha! Just got a sudden image of Lee dressed in glittery tight pants, eye make-up and a top hat. Does anyone have any brain bleach?

    I have a feeling Lee is going to dress exactly that way for the rest of his life. Clothes are not his thing.

  • Idol Freak

    So his next 2 gigs are David Letterman on Monday night, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night.

  • J9BT

    MJ – I hope your electricity returns soon!

    Since so many IDOL versions of the NA were posted, I decided to listen to them (I didn’t listen to Cookie’s 2nd version). Here is my ranking – best to worst:

    1) Carrie
    2) Crystal
    3) David A
    4) Kris
    5) Jordin (back 1/2 was awesome, front 1/2 was horrible)
    6) Lee
    7) Cookie
    8) Taylor
    9) Elliott (front 1/2 was awesome, back 1/2 was soooo painful)

    I only started watching IDOL in S6, and of the 9 people listed above, I only voted for 2 of them. I do tend to like my NA’s more “plain vanilla” so Taylor and Elliott are at the absolute bottom for me. Cookie looked like he was going to faint LOL.
    Carrie and Crystal were awesome!

    Lee was just OK – I noticed a vibrato on a couple of notes where I never heard one from him before, there were a few off pitch notes (definitely the last one) and he still seems very nervous to me where many of the others didn’t (except Cookie, for sure). I was honestly expecting much worse from Lee, though, so overall not bad.

  • suenigma

    I agree that if you close your eyes Cookie’s version sounds alot better. Poor, terrified baby. Funnily enough the sports media raved about his performance. They liked the muscular, straight version.

  • thesheriff

    Could camera dude get any closer? It’s like an eye doctor giving an eye exam up in his face! I’m not a fan of the National Anthem but I’ll take Kelly’s God Bless America from the World series a few years back any day!

  • weelassie

    Picture of Lee without the alien blue lighting:
    http://i49.photobucket.com/albums/f293/merrynpippin/111914519a.jpg

  • jonian

    Let’s be honest, it was good until bravvveee…iii…!

  • CRB

    Definitely not a train wreck.

  • http://www.dallascowboys.com GeminiDolly

    Lee did better than I expected. Better than Kris’ for sure. Will you remember it, No. But it was not bad.

  • tessa

    I hate to compare idols coz it all boils down to preference, but probably the only national anthems I’ll really remember after a long time are Chris Daughtry’s (though I didn’t like the embellishment he did in the end) and Michael Johns’. Those two had the power in the right places that just sounded so good to my ears.

    I’m so happy for Lee! He didn’t look nervous at all though I’m sure he felt it. He gave a solid performance for that Idol rite of passage.

  • blissful

    A serviceable rendition. He was more on key than some of his idol performances. He definitely did not embarrass himself or the Idol franchise.

  • stelladallas

    I honestly think they could have pulled any ol’ guy out of the stands to sing the National Anthem and it would’ve sounded about the same as Lee sang it.

  • alxsavage

    He is the American Idol, the least he can do is to sing his own anthem competently.

  • mozart4898

    wjmtv:
    06/06/2010 at 9:43 pm
    Does this mean he has a range of more than three notes?

    To be fair, I think I’ve consistently said that his range was more like a 6th…lol. I wasn’t exactly joking when I’d said that though either.

    Listening to it again, I wonder if Lee’s already been working with a vocal coach. He sounds more supported on longer notes than he used to (although he still doesn’t often hold a note that long). All in all he’s more “open” sounding, which usually comes from better support. If I’m overly critical, I still hear about 5-6 places where he does go off pitch (especially the last note, but there’s others too). In all honesty, most people listening will say he sounded fine, but they also won’t be impressed – forgettable in the biggest sense of the word. I’ve heard high school and especially college singers sing at different games and be far more impressive…and I’ve heard worse ones too. I guess the thing that it comes down to for me, even though it wasn’t a train wreck, no… is that really all the better that American Idol had? And of course, most everyone knows my opinion. It’s sad that the praise for Lee at this point is “see, he didn’t fall flat on his face…you could actually recognize the tune, and he didn’t puke on the court and apparently passed the pineapple in the locker room before coming out to sing.”

    (For the record, I don’t think the NA needs runs and schmaltz to be good, not at all. However, if you’re going to sing it 100% straight, as Lee did, then you have to be a really damned good singer for it to actually sound good enough that people will notice. Otherwise, it’s just meh. And yes, the Russian national anthem is awesome – especially when sung by a full men’s chorus…lol.)

  • S0n0fLucy

    I heard Kradison+Gokey’s versions. They’re much better than Lee. JMO.

  • springboard

    Out of curiosity, I did some You Tube searches and found:

    Carrie Underwood 05
    Elliott Yamin 06
    Jordin Sparks 07
    Taylor Hicks 07
    David Cook 08
    Kris Allen 09

    Out of these, only Carrie was great. Jordin not bad but her runs were unnecessary and just OK, Cookie had a good ending but was car crash for half of it, Eliott all of it and Taylor not good.
    Lee’s performance wasn’t the greatest thing ever but it was competent enough, so job well done, Lee.

  • BlankSlate

    MOZART4898 wrote:

    I guess the thing that it comes down to for me, even though it wasn’t a train wreck, no… is that really all the better that American Idol had? And of course, most everyone knows my opinion. It’s sad that the praise for Lee at this point is “see, he didn’t fall flat on his face…you could actually recognize the tune, and he didn’t puke on the court and apparently passed the pineapple in the locker room before coming out to sing.”

    I am SO there with you.

    The bar is set so low for Lee. Why? I don’t understand. What are we protecting him from? The truth? That he’s just competent enough? It feels like the praise is something you give to a kid in a 5th grade talent show. Friends and family applaud no matter what and tell you how wonderful you were. And you were. Because you are in 5th grade! Not the winner of the biggest TV talent show.

    I think the point of American Idol is now that it is JUST a tv show. The “winning” portion is the after-thought. The show exists for the ratings and the commercial revenues. NOT TO FIND THE NEXT BIG SINGING and RECORDING ARTIST anymore. Maybe it once did. But that ship left the port a few seasons ago. AI is a TV reality show. The “contract” is an incentive to the “contestants” but there is no way the record company is paying out big money for the “winner” to record. It’s almost like: Here kid. Make your record. Nice. Now… have a nice day. Have a nice life. Buh bye.

    I could be wrong… I hope I am but…

  • DCRocksMySocks

    It was just okay not too trainwrecky. He was very flat in the beginning. He is not a great vocalist so of course it is not going to be that good.

  • sallysimmons

    It just shows how different musical tastes could be. How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me. The smart interpretation of the song, and the emotion that comes through in his vocals just slays me – especially the ten tons of feeling he puts into the line ‘I know I’m not a hopeless case.’ I hear his whole story in that line and that’s always been his strength – that ability is what Simon, and Harry Connick Jr and Usher and tons of others saw in Lee all season long. It’s why he won.

    I guess if you don’t look for that in your music, you must completely miss Lee’s appeal and that’s OK. I don’t get the appeal of most Idols.

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  • Hazehel

    The bar is set so low for Lee. Why?

    Who said the bar has been set low? If you listen to all the videos posted, then you’d see that he is somewhere in the middle, not great, but not bad either. The problem is more people who predicted that it’s going to be train wreck, disappointed that it isn’t, then proceeded to tell us why Lee still isn’t good enough.

    Lee did hit the last note, although he couldn’t sustain it and wobbled at the last second. Problem with breath control I think, something I’ve noticed all season. Part of his performance isn’t as good as it should, for example “and the rockets’ red glare” part is a bit underwhelming, you should really feel a bit of a chill listening to that part (compare his with David Cook’s for example).

    Having heard all the videos posted, I’d said that none of them are perfect, but Carrie is probably the best. She has been consistently good in all those I’ve heard of her, and Kelly Clarkson hasn’t been been as good in those I heard. Jordin did well until she added the unnecessary runs, some not very-well executed. Archie also tended to add runs, but his are probably some of the better ones, but would have sounded better without them. Kris’ is dull until he went for the glory notes. David Cook started badly but was good when he hit his stride (listen but don’t look, he looked terrified in that video). Elliot went too high and had to change the notes because he couldn’t reach them, ended up sounding terrible. Taylor Hicks also strained to hit the high notes. From what I remember of Adam Lambert’s, he didn’t sound too good at all, many more duff notes than Lee DeWyze here.

  • janeeyre

    Great job Lee!! Nailed it.

  • Believers

    If I were Lee singing NA..the part where the last note I could have thinking at that point ” C’mon almost there..done with it already” His breathing got effected by his nerves, anyway WAY better than Elliott IMO. Carrie is still the BEST

  • Tess

    From what I remember of Adam Lambert’s, he didn’t sound too good at all, many more duff notes than Lee DeWyze here.

    So you won’t have to rely on memory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlhlgJ1pQxo

  • amiroamor

    Def the worst imo. Just meh.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    The bar is set so low for Lee. Why? I don’t understand. What are we protecting him from? The truth? That he’s just competent enough? It feels like the praise is something you give to a kid in a 5th grade talent show.

    No. Actually, my point is that these freshly minted Idols–including Elliott, Kris and David C, don’t do the greatest job at this high pressure gig. That Lee got through it competently is actually worthy of praise–as it was for all the Idols before him.

  • dhunken

    From what I remember of Adam Lambert’s, he didn’t sound too good at all, many more duff notes than Lee DeWyze here.

    I don’t remember it that way but again Adam never sang the National Anthem for an NBA game. Only the NA for the go home package.(top 3) Which was fantastic and the NA for to honor Steven Spielberg Which he got a standing ovation for from the crowd. So Which performance are you talking about? With the exception of the AMA performance Adam never sang a duff note. IMHO Especially none with the NA. Don’t really know why Adam would even be brought into this topic as he has never sung it at a NBA finally as I have stated prior. Lee did ok. Nothing spectacular but he got by and that is all that matters. Honestly if he messed up it wouldn’t matter how many other Idols messed up. Average Joe American will remember he messed up not that Season ? contestant messed up too so its ok. Lee will make it or not on his own merit not in comparison to any other idol. Actually that is pretty much how they will all do. None of them will do better if any of the others do worse and the reverse is also true. IMHO

  • Nina1

    Does Steve Martin know he stole his blue spot

    This is a male g-spot, right??

    ETA: Coffee is a good thing. sorry.

  • dhunken

    Tess:
    06/07/2010 at 7:48 am

    From what I remember of Adam Lambert’s, he didn’t sound too good at all, many more duff notes than Lee DeWyze here.

    So you won’t have to rely on memory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlhlgJ1pQxo

    Don’t forget this one for top 3
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HWIGkbuz2g8&feature=related

  • bean99

    I hate to compare idols coz it all boils down to preference, but probably the only national anthems I’ll really remember after a long time are Chris Daughtry’s (though I didn’t like the embellishment he did in the end) and Michael Johns’. Those two had the power in the right places that just sounded so good to my ears.

    Those were my favorites too. I thought Lee did pretty well.

    Best thing of last night was that the Lakers lost. :)

  • offside

    wasn’t it also tradition for everyone to think the crowd was booing the idol when it was really booing for the opposing team?

    So, is that what the booing is about? Why do they do it during the anthem? I think that is disrespectful. If anyone was watching the NHL Finals in Chicago last night, did you notice the crowd cheered throughout the entire anthem, so much that they drown out the singer? They do that at every Hockey game in Chicago. I just don’t understand the booing.

  • Hazehel

    So you won’t have to rely on memory: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlhlgJ1pQxo

    Not sure whether this is in support of my statement or against it, because he clearly messed up at a couple of points whatever he was trying to do.

    The one I remember is from the Top3, and he also clearly failed to hit a number of notes (like “gallantly streaming”, “yet wave”, “rocket” amongst others). If it’s posted to show how good it is, then it just demonstrates that fans tend to overlook the less than perfect and concentrate on what’s good.

  • RMK

    He sounded fine, but can he tuck in his shirt? I know that his look is “Catholic school boy at the end of the day” but for the NA could he try to look like he is on his way to the bus stop?

  • poporange

    Lee was just fine not a train wreck or stood out from what I heard over the years . Lee just does not connect vocally for me probably never will.

    The thing is for the majority is who won the game to them he is just the guy from American Idol and some have no idea who he is or really care.

  • offside

    The thing is for the majority is who won the game to them he is just the guy from American Idol and some have no idea who he is or really care.

    That sums it all up pretty well, poporange! It’s only us who dissect everything about Idol performances!

    Speaking of NA’s, for anyone who is interested, David Cook’s NA and concert on Wed. will be cellcast on DCO, if you feel brave enough to endure the sound.

  • Joyed

    So, is that what the booing is about? Why do they do it during the anthem?

    They are not booing during the anthem, in the past the audience has been booing right before it. The announcer says something like “Welcome to this game featuring the Boston Celtics and your Los Angeles Lakers” *Lakers home audience boos the Celtics* “And now here is IDOL singing the national anthem”

    They are just said closely together – no one is booing once the anthem starts. It is fans and nonfans who have in the past thought the booing was tied to the anthem announcement (and got hilariously offended or smug).

    This year, the announcer said the teams after the anthem so we lost our traditional boos :(

  • webster

    Not bad. My personal pet peeve (not just on this song, but any) is when singers put in breaths at random places – places where they never would in speaking, and I thought he was going to be “clean” in that regard. Almost. There were 2 spots that jarred my ear towards the end, but that’s fewer than most. He could have started it maybe one step higher – to my ear he was really reaching for the low notes but had room to spare on top. But perfectly fine.

  • http://none SueSt

    How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me. The smart interpretation of the song, and the emotion that comes through in his vocals just slays me

    Got to say, I also love his recording of the original. I think he is an awesome singer.

  • springboard

    How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me. The smart interpretation of the song, and the emotion that comes through in his vocals just slays me

    I agree, this and Hallelujah on Ellen.

  • Trina

    No. Actually, my point is that these freshly minted Idols–including Elliott, Kris and David C, don’t do the greatest job at this high pressure gig. That Lee got through it competently is actually worthy of praise–as it was for all the Idols before him.

    Exactly MJ. I have no problem comparing NA performances once these Idols have a couple of times under their belt and they have some time to shake off the pressure and become more ease at singing it, but for the first time a couple of weeks coming off their win? For a crowd this huge? Yeah I cut them ALL slack. Some of the predictions I was reading for Lee ranged from “this will be the worst one yet” to “massive trainwreck”,and my fave “he might throw up right there”. The truth is none of that happened and he delivered the typical first time out rendition other Idols have also delivered.

    I remember last year lots of people being relieved Kris got through it, and the year before lots of comments about terrified DC looked and he also got criticism.

  • http://none SueSt

    He sounded fine, but can he tuck in his shirt? I know that his look is “Catholic school boy at the end of the day” but for the NA could he try to look like he is on his way to the bus stop?

    :-)

  • 123abc456

    Lee was fine as were all the others. My ranking is something like, Jordin, Carrie, David, Kris, Lee, Taylor and Elliott.

  • SharB

    Hye Kirsten,

    you forgot “It was A Beautiful Day” in LA. Really good lol’d moment for me today.

  • Ximena

    i read that lee was practicing on the bathroom hahaha LOL

    “…But we’re not so sure Lee wasn’t just a tad nervous. Because before tip-off, Channel 5 sportsguy Mike Lynch was in the men’s room doing what one does in there, and the guy at the next urinal was belting out “and the rockets red glare, the bombs bursting in air!”

    “I was thinking to myself, who is this (bleep) and why is he singing the national anthem in the bathroom,” Lynch said. “Then I saw him on the court and realized he was the kid from ‘American Idol!’ ”

    We’d call that a loo-loo of a private concert”

    here’s the article
    http://news.bostonherald.com/track/inside_track/view/20100607lee_dewyze_flush_with_fame/srvc=home&position=recent

  • SashaB

    Chicago Breaking News

    “In fact, even before tipoff, you knew it was going to be a night of stark contrasts when a very heartfelt tribute to the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton (in with the old) was followed by an incredibly average rendition of the national anthem by “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze (out with the new)”

    Yup, “incredibly average” just about sums it (and him)up.

  • FREIDAG

    was followed by an incredibly average rendition of the national anthem by “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze (out with the new)”

    OUCH! But agreed.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    HE seems like the nicest guy, I wish him well but its this type of thing being said about him, kinda sorta praise – he’s competent? “”That Lee got through it competently is actually worthy of praise–as it was for all the Idols before him”” Or I have heard other excuses, “I dont like divas or people who always stay in tune, it makes Lee edgy or different because he can’t stay in tune”, sigh – he won, its done and I will move on in hopes that next year it will be a much better year.

  • tyrpentine

    Well, I was surprised that Lee made it all the way through and didn’t go off key. He had to start too low tho in order to hit the high notes. It was very lackluster, kind of dead.
    I have checked many of the anthems and Taylor Hicks does it best except for that very early one that Suzanne was so kind to point out where he started too high. He gets better and better with it. He has sung it many more times than the just the ones that are on youtube.
    The last one he did recieved compliments on twitter from the basketball fans who were not familiar with him.
    Taylor has the best voice range, a great tone, and sings with the most emotion. You can tell he understands the lyrics and they mean something to him.

  • springboard

    HE seems like the nicest guy, I wish him well but its this type of thing being said about him, kinda sorta praise – he’s competent?

    It’s because SSB is nothing like his style of music, so he is not expected and doesn’t need to be great singing it.

  • tyrpentine

    Oh, and two things I forgot. On the national anthem you can really tell when someone has had the help of a voice coach. Thats much of the difference I hear in Taylors voice the last two years.
    He was good before, now he is excellent. The last one in Cleveland was the best. Better than all the rest of the idols.
    Also, when singing the anthem its nice if you don’t look like you just woke up in a booth at the bar.
    I guess no one has told Lee that.

  • lucy

    How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me. The smart interpretation of the song, and the emotion that comes through in his vocals just slays me

    Well, I think he’s a wonderfully expressive singer, excellent in that regard, but not a particularly good vocalist — in the note-producing, breath-controlling, note-supporting, note-hitting way. To me, “vocalist” is mainly about that side of technique, and while I really like Lee a *lot* for his expression, I still say that, in this sense of “vocalist,” he’s average.

    Nothing wrong with that. There are many many wonderful artists who are great at either side of that coin but not great at the other. And not very many at all who are great at both. I don’t demand that every artist I like be great at all aspects of his/her chosen craft. If one does, one is left with very few people to admire, I think.

  • barnie

    It’s because SSB is nothing like his style of music, so he is not expected and doesn’t need to be great singing it.

    SSB is nothing like the genre of music of MOST singers who performed it anyway. It didn’t stop them from singing it really well.

    How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me. The smart interpretation of the song, and the emotion that comes through in his vocals just slays me

    Listening to him is like listening to Katharine McPhee for me (however good Kat’s voice is). Good vocals but zero emotional connection. It just feels “hollow”.

  • sallysimmons

    Well, I think he’s a wonderfully expressive singer, excellent in that regard, but not a particularly good vocalist — in the note-producing, breath-controlling, note-supporting, note-hitting way. To me, “vocalist” is mainly about that side of technique, and while I really like Lee a *lot* for his expression, I still say that, in this sense of “vocalist,” he’s average.

    Ah, so it’s in the interpretation of the word “vocalist.” I get it now. What you mean when you say ‘vocalist’ is what I call ‘technical singer.’

    When I say someone is a great vocalist, I mean all aspects of their singing and how it ultimately makes me feel. So in season 4, I thought Carrie was the better technical singer, but Bo the best vocalist. In season 7, I thought Archie was the best technical singer, but Cookie the best vocalist. For me, music is all about the emotional connection. I have no interest in technique – and often the best technical singers leave me stone-cold. But thanks for explaining – maybe that’s why some of us are talking past each other when it comes to Lee.

    He’s definitely my favorite singer ever to come off the show just in terms of his voice. Of course, what he does with it musically is a whole other question. Idol’s track record isn’t great so I’m not holding my breath on that score.

  • http://none SueSt

    For me, music is all about the emotional connection. I have no interest in technique – and often the best technical singers leave me stone-cold.

    Agree totally!

    “Lee is…

    definitely my favorite singer ever to come off the show just in terms of his voice.

    In terms of voice, Lee is my favorite winner… but have to give a shout-out to Eliott too. Kelly is my favorite female winner.

  • Truthiness

    Well I think that was competent. Could have been much worse. It’s a hard song, a very stressful situation, and Lee has done some much easier songs, crappily. So I think he acquitted himself…okay.

    That being said, he obviously started so low as to accomodate the later higher keys, which smart move and agree he should try and that one should sing in their range as much as possible (duh). But I thought those opening notes especially, were kind of unsustained and weak. I think he got better as he went on, though his last note was not of goodness.

    But again, tough situation, tough song, I give credit to Lee for doing a better job than I honestly though he would. So (sliding scale)kudos!

  • lucy

    Ah, so it’s in the interpretation of the word “vocalist.” I get it now. What you mean when you say ‘vocalist’ is what I call ‘technical singer.’

    When I say someone is a great vocalist, I mean all aspects of their singing and how it ultimately makes me feel. So in season 4, I thought Carrie was the better technical singer, but Bo the best vocalist.

    Yeah, I would bet that it’s not just me for whom definition makes the difference. For some reason, I just don’t use “technical singer” … or at least not for anybody I like!

  • alxsavage

    How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me.

    I absolutely dislike that version.

    It’s worst than average for me. He strips the emotion away from the song, a song about adrenaline, an ecstatic proclamation, a song that is supposed to make you feel hopeful and free…he turns it into a meh lullaby.

    Of course, it’s just my opinion (being a big, big U2 fan), it just needs to be stated that his acoustic version of BD is not universally liked, I actually find it overrated.

  • mozart4898

    I didn’t go check out the link – but “Chicago Breaking News” and they said Lee gave an incredibly average rendition of the NA? Wow, so much for the hometown boy, huh?

    On this:

    sallysimmons:
    06/07/2010 at 7:04 am
    It just shows how different musical tastes could be. How anyone could hear Lee’s acoustic version of ‘Beautiful Day’ and then say he’s only an average vocalist is beyond me. The smart interpretation of the song, and the emotion that comes through in his vocals just slays me – especially the ten tons of feeling he puts into the line ‘I know I’m not a hopeless case.’ I hear his whole story in that line and that’s always been his strength – that ability is what Simon, and Harry Connick Jr and Usher and tons of others saw in Lee all season long. It’s why he won.

    I guess if you don’t look for that in your music, you must completely miss Lee’s appeal and that’s OK. I don’t get the appeal of most Idols.

    When I finally listened to his acoustic Beautiful Day, I was struck with how devoid of emotion it sounded to me. Like he’d simply picked a song that a lot of people would know and did something crazy with it to be cool, and then sang it with pretty much no connection to it at all. It seemed more like a study in rearranging a song than anything else. I don’t know if I can really recall ever hearing much of any true emotional connection in his singing, IMO – I know it showed when he sang The Boxer at home but I didn’t even really hear it in his singing. Kiss From a Rose sounded more like he got poked by a thorn and was pissed about it while singing the song. A Little Less Conversation just sounded awful – something close to a dirge. It goes on and on. (That’s Life was about his most successful performance in terms of emotional connection to me, although there was still the list of “a poet, a pauper,” and all of that. Just a list, not really showing emotion in his singing. But that was the ONLY time I heard him on the show that I felt that he REALLY was legit as a singer. Next to that, maybe Simple Man. Big drop off after those two.) You’re right, when you start talking about putting emotion into your singing, it becomes a lot more subjective – which is why you can’t really say that people who don’t feel he connects are wrong. Personally, for me I don’t even need to have words, or be able to understand them, in a vocal performance to feel an emotional connection in someone’s singing. That’s why I can listen to some opera without having a clue of the translation – you don’t need it, because it comes through by way of the singer. Lee could just as easily be singing about going to the store to buy bread as he could be singing about the death of his mother or something and I think the emotional connection would be the same.

    For me. Again, this is one of the most subjective things in performance, and I don’t think he really has that going for him much at all. He’s also off the top of my head probably about my 8th or 9th favorite for this season so there’s that. Everyone always thinks their favorites have the greatest emotional connection – it’s part of what makes someone a favorite.

  • seriously

    Can Lee sing the NA twice? I think he’s good luck for my Celtics!

  • druzilla

    Lee’s performance was lackluster. It wasn’t as off key as he has been on Idol but it wasn’t memorable or interesting in any sense. The show should be embarrassed its Season 9 WINNER can only sing the national anthem with mediocrity. I want Lee to be GREAT but he just isn’t.

  • jpfan

    “Incredibly average” is a perfect description of Lee. Absolutely nails it.

  • Indigobunting

    Chicago Breaking News

    “In fact, even before tipoff, you knew it was going to be a night of stark contrasts when a very heartfelt tribute to the late UCLA basketball coach John Wooden by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton (in with the old) was followed by an incredibly average rendition of the national anthem by “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze (out with the new)”

    I agree with this review. It seemed a little devoid of any emotion, but it is a tough situation your first time off Idol. He certainly didn’t bomb like many predicted.

    I think he is one of those singers you either really emotionally connect with or don’t (I’m in the don’t category; I just don’t get it!)

    My favorite rendition is Danny Gokey at his hometown visit; very sweet, pitch perfect and passionate. But he had the advantage of a hometown crowd at homecoming, not coming in as the winner and having a lot to prove.

  • ilovenpt123

    OK – Here are my two cents….this was a disappointing performance by someone who just won American Idol. He was flat, pitchy, whatever. Plus, could the man please dress like a man?? What’s with the ratty outfit and the kid sneakers??? Come on…..let’s not apologize for this guy.

    Maybe the test of all idols is whether they can sing the National Anthem….have them all sing it in one week and then everybody could just go home….no muss no fuss….and no embarrassment later….

    jeez.

  • Hazehel

    “Incredibly average” is a perfect description of Lee. Absolutely nails it.

    We aren’t worried. He isn’t doing eurodance, hehehe.

  • wjmtv

    ilovenpt123:

    Plus, could the man please dress like a man?? What’s with the ratty outfit and the kid sneakers??? Come on…..let’s not apologize for this guy.

    His sneakers are one of the coolest things about him. And he’s definitely rocking the (as someone so eloquently put it earlier) “Catholic schoolboy” look. I would never apologize for Lee. I just sit back and enjoy. L’chaim!

  • weareallinnocent

    I guess if you don’t look for that in your music, you must completely miss Lee’s appeal and that’s OK.

    To be fair, I think many who look for and find emotional connections in the music they love can find many/most of Lee’s performances to date completely unappealing.

  • Hazehel

    To be fair, I think many who look for and find emotional connections in the music they love can find many/most of Lee’s performances to date completely unappealing.

    To be fair, I think many who look for and find emotional connection in the music they love can find many/most of Lee’s /Adam’s /David’s /Carrie’s /Kelly’s /Kris’ /Jordin’s /Clay’s /Fantasia’s /Ruben’s /Taylor’s (delete as appropriate) performances to date completely unappealing.

  • weareallinnocent

    ^^Completely agree. Which was my point. Thanks for helping me make it. My response was to the suggestion that you must not look for those connections, if you don’t find Lee’s music appealing. Of course, we all connect to music in different ways — heck, it even happens differently on different days!

    P.S. I said good things about his NA performance. I just call them like I see (hear/feel) them. Of course, I didn’t see/feel any emotional connection in that performance, so maybe the original poster’s right, I don’t look for that in the music I like. Heh.

  • glo

    I thought Lee was great!
    But check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KKgPK95Iws&feature=related

  • zzatrms

    glo:
    06/07/2010 at 9:13 pm
    I thought Lee was great!
    But check this out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KKgPK95Iws&feature=related

    That is my all time favorite NA by anyone.

  • Q3

    Not my fav SSB but not the train wreck that I expected.

  • BlankSlate

    MJ wrote:

    Actually, my point is that these freshly minted Idols–including Elliott, Kris and David C, don’t do the greatest job at this high pressure gig. That Lee got through it competently is actually worthy of praise–as it was for all the Idols before him.

    MJ, I’m there with you all the way. I wouldn’t wish singing the National Anthem on anyone. It’s a complicated song and there aren’t many who can knock it out of the ballpark (or basketball arena, ahem ahem).

    As someone else wrote up a bit, I think it’s the sense of giving Lee a pass in general, a group apology think that gives me pause to wonder. It’s the “He’s a kid,” “he was all right” “he’s nervous, tired, etc” let it slide perspective when it comes to Lee that I am talking about. The bar– for him– seems low. Not for his version of the Anthem. It was an Amercan Idol, season-long look-the-other-way, he didn’t bomb mentality that took someone with an average talent and catapulted him to the winner’s circle. I don’t get it but that’s what horse races are all about. Someone’s got to win. I wish him well. I really do. Competence and talent should go hand in hand but maybe I want something more.. Perhaps his next release should be a souped-up, DeWyzed-down version of U2s “But I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For.” (Snark alert.)

  • poohbear

    Omigoodness. This boy is off-key so much, who could take being a crowned “American Idol” seriously?!? Wow, what an embarrassment. The show is toast.