So it looks like Lee DeWyze won’t be singing the NA at the Bears game as previously reported after all. (Via Washington Post.)

Jim Cornelison will sing the national anthem Sunday, according to a report by Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Lee DeWyze of “American Idol” will perform at halftime rather than sing the “Star-Spangled Banner.”

Apparently, there was a backlash from some fans, media and a few of the players when it was announced Lee would be singing the NA at the game. No offense against Lee, but apparently Chi-town loves them some Jim Cornelison.

So there you go. Lee will sing at halftime instead.

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  • revolution

    interesting…Lee doesn’t have the range for the National Anthem anyway, And since fox will want him on it will mean less Terry and Howie and Jimmy at half time.

  • koshka

    Bummer for lee. Hope it was a miscommunication or that he doesn’t takeit hard. Still better than the media making snide remarks or fans booing.

  • 42istheanswer

    Whew! I like Lee but that was the right call. If superstition holds, Jim Cornelison NEEDS to be there so the Bears win. If you have ever been to a Blackhawks game, it’s quite an experience.

  • revolution

    Jim Cornelison really fires the crowd up, right move for the team. never heard a crowd so rowdy through the whole anthem before.

  • kvwicks13

    I listened to the You Tube Video and do not at all get what people love about his voice. I thought he sounded weird. I am a Lee fan, but even if it was Crystal, Kris Allen or any other idol, I would prefer them singing to this guy!

    Well hopefully when the Bears lose, they will blame Jim!

  • webster

    Good for Lee, that’s a better gig. I’m no fan, but I disagree with the comment that he doesn’t have the range for the NA. It doesn’t really require that big of a range, it just seems that way to us mortals because we always have to sing it in some key that somebody else picks. If you get to pick the key, it’s easy to make it fit.

  • artemis

    Lee has already sung the anthem at two other games and sounded fine.According to WNTS, Lee’s range is only one note less than David Cook’s.
    Maybe Fox will televise some of his performance at halftime, since they want to promote Idol. Lee has gotten a lot more publicity from this than the times he did perform the anthem-he’s been trending on Chicago twitter all afternoon.

  • Dlynne

    A halftime gig is better than the NA anyway! I’m just thrilled for him, at any rate, because he loves the bears so much! I bet he doesn’t care what he sings so long as it’s at the game.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Lee may have another gig.

    Sierravistamall Sierra Vista Mall
    Hey Lee DeWyze fans! Would you like to hear a FREE acoustic concert, all ages on January 27th? He will be HERE & details coming soon!

    ETA:
    Sierravistamall Sierra Vista Mall
    If you were here for the David Archuletta concert in Nov 2010, you know what a great turn out it was. Now it’s time for Lee DeWyze 1/27 -6p

    ETA: This is the Y101 concert previously announced.
    Y101 Unplugged – Lee DeWyze Concert – Jan 27, 2011
    Location: Center Court
    Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
    American Idol Winner LEE DEWYZE!

  • progression

    According to WNTS, Lee’s range is only one note less than David Cook’s.

    I think you mean Idol Ranges? WNTS doesn’t show ranges that I’m aware of. And of course ranges doesn’t capture aspects of a performance like vocal control.

  • karenc

    If they did give the NA to Lee, that’s really not fair to change it. And I’m sorry to hear that some people felt that strongly about not wanting him to do it.

  • http://youtube.com/user/ConcertCameraCat Sparkles

    Well hopefully when the Bears lose, they will blame Jim!

    Go Packers!

  • Mtlfan

    ugh.. like he needs this kind of publicity.. i find this somewhat lame

  • girlygirl

    No, this isn’t good news for Lee. I work for Fox Sports — except for the Super Bowl, we don’t air halftime performances — so I’ll be very surprised if they show any of his performance on tv. Halftime is all about Jimmy, Terry & Howie — not showing someone singing. Unless Fox decides to show him since he’s being sorta screwed over here…but i’m not real optimistic

  • Landmd

    Well publicity is publicity doesnt really matter if its good or bad! Glad Lee is still going to sing at the game!

  • HappyDaisy

    This National Anthem issue has been educational. I had no idea that sports fans paid so much attention to the Anthem. Poor Lee, this from his hometown crowd?!

  • GreenHippo

    Getting to perform the half-time show should be better than the National Anthem, why is everybody up in arms?
    Also these are football fans here, I bet not many of them are AI fans, let them have their way. This is Football and not a Music show. It’s all good :)

  • MonochromaticFriend

    Kudos to numbers Kirsten for calling this scenario earlier in the day.

    Yeah, I’m kinda pissed about this. Unless FOX makes an effort, I doubt we’ll see Lee on national TV. I was raised to love the Bears and hate the Packers, but I currently have a very irrational desire to root against the Bears this Sunday.

  • revolution

    watch this version

    http://www.metatube.com/en/videos/47099/Chicago-Bears-National-Anthem-Jim-Cornelison/

    Lee would not have got the crowd cheering like that. Instead he would have gotten booed.

  • Incipit

    I think you mean Idol Ranges? WNTS doesn’t show ranges that I’m aware of. And of course ranges doesn’t capture aspects of a performance like vocal control.

    WNTS doesn’t, AFAIK, Progression – and Idol Ranges is only relevant to what was sung on Idol – that’s what they have to measure – it doesn’t cover the songs done in the two years since, like H4T, in David’s case – nor will it cover anything that Lee will do, if he decides work with a coach and stretch his range. It’s kind of out of date the minute the show is over – IMO, Of Course.

  • Landmd

    Lee would not have got the crowd cheering like that. Instead he would have gotten booed.

    I really dont care who sings the NA, but anyone that is an American should never ever for any reason BOO someone singing the NA period!

  • stay4awhile

    Yeah, I’m kinda pissed about this.

    I’m VERY pissed and disappointed! (and totally rooting for the Packers now)

  • tripp_ncwy
  • tripp_ncwy

    Now that Lee is performing at halftime it brings up other questions. Will Lee perform alone, with his keyboard player or with the full band? How many songs will he get? Will anyone be listening after all the negativity?

  • Dakota01

    Getting to perform the half-time show should be better than the National Anthem, why is everybody up in arms?

    Because chances are the half-time show won’t be televised. Most of the time the NA isn’t televised at sporting events, but for a championship game, it most certainly would be. The exposure would be good for Lee.

  • tigervixxxen

    Supposedly they showed Plain White Ts at halftime of the Bears-Seahawks game last weekend. So who knows. I am fully aware the halftime program is rarely televised.

    Maybe tomorrow it will come out that Lee is bumping a choir of disabled orphan children and there will be another public outcry.

    I get the fans developed some emotional attachment to Cornelison after one game. Seems more like superstition and luck to me than any sort of “tradition”. You can’t just borrow someone from another sport and pull the “tradition” card. What sucks is that Lee isn’t just a random person singing at a random game. What bothers me the most is how it must feel to him to have your own team and city throw this big of a tantrum against you. I hope they do get their shit together and give him any sort of decent mention or coverage for the halftime thing.

  • artemis

    Jim Cornelison’s voice does not appeal to me at all, but I’ll admit I’m a wee bit biased.
    Progression-you are right, Idol Ranges. I’m just tired of people who don’t like him posting that he has a limited range because it is not true.
    Any publicity is better than none-Lee is rising on ITunes.Idols coming from a big city don’t typically get the hometown love that Idols from smaller places do, but maybe some folks from Chicago who liked him on the show have realized that he has an album out.

  • smeggingnuts

    Any publicity is better than none-Lee is rising on ITunes.

    Lee has been rising on iTunes all day because last night they put him, Crystal and Adam on the front page in the What’s Hot section.

  • artemis

    Smegs-Crystal isn’t rising,though, so I don’t think that is the only reason. Lee is ahead of her on ITunes for the first time since her album debuted. I realize these numbers change quickly.
    Speaking of ITunes-I noticed The Decemberists new album is #1 for 9.99. If you click on MJs Amazon link-they are selling the same mp3 for 3.99. Sorry if that’s off topic, MJ.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No, this isn’t good news for Lee. I work for Fox Sports — except for the Super Bowl, we don’t air halftime performances — so I’ll be very surprised if they show any of his performance on tv. Halftime is all about Jimmy, Terry & Howie — not showing someone singing. Unless Fox decides to show him since he’s being sorta screwed over here…but i’m not real optimistic

    I would also be surprised if Lee’s half-time performance was broadcast, but maybe he’ll get lucky. I’m not sure that a pitchy NA would be the best PR for Lee anyway, especially since Cornelison seems to be so beloved by the fans. I also disagree that any publicity is better than none.

  • tigervixxxen

    I may not always buy into the theory that any publicity is good. But seriously Lee doesn’t have much to lose at this point. The publicity isn’t over anything he has done negatively. So let them keep talking about him.

  • Landmd

    NVM

  • kvwicks13

    Go Packers!

  • LaRue

    What a terrible way to treat someone. Ask the guy to sing the NA, then allow yourselves to be bullied into bumping him to halftime–when people will be getting up to use the bathroom and refresh snacks, both at the game and at home. And using the guise of tradition makes it even worse. It seems that this is a Blackhawks tradition–where do the Bears get off stealing the idea?

    All publicity is good publicity, they say. I don’t think so, not in this case. There’s not even a guarantee that FOX will cut into their halftime highlights to show Lee.

    And to have it done to you by your hometown team. That’s gotta hurt. This a petty, tacky thing to do to someone. Very low and very disrespectful.

    I don’t care if you think Lee sounds like a cat choking on a bone–he deserves to be treated better than this.

  • smeggingnuts

    artemis:
    01/18/2011 at 8:27 pm
    Smegs-Crystal isn’t rising,though, so I don’t think that is the only reason. Lee is ahead of her on ITunes for the first time since her album debuted. I realize these numbers change quickly.

    Crystal’s album has gone up about 100 spots since last night. Lee’s has gone up more about 230 spots.

    I didn’t mean to imply that it was the only reason but all 3 of them have seen really nice increases in rankings. But Lee, unlike Crystal, has a single getting play on the radio. So his name is going to be more familiar if someone is perusing iTunes. Some is probably from the media attention today but its not all from it. That all I was trying to say.

  • artemis

    Smegs-I didn’t realize they’d gone up that much. Good-they both deserve much better sales. I hope Adam is rising also (cause I love him, too).

  • poster

    If they did give the NA to Lee, that’s really not fair to change it. And I’m sorry to hear that some people felt that strongly about not wanting him to do it.

    I really don’t think this is a case of them Not wanting Lee: I think it’s a case of them wanting the Cornelius guy instead. Lee probably got booked by Fox and RCA before they actually looked into the Bears’ fans/organization’s wishes. It just doesn’t spin well for Lee, though. That guy just can’t get a break!

    I think he’s probably okay with it though. He’s really a big Bears fan, and he’ll still get to go to the game and perform. And ya gotta believe he’ll catch a break here sometime soon.

  • kvwicks13

    LaRue, I agree. Bumping Lee is disrespectful and in my eyes poor judgement by Fox Sports. My main issue with this entire fiasco is that Lee is from Chicago and a huge Bears fan. And when the Bears lose on Sunday, I will be laughing my ass off!

  • Landmd

    I agree Lee does deserve better!

  • tripp_ncwy

    What a terrible way to treat someone. Ask the guy to sing the NA, then allow yourselves to be bullied into bumping him to halftime

    Lee is the one that stated he was singing the NA. He should have left it up to his management or the organizer to confirm.

  • Weebs787

    It sucks that he was bumped and we won’t get to see it. I was mad like alot of Lee fans were earlier in the day. I really don’t get the insistance on having the same guy sing the song. But this is the city who swears off black cats and billy goats so we shouldn’t be surprised lol. (J/k Chicagoans. Ron Santo forever!)

    But now, I’m just glad he’s working period. It’s been a month since he’s done anything even remotely productive. I’m just going to treat this like any other concert we don’t get to see, except in this case it’s in front of more people than he’s ever sung his own songs before EVER. Even without it being broadcast on television that’s still what? 60,000 people at Soldiers Field? Win Win in my eyes.

    “Lee is the only one that stated he was singing the NA. He should have left it up to his management or the organizer to confirm.” (pretend there are block quotes there)

    A Chicago sports radio station said it before Lee ever did. It makes me think he was confirmed and then renigged. But who knows.

  • kvwicks13

    Tripp_ncwy, I get tweets from RCA and saw a tweet today from RCAPromo that confirmed Lee was singing the NA!

  • AllenTX

    LOL sports fans. so idol fans are obviously not the only crazy bunch.

  • smeggingnuts

    artemis:
    01/18/2011 at 8:49 pm
    Smegs-I didn’t realize they’d gone up that much. Good-they both deserve much better sales. I hope Adam is rising also (cause I love him, too).

    Yeah his EP has gone up almost 200 spots and singles are rising to except Crystal’s FD (the single) still isn’t in the Top 1000. Front page promo just in time for Idol will really be great for them.

  • tls62

    I don’t care if you think Lee sounds like a cat choking on a bone–

    LOL.

  • Karen

    If Lee gets to choose his halftime song, it should be “Me and My Jealousy”: Chicago in the winter never seemed so cold!

  • artemis

    RCA Promo was tweeting about it. I’m sure Lee’s management told him it was true and Ok to tweet about-he never spills things. I’m sure they didn’t anticipate all this kerfluffle over an opera singer who has sung for the Bears exactly once-the last game they played. I’m kind of hoping this guy isn’t the lucky charm some Bears fans think he is.

  • poster

    LOL sports fans. so idol fans are obviously not the only crazy bunch.

    LOL…so true! And Phillie fans are 10 times worse!

  • J9BT

    I’ve watched some of Jimmy, Terry & Howie’s 1/2 time discussions and sometimes the field (and ensuing activities) are visible in the background. There have been times where they’ve mentioned what’s going on down on the field and done a quick cut-away. Not often, or for long periods of time, but I would be very surprised if they didn’t publicize the fact that the reigning American IDOL was performing on the field at 1/2 time – even if they don’t show his entire performance.

    Sports fans can be very superstitious, and a big game is not the time to break tradition if in fact the Bears have one with this fellow.

  • mickeybordentwo

    Idols and Idolettes get to sing the National Anthem on major sports events broadcast by Fox. I’m sure there are a handful of exceptions, but generally they don’t get that job on events televised by ABC/ESPN, NBC or CBS.

    Assuming Lee knew what he was talking about when he implied he would be singing the National Anthem on Sunday, it’s indicative of Fox’s lesser interest in promoting Idol, or Idol’s lesser interest in being represented by Lee, that the Bears were able to assert their preference.

    Somewhere, someone agreed to this switch by saying, “Okay, we’re not that invested in this.”

  • steph6449

    Lee has already sung the anthem at two other games and sounded fine

    There may be a diversity of opinion on that point :)

    Half-time seems like a better fit, to me Lee did not do well with the one NA version I saw from him a month or two ago.

    But if he performs at half-time, presumably he will be doing something that he is used to singing and that suits him reasonably well.

  • Elliegrll

    LaRue, I agree. Bumping Lee is disrespectful and in my eyes poor judgement by Fox Sports. My main issue with this entire fiasco is that Lee is from Chicago and a huge Bears fan. And when the Bears lose on Sunday, I will be laughing my ass off!

    I think it’s good publicity for Lee. Nobody nationally was going to be paying attention to who sung the anthem, and the so called controversy doesn’t mean anything to anyone who is outside of Chicago or the idol bubble, but the perception inside Chicago is that Lee stepped aside, and gave the fans what they wanted. That’s good PR.

  • Trina

    Range isn’t Lee’s problem, its pitch issues.

    I understand why Chicago peeps wanted Jim Cornelison, and I really doubt its because they are against Lee or his voice. There’s a lot of history and sentimental value there with Jim. But c’mon you can’t blame Lee fans for being irritated for the crappy luck he’s been having lately. Lee maybe shouldn’t have tweeted yesterday but RCA shouldn’t have either until this mess got cleared up. If this was a more popular Idol that got screwed over all hell would be breaking loose.

  • Landmd

    Some tweets:
    ESPNChiBears Dickerson and Wright
    Just somewhat surprised about all the negativity directed @LeeDeWyze. Why? Local guy, success story, excellent singer, big Bears fan. JD

    ESPNChiBears Dickerson and Wright
    @LeeDeWyze was the house singer for our ABC 7 Chicago Huddle show for two years. Needless to say he paid his dues! Good guy. JD
    ETA: DavidHaugh David Haugh

    RT @ESPNChiBears Surprised about negativity directed @LeeDeWyze. Why? Local guy, success story, exlnt singer, big Bears fan>>voice of reason

  • chessguy99

    I heard Lee was going to get the anthem, I knew that it wouldn’t fly with the public. It was poor judgement on the part of Fox to even suggest Lee do the anthem. Jim Cornelison is the regular anthem singer for the Chicago Blackhawks, so he’s pretty much a fixture in Chicago sports.

    Now that Lee is performing at halftime it brings up other questions. Will Lee perform alone, with his keyboard player or with the full band? How many songs will he get? Will anyone be listening after all the negativity?

    Chicago is suppose to be an icebox this weekend. I doubt there will be many in the stands as they will all be on the concourse trying to warm up. Alt least there will be the video screens down there so some people can watch him.

  • Andy11

    I haven’t heard Lee sing the NA but it is a very hard song for anyone to sing well. By singing at half time he can promote a song or songs on his album to the large home town crowd without having to risk either making them mad or risking a suboptimal NA on national tv. So this doesn’t seem too bad for Lee.

  • tripp_ncwy

    Tripp_ncwy, I get tweets from RCA and saw a tweet today from RCAPromo that confirmed Lee was singing the NA!

    That tweet came out well after Lee sent out his tweet.

  • Landmd

    CubsReallyStink Gary Gustafson
    @WaddleandSilvy Wife works with Lee DeWyze’s mom…told switch to Jim C was more to do w/superstition! Fox & Bears went at it!

  • kvwicks13

    I saw some tweets to ESPNChiBears and what I found interesting is that while some of the fans said they wanted Jim to sing, quite a few of the fans had issues with Lee coming from American Idol. I believe one guy tweeted “He’s got American Idol Stink All over him”. Many didn’t care he was from Chicago, Idol seems to be a big issue.

  • Elliegrll

    Chicago is suppose to be an icebox this weekend. I doubt there will be many in the stands as they will all be on the concourse trying to warm up.

    Everybody can’t fit in the concourse at the same time, so I doubt that Lee will be performing for empty seats.

  • BootStar

    You can’t just borrow someone from another sport and pull the “tradition” card. What sucks is that Lee isn’t just a random person singing at a random game. What bothers me the most is how it must feel to him to have your own team and city throw this big of a tantrum against you. I hope they do get their shit together and give him any sort of decent mention or coverage for the halftime thing.

    This is some seriously shitty Karma for Chicago. You don’t do that to a native son. Green Bay 27, Chicago 14. You heard it here first, folks! ;-)

    LOL…so true! And Phillie fans are 10 times worse!

    No, they’re not! And no Eagles fan would have ever watched Kate Smith (the Flyers’ guardian angel) sing “God Bless America” at one of their games and then appropriated her for themselves. TACK-y!

  • car

    Silly for fans to think Lee would be bad for the game. But I’m not too surprised. Weren’t the Comboy fans upset when Carrie and Jessica Simpson were dating Tony Romo? Blaming them for his poor play.

  • LaRue

    Lee is the one that stated he was singing the NA. He should have left it up to his management or the organizer to confirm.

    I can’t imagine Lee would have tweeted about it unless he and his handlers were sure that he would be performing the NA. To me, this is a case of someone throwing a fit until Lee got bumped.

  • Trina

    Again, RCA should have cleared things up even after Lee tweeted. Doesn’t really matter if it was after his tweet. If they didn’t bother to double check then THEY were wrong. If they did check with the right people then it was a last minute decision due to the outcry.

    Sorry I’m not going to beat Lee up for tweeting seeing as he must have been excited and considering how shitty he’s had it lately I don’t blame him. And I don’t believe for a minute Lee wasn’t told it was a sure thing when he tweeted.

  • JJ123

    I’m from Chicago and a HUGE Bears fan and I’d rather have Lee singing it…I can give a flip about Jim Cornelison. The best was when Chris Daughtry sang it in 07, the Bears won….they should bring him back for luck (I know I know, I’m only half kidding haha)

    GO BEARS!!

  • zuper

    HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    Cornelison has been singing the anthem for Blackhawks games for many years. The tradition is that throughout the entire anthem, the crowd stands on their feet and claps and yells loudly instead of singing (then they promptly sit in silence during the game except to whistle annoyingly in 3 short bursts). The Bears brought this guy in to do the anthem last week and the crowd responded well so they want to do it again.

    Heck, I don’t blame the Chicago fans. The anthem will be the only time they have to cheer because once the game is underway they will be stunned into silence as their beloved Bears get their as*es kicked.

    Go Pack!!! (go ahead and guess where I’m from)

  • HR

    I think Lee got the short end here. From what I understand there is no tradition of this guy doing the anthem for the Bears. There would be more of an argument in favor that it has become traditional for an “Idol” to sing the anthem at the NFC Championship game.

    Chris sang at the Bears game in ’07 and I don’t remember this being an issue.

    If the fans of the Bears want to make it a tradition that is fine but the prior committment should have been honored.

  • kvwicks13

    As I mentioned in a previous post above, a few of the Chicago fans tweeted they had nothing against Lee, a few said they never even heard him sing. But they felt that the idol promo was being forced on them.

    I didnt realize how much hate is out there for idol!

  • JJ123

    I think Lee got the short end here. From what I understand there is no tradition of this guy doing the anthem for the Bears.

    That’s the way I see it too….if they asked Lee to sing at a Blackhawks game (which is impossible I know) I would get the uproar but there’s no tradition of him singing at Bears games and I don’t care for the to start it either. Although I just talked to my brother who was at the game on Sunday and he did say it was pretty awesome. Oh well it is what it is….and seeing as Lee is a huge Bears fan I’m sure he’ll care more about what’s going on in the game anyway. I’ve been nervous about this match up since the Bears failed to take them out in week 17 dammit haha.

  • JJ123

    As I mentioned in a previous post above, a few of the Chicago fans tweeted they had nothing against Lee, a few said they never even heard him sing. But they felt that the idol promo was being forced on them.

    They were all whiney when Chris got scheduled to sing it too….then were all loving it in the end. To be honest if it wasn’t for this thread I wouldn’t care that much….the fans need to worry about the game not the 2 minutes before it, is it really that big of a deal??

  • jpfan

    is it really that big of a deal??

    No, sounds like a win/win. The fans get the NA they want and Lee gets to perform at half time. Will he get to do one of his songs or will it be something sports related?

  • artemis

    Lee just tweeted “Go Bears.” He is a loyal fan. I, on the other hand, hope they do badly in the first half and then rally after Lee’s amazing halftime performance.Sounds like a good outcome to me. :)

  • tigervixxxen

    I’m kind of hoping this guy isn’t the lucky charm some Bears fans think he is.

    a big game is not the time to break tradition if in fact the Bears have one with this fellow.

    It is a tradition for the guy to sing at hockey games. The Bears used him once and they won that game so now they are acting like this is some long standing 80 year old “tradition”. Maybe they should be looking for the guy who didn’t wash his underwear before the game, maybe that had to do with “luck” as much as the NA guy. Or perhaps playing a team that finished 7-9 was a big factor in why the Bears won.

    It wasn’t Lee who first mentioned it yesterday. We first heard about the NA when the Chicago sports media were talking about it on the sports talk shows in the morning.

  • larc

    kvwicks13:
    I didnt realize how much hate is out there for idol!

    I’m not sure it’s hate so much as a lot of people just consider Idol to be an overrated lightweight that often turns out like products.

  • jumpstart

    Not a Lee fan, but I feel bad for the guy. I believe that even Taylor Hicks received better promotion …

  • CindyM

    Well, it’s probably for the best, alot of the tweets yesterday were anti-lee and he doesn’t need that. I hope he kills it at halftime and since it’s on Fox I bet they at least show a bit.

  • Weebs787

    This isn’t any less of an opportunity that the NA, it’s just different. Yes, an enormous amount of people see the Anthem when it’s aired. But, are people really going to run out and buy the CD if they see him sing a song performed millions of times before? I’ve never once in my years seen anybody sing the Anthem and even remotely been interested in checking out their music. I’ve already forgotten who sang the anthem in the other 3 games last week.

    On the other hand, singing his own music in front of 60,000 people CAN do that. It’s a crap ton less people, but at least it’s his music. Even a small fraction of people in the stands check out his music because of this, it will result in a sales bump.

  • Indigobunting

    Well, I’m not a Lee fan, but I think this sucks.

    Jim C. is not a tradition for Bears games- Are they that unconfident/worried about the Packers they are being big babies and reneging on a prior commitment?

    I think he would have had a better chance of being on TV singing the NA. Everyone listens to that- people are going to the bathroom, getting food or warming up during a big game like that.

    I hope Aaron Rodgers and the Packers teach the Bears some manners, lol!

  • bmms

    This is great news. Lee does not have an ounce of a decent voice to sing the NA. Halftime will be fine for him.

  • Tess

    I’m so laughing right now. It is now a proven fact that there are OTT and BSC fans out there who don’t give a hoot about some American Idol Singer…and I thought that over-invested fans were strictly a dominion of the AI world.

    Yea, its a kick in the shorts for Lee to have a nice gig wisked out from under him…but then there are tons of Singers who have had scheduled TV appearance anthems washed out because the prior TV game has gone into overtime.

  • sma11ie

    I think this arrangement is the best outcome. I feel bad for Lee that it turned into this big circus, but I think they’re making the right choice now.

  • plays strings

    Well… if the singing is not going well at halftime he could always go for a wardrobe malfunction. Only halftime show that I still remember was JJ.

    Wait… I could block that right?

    Halftime is better, his own stuff in his key with his band, He just needs to bring it.

  • Ratna12

    For someone who doesn’t care about football at all , all this is fascinating.
    But I totally understand the superstition stuff , I actually feel bad for the guy Jim Cornelison, what pressure.

    I guess I favor the team that Kris favors, which is the opposing team of the Bears, or so I’ve heard.

  • lizland

    Nothing against Lee, but I’m glad about this. Jim C saw the Blackhawks to a Cup last year, and sang last week. Getting the crowd revved up at the beginning of the game makes a ton of sense. I think he does an amazing job, too.

    The top HAC station this morning, WTMX, even talked about the fact that Lee was schedule to sing. Said they love Lee, but thought Jim C should sing it again. Chicago is so hungry for a trip to the Superbowl we’ll take any advantage we can get.

    But I think this gives Lee a chance to wow them with Sweet Serendipity. That song sounds good on the radio, I have to say. Could do well with more exposure.

  • J9BT

    Ratna12:
    01/18/2011 at 11:40 pm
    For someone who doesn’t care about football at all , all this is fascinating.
    But I totally understand the superstition stuff , I actually feel bad for the guy Jim Cornelison, what pressure.

    I guess I favor the team that Kris favors, which is the opposing team of the Bears, or so I’ve heard.

    lol! My son’s 8th grade football coach thinks it’s bad luck to shave during the season, so he gets a crew cut before the season starts (8/1), then lets his hair (and beard) grow until the very last game (mid-Nov), and will only shave once the season has ended. He also has a lucky hat and shorts (worn in frigid temps) that can’t be washed throughout the season. These kids are only 13 years old! They did happen to go undefeated though!

    I think it would be very bad for anyone in Lee’s camp to insist on singing the NA after all of this superstitious press that has come out. Imagine the beating he would take if they lost. Now he can say he graciously moved to 1/2 time in support of his favorite team and look like the really nice guy that he is. He’ll be fine! And he’s getting press over it!

    ETA: yes, I think Kris roots for the Green Bay Packers, who are playing the superstitious Bears, so have fun cheering for them!

  • Elliegrll

    Again, RCA should have cleared things up even after Lee tweeted. Doesn’t really matter if it was after his tweet. If they didn’t bother to double check then THEY were wrong. If they did check with the right people then it was a last minute decision due to the outcry.

    You are making a huge assumption that is probably not true. More than likely, Lee was scheduled to sing the anthem, but the plan was changed after the backlash. Based on everything that has been released, even the fact that it was a news outlet, not Lee, that first broke the news, this seems like the logical scenario.

  • sd34567

    I have to laugh at the bitter Lee fans now rooting for the Packers because Lee is not going to sing the National Anthem. Look, check out the video of Cornelison doing the NA on Sunday. It doesn’t matter about the voice, okay? It’s the feeling and the spirit that was going on when it was happening. No way would Lee have gotten that place and the players fired up like Cornelison did. No way. Plus, if Cornelison singing the NA worked before, why wouldn’t he do it again?

    kvwicks13:
    And when the Bears lose on Sunday, I will be laughing my ass off!

    When? So, the Bears are going to lose because they won’t let Lee sing the NA? Whatever.

  • Elliegrll

    No way would Lee have gotten that place and the players fired up like Cornelison did.

    The prize for winning is a trip to the Super Bowl, if that doesn’t fire the players up, they don’t need to be on the field.

  • revolution

    What good would it be for lee to do the NA and get booed, these are Bear fans not Idol fans. the compromise was the best thing for everyone involved.

  • HawkeyeQT426

    Alright….coming from a Vikings fan who is not happy that either team is in this game…but a huge Lee fan from the Chicago area….I was really offended they took Lee out of the NA. I get the JC really riled the crowd up last week. But…if the Bears were “championship” level, they wouldn’t need a NA singer to get the fans excited. The TEAM should be getting them excited. Lee got screwed (again), all because of Bears fans that seem to come up with excuses for everything.

  • Chicagolaw

    LOL, the morning DJs at WTMX said they love Lee? They have yet to play his song during their morning show, and the station shows no sign of adding it (at the present time).

    The Bears were majorly hyped to get Jim singing the NA last week; it is not so surprising they want him again this Sunday (and maybe you have to be from Chicago to understand just what a big deal that Blackhawks win was for the city). And it is not at all unusual for a team to keep a singer around as a “good luck charm” in the playoffs. Not a knock on Lee at all. Go Bears!

  • sd34567

    The Bears were majorly hyped to get Jim singing the NA last week; it is not so surprising they want him again this Sunday (and maybe you have to be from Chicago to understand just what a big deal that Blackhawks win was for the city). And it is not at all unusual for a team to keep a singer around as a “good luck charm” in the playoffs. Not a knock on Lee at all. Go Bears!

    This. Go Bears!

  • Elliegrll

    LOL, the morning DJs at WTMX said they love Lee? They have yet to play his song during their morning show, and the station shows no sign of adding it (at the present time).

    DJs don’t make the decision about what songs they play or which songs their stations add.

  • sd34567

    The prize for winning is a trip to the Super Bowl, if that doesn’t fire the players up, they don’t need to be on the field.

    Yeah, but the players could use a little boost from an epic performance. And you don’t want the crowd to be dead after a lackluster NA.

    I teared up when Cornelison sang the NA on Sunday. I’ve read other reports of people doing the same thing. I promise you no way would that have happened if Lee sang it.

  • gangreen29

    Bears and Packers fans, it really is silly to be spending all this time fighting!!
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    Whoever wins is just going to get crushed by the Jets in the Super Bowl anyway!

  • abbysee

    Whoever wins is just going to get crushed by the Jets in the Super Bowl anyway!

    ;)

  • SpenserJ

    Whoever wins is just going to get crushed by the Jets in the Super Bowl anyway!

    Now that’s what I’m talkin’ about :).

    Poor Lee. Kirsten was right – he really is the Charlie Brown of Idol. I’m totally not a fan, but even I have to feel sorry for him.

    I find it a little odd the way the Bears have appropriated the hockey team’s good luck charm. But, I really don’t think it matters either way. Lee’s not standing in the way of the Bears making it to the Super Bowl – Aaron Rodgers is. I think Green Bay would win that game even if Chicago somehow resurrected Elvis to sing the NA.

  • Chicagolaw

    No, DJs don’t make song decisions. But when you listen to them long enough, you can pick up on a general vibe. The morning DJs at WTMX love to poke fun at Idol (when they discuss it at all, which isn’t often) and, seriously, this may be the first time they have mentioned Lee on their station since his win. So, I guess Lee is getting some good PR afterall. Maybe they will actually give his song a spin in daylight hours, it would be nice.

    ETA, it really isn’t “odd” that the Bears have brought in JC from the Blackhawks. They are just trying to pull in a little magic from the Hawks. It’s a pretty tight-knit sports town (apart from the Cubs/Sox fan battles, of course.).

  • Montavilla

    Will he get to do one of his songs or will it be something sports related?

    Maybe he’ll sing “The Boxer.”

    As someone who isn’t invested in either Lee or the Bears, I think that Lee comes out of this looking better. Yes, it sucks that fans were able to bully the PTB into pulling Lee, but he ends up being the good sport and loyal fan. If he gives a good performance, he has a chance of making a lot of new fans.

    Being gracious is always a PR positive.

  • luly

    It is unfair to Lee that he is not getting to sing the NA just because of a baseless superstition of some sport fans.
    I hope that Lee will do really well in the half-time show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Again, RCA should have cleared things up even after Lee tweeted. Doesn’t really matter if it was after his tweet. If they didn’t bother to double check then THEY were wrong.

    Yes, it’s not Lee’s fault, as RCA confirmed what Lee had tweeted:

    Lee’s tweet:

    National Anthem at home, yes. Go Bears. How is everything going? Looking forward to everything coming up. Just wanted to say hi :) 3:26 PM Jan 17th via Twitter for iPhone

    RCAPromo’s tweet:

    Daaaa Lee! Chicago native & American Idol Lee DeWyze will sing the National Anthem before the Bears/Packers this Sunday! about 18 hours ago via web

    You are making a huge assumption that is probably not true. More than likely, Lee was scheduled to sing the anthem, but the plan was changed after the backlash. Based on everything that has been released, even the fact that it was a news outlet, not Lee, that first broke the news, this seems like the logical scenario.

    That makes sense. It appears that the change occurred within the last day, after RCAPromo’s tweet late on January 17 (about 8 hours after Lee’s tweet).

  • mmb

    Whoever wins is just going to get crushed by the Jets in the Super Bowl anyway!

    No doubt!!!!!! GOOOOOOO J-E-T-S!!!!!

  • kvwicks13

    No doubt!!!!!! GOOOOOOO J-E-T-S!!!!!

    J-E-T-S JETS JETS JETS!

  • Kirsten

    Jim C. is not a tradition for Bears games- Are they that unconfident/worried about the Packers they are being big babies and reneging on a prior commitment?

    There is nothing rational about your average sports fan in a play-off frenzy. They will cling to any new tradition in a moment and won’t let go of it ever. When dealing with irrational people, there is no point in trying logic.

    I’m so laughing right now. It is now a proven fact that there are OTT and BSC fans out there who don’t give a hoot about some American Idol Singer…and I thought that over-invested fans were strictly a dominion of the AI world.

    LOL. The AI fan wars are like school yard skirmishes compared to the all out nuclear war battles of sports fans. Go visit sites like Sports Illustrated or sports fan boards if you want to see how bad it gets. Talk about people getting over-invested, spending a fortune on crap supporting people who are millionaires (even the worst person on the team is a millionaire), fighting over the most trivial thing and debating endlessly about who is the best whatever ever.

    Again, RCA should have cleared things up even after Lee tweeted. Doesn’t really matter if it was after his tweet. If they didn’t bother to double check then THEY were wrong.

    But it is a brand new tradition so they had no idea that there would be any controversy until they announced it. The fans couldn’t get irrational and go crazy about the decision until they knew about it. IMO, neither RCA or Lee did anything wrong here because there was nothing to clear up before it was announced.

    Lee was wise to step aside when the sports nuts went rabid. Although, he might have sold a boat load of CDs if he’d insisted on singing and the bears had lost. The sports fans would have had to buy his CD if they wanted one to toss on the bonfire. But, no, never get between a sports fan and what the see as a tradition no matter how short the tradition may be.

  • poster

    When? So, the Bears are going to lose because they won’t let Lee sing the NA? Whatever.

    No, but they’re not going to win because Jim C is singing, either. It all seems a little OTT to me. Lot of pressure on this Jim C now…good luck to him if they lose.

  • hicksluvbug

    Jim is a big deal in Chicago. He sings for the Blackhawks and it is well known that the United Center gets really LOUD and gets everyone really excited for the game.The Hawks just won the Stanley Cup with him and he did such a great job last week that the fans really wanted him back. A Chicago paper today wondered why if they wanted an Idol talent from Chicago they didn’t ask Jennifer Hudson (I don’t think she would have gotten the same backlash).

    I just hope that Lee doesn’t sing Sweet Serendiptiy to a crowd of Bears and Packers fans. I don’t see that going over well. He will need something more hard core.

  • artemis

    Here’s an article about the NA situation:

    http://t.co/rfQ5lh8

  • glambotgram

    Jim might be a big deal in Chicago, but the fans are extremely rude screaming and cheering while he is singing the National Anthem. No matter what the silly superstition, they are disrespectful. Save the appreciation for the singer and the song for when he is done singing.

  • girlygirl

    Few people outside the Idol bubble or Chicago will even hear about what went down over this. It’s really a local story more than a national one.

  • tigervixxxen

    Lee isn’t a “hard core” artist, don’t know what people would be expecting. Yes, I like his uptempo more rock leaning tunes and would love to see him perform those but I also like the vibe of all his songs. it would make sense to perform the single, which some people may be familiar with.

  • Yvonne13

    Few people outside the Idol bubble or Chicago will even hear about what went down over this. It’s really a local story more than a national one.

    There is a sportscaster on a Philadelphia radio station who jumped into the fray, siding with the folks who campaigned for Jim. So, the story has hit here because of the backlash this guy has received.

    Whoever said The Boxer would be a good choice in a prior post – I totally agree with you.

    The fanatic Bears fans insisting upon Jim’s National Anthem don’t deserve to have their team go to the Super Bowl. And yes, Lee has taken the high road through all of this, and I hope at some point gets the last laugh.

  • Yvonne13

    The prize for winning is a trip to the Super Bowl, if that doesn’t fire the players up, they don’t need to be on the field.

    Amen.