Lee DeWyze looks back on his time in ‘La-La Land’
He came into the competition a bashful paint boy with big dreams, sang his heart out for four months straight and emerged as the American Idol. The next title to precede Lee DeWyze’s name? Artist.
So what did the 24-year-old Mount Prospect, Ill., native with the booming rock radio-ready voice learn during his extended stay in Los Angeles? That the people are nicer than he expected, the traffic’s worse and the weather is just right. As for regrets? Perhaps that he didn’t take more pictures (and there’s always the design he created for his Ford Fiesta). Read on for more of Lee’s answers in this final Season 9 edition of “La-La Land, ” and check out his hilarious stick figure self-portrait after the jump…
Bret Michaels: I Would Make a Great Idol Judge
Ten songs into Bret Michaels‘s recent concert in Biloxi, Miss., the rocker casually mentioned, “I don’t know if it’s true, but I could possibly be a judge on American Idol.”
Though no formal job offer has been extended, departing judge Simon Cowell suggested Michaels as a replacement when chatting with reporters at the Idol finale party last week.
The Poison frontman says he has all the qualifications that 23 years in the rough-and-tumble music business brings.
“I’m talking old-school, paying-my-dues experience, ” he says. “I used to move the pool table out of the way to play for people six nights a week, playing five sets a night, where I had to announce the dinner special. I grew up the old-fashioned way. I would have done anything to have a platform like American Idol when I was growing up.”
‘If I Can Dream’ House Idol Jam Session: The Outtakes
The Season 9 “American Idol” finalists visited the “If I Can Dream” house last Friday night to blow off some post-finale steam with a Mexican fiesta dinner, a Twitter Q&A, and most excitingly, some impromptu jams around the Dream House piano. I was lucky enough to get an invite to this soiree, where I was amazed by how great everyone sounded in person and by how many of the Idols who never played piano on the show (Lee DeWyze, Katie Stevens, Aaron Kelly, Siobhan Magnus, Tim Urban) were accomplished ivory-ticklers offscreen.
Toby Keith rolls into Fort Knox
Toby Keith rolled onto post Saturday evening as part of his self-proclaimed “America’s Toughest Tour.”
Sibling trio Carter’s Chord and “American Idol” veteran Katharine McPhee also performed, prepping the crowd for the main event.
McPhee, who finished second to Taylor Hicks during “American Idol’s” fifth season, interspersed her set with several cover songs, including a lively version of Kings of Leon’s hit “Use Somebody.”
“If I could go back in time, I would have joined the military, ” McPhee told the amped crowd, which led to a raucous round of cheers.
UNC’s Anoop Desai Rocks At Charity Concert In Raleigh
RALEIGH – Former UNC-Chapel Hill student and American Idol TV show sensation Anoop Desai played to a packed house at the BandTogether charity concert in downtown Raleigh on Saturday, May 22nd.
The charity concert raised over $358, 000 for StepUp Ministries, which helps homeless and low-income individuals to live independent lives.
Inside the Lincoln Theater, Anoop Desai played to an enthusiastic crowd, as his silky smooth voice kept the audience entertained.
Mezhgan Hussainy shops for make-up as fiancé Simon Cowell is awarded a Bafta
She may have just been popping to the shops, but Mezhgan Hussainy doesn’t do casual.
The make-up artist fiancé of Simon Cowell looked picture perfect in fitted black capri pants, a bege jumper and matching designer handbag on her shopping trip this morning.
She was joined by a young friend as she picked out supplies at Mac on Robertson Boulevard in West Hollywood.