Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox Perform at Ford Day

Photo: @kristen8108

It’s become one of those American Idol traditions. This year, once again the Idol winner and runner-up performed at the annual Ford Day celebration in Dearborn Michigan.

Lee DeWyeze and Crystal Bowersox took the stage together and apart to perform for the gathered crowd of mostly Ford employees.

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Lee sang, “Beautiful Day, ” “Hallelujah” and “Use Somebody”. Crystal sang Patti Griffin’s “Time Will Do the Talking”, “What’s Up”, and an original song, “Speak Now.” (Crystal says the song will be on her album, but not sure if it will be the single)

Crystal and Lee closed the show with a performance of “Falling Slowly.”

As an aside, @DweezySignal tweeted: “Lee is reportedly singing 3 songs from Slumberland & a new one song (a folksy rock song) at his AP Show next week.”

I’ll update videos as they’re uploaded.

Video Update: Lee’s entire set, Crystal: “What’s Up”, Q&A and an HD version of “Falling Slowly”

Video Sources: Daavaad, Kelbel2283, kristen8110

Videos after the JUMP…

What’s Up – Crystal Bowersox

Time Will Do The Talking – Crystal Bowersox

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-G4350RPFU

Use Somebody – Lee DeWyze

Hallelujah – Lee DeWyze

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

Beautiful Day – Lee Dewyze

NEW! In HD: Falling Slowly – Crystal and Lee

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWGL1e5_wf8

Question and Answer Session – Crystal And Lee

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129 Comments

  1. With all respect, “Falling Slowly” will always make me think of Kris Allen.

  2. That’s fine, but that doesn’t mean nobody else is ever allowed to sing it again, right? ;)

  3. LOL – so this is why Lee was at LAX yesterday. We were in the same terminal but not on the same flight and when his flight was announced for Detroit I couldn’t understand why he would be going there to record! Haha, mystery solved. :)

  4. Beautiful performances :) Their talent really shines through when it’s just them and their guitars. I think I understand now why they chose not to perform Falling Slowly on tour. I love the stripped down version.

  5. So does this mean that Lee now gets to do those “fun” Ford commercials during AI? Like the ones that Kris did last season?

  6. So does this mean that Lee now gets to do those “fun” Ford commercials during AI? Like the ones that Kris did last season?

    Nah, this is a tradition that the winner/runner-up do every year yet the only winners who did Ford commercials were Kris and Taylor.

    That’s fine, but that doesn’t mean nobody else is ever allowed to sing it again, right?

    LOL poor Lee obviously didnt get the memo that he must never touch this OR Aint No Sunshine.

  7. That Q&A is lulzy! Just hilarious. Both so relaxed and happy! And Lee couldn’t keep his hands off the guitar!

    ETA ^^ Or Hallelujah!

  8. That Q&A is lulzy! Just hilarious. Both so relaxed and happy! And Lee couldn’t keep his hands off the guitar!

    OMG! They are hilarious! I think the MC had more questions but Lee and Crystal wouldn’t stop talking and they ran out of time. Thank you so much for that video – I’m so glad I didn’t miss it!

    That was an incredible version of Falling Slowly. Wow!

  9. That Q&A was hysterical. Lee just kept thinking of more things to say. He and Crystal are obviously comfortable around each other so that was a lot of fun.

    Falling Slowly was gorgeous. Lee changed his songs up again and I really like all the little twists he puts on them. What a cool event for everyone that was there.

  10. a new song, “Speak Now.” (Crystal says the new song will be on her album, but not sure if it will be the single)

    When Archie and David did Ford Day on September 19th in 2008, that was Archie’s first performance of “Crush” and David told the fans the name of his single would be “Light On” – it seems the occasion may be used for low-key announcements. IDK if that held true last year, I wasn’t following….but it may be a good idea to take note of whatever new songs either Lee or Crystal were singing, or talking about…and see what happens.

    Just a thought.

  11. Actually I think the Top 10 are all missing each other at present – there was a flurry of tweets back and forth last night. But this Q&A reminded me of the Ustream at Anahiem – if it had gone on any longer it would have become a stand-up comedy duo!

  12. It’s become one of those American Idol traditions. This year, once again the Idol winner and runner-up performed at the annual Ford Day celebration in Dearborn Michigan.

    I don’t know about season 1 but they did this in season 2 and on.

  13. I was thinking the same thing Imkhemari. If this whole singin’ thingy doesn’t work out, Lee could go into comedy, he’s funny! :)

  14. Awww…poor Crystal having to perform with almost no voice. I Missed her beautiful highs. Hope she gets her voice back asap

  15. Ohhhh!! I wanted to see a video of “Speak Now” so badly. Oh well. Something to look forward to when the album comes out.

    One teensy correction. “What’s Up” is a Linda Perry song from when she was in 4 Non Blondes.

  16. One teensy correction. “What’s Up” is a Linda Perry song from when she was in 4 Non Blondes.

    Above it says, a Patti Smith song “comma” What´s up….3 songs all together. I´m curious what Patti Smith song she sang

  17. I think people would be more excited about Crystal and Lee, if they got into a fight with a paparazzi :) Maybe music is over rated? At least compared to gossip :)

  18. Zsus, Eriko I think the HD vids of everything are slowly coming, they just take ages to load. I’m really interested in Crystal’s new song as well!

  19. Hmmm…the same “Speak Now” that she performed on her homecoming, I’m guessing. It’s a good song – a couple of her others that she’d performed at PTTP I think would make better singles, but I could see it on her album. For those who were thinking more of a Jewel sort of album, “Speak Now” would probably fit. (There’s no video of her performance of it from this? I have one from her homecoming if anyone’s curious about the song and there aren’t any videos from this event.)

    Crystal obviously was straining for the higher parts singing wise. Poor girl needs a break. I’m not saying that I don’t think she’ll be able to withstand the sort of strain of a tour, everyone has problems from time to time. She does some good work reworking the melody in “What’s Up” to keep the intensity of the song and yet put most of it where she can still sing it. Such power in her voice even when she’s almost lost it.

    I really didn’t care for “Falling Slowly” AT ALL when they did it on the show (it was one of the most overpraised performances of the season, IMO) – this is much better than that was. Their studio version was better than this one by far as well, but at least this one doesn’t sound just more and more shouty as it goes on.

    Ready for a shock? Are you???

    I started listening to “Use Somebody” just to see how bad it was. (edit – I’ve listened to it twice now, just so you know) I’m still not blown away by Lee’s voice itself, but it’s pleasant here. To the point I’d even listen to this sort of album if it was what he made. Just like I’ve said, when he strains his voice and oversings, it’s just not pleasant to listen to (at least for me). I’ve heard so many versions of “Hallelujah” and this one doesn’t really stand out for me, but whatever. And again, I don’t really see the point in totally redoing a song as well known as “Beautiful Day” like this, but I prefer hearing him do it this way to hearing it in a full on, cranked to 11 rock version. Basically, if Lee restrains himself some (or someone else restrains him), he’s not as bad. Still not my favorite by far, but not as awful as he generally sounds to me.

  20. Poor girl needs a break. I’m not saying that I don’t think she’ll be able to withstand the sort of strain of a tour, everyone has problems from time to time

    Mozart, at the end of What´s Up, she blames the flue she caught from her son over a week ago, saying her son was fine in 2 days, not strain

  21. Lee and Crystal sound amazing together; they changed the arrangement up some from the way they did it on the show.Actually, Lee changed up all his songs-he never seems to sing anything the same way twice.
    Hope Crystal gets well soon-she still sounded good.

  22. “Speak Now” is actually one of Crystal’s older pre-idol originals and I believe she sang it at her Toledo homecoming. It was also on her pre-idol CD titled “Speak True”
    http://www.last.fm/music/Crystal+Bowersox
    http://www.last.fm/music/Crystal+Bowersox/_/Speak+Now

    Lyrics: http://fansofcrystalbowersox.com/SpeakNow.aspx

    Lots of videos prior to the Ford performance to choose from: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&source=hp&q=Crystal+Bowersox+%2B%E2%80%9CSpeak+Now%22&btnG=Google+Search

    PS I just read back to see that someone else posted the info about “Speak Now”. I’m late as usual. :)

  23. Mozart, at the end of What´s Up, she blames the flue she caught from her son over a week ago, saying her son was fine in 2 days, not strain

    But stress and strain do make it easier to get sick, and she hasn’t had a ton of down time in…well, a while, lol. Yeah, I noticed her saying that. She still sounded good, like 98% of the song.

  24. I love U2, but Lee isn’t U2. What would be the point of singing their song exactly like they do? I was discussing “photographic” paintings with an art professor of mine once and he said “What is the point of painting like that? You might as well take a photograph because their is nothing of the artist in it, just technique – no feeling, no insight, no emotion, just a boring copy.”
    I love that Lee takes a song and makes it his, I don’t want to hear a copy.

  25. I love U2, but Lee isn’t U2. What would be the point of singing their song exactly like they do? I was discussing “photographic” paintings with an art professor of mine once and he said “What is the point of painting like that? You might as well take a photograph because their is nothing of the artist in it, just technique – no feeling, no insight, no emotion, just a boring copy.”
    I love that Lee takes a song and makes it his, I don’t want to hear a copy.

    Ditto :).

  26. I guess my point about changing up a song like “Beautiful Day” so much is that it’s so well known in the original format, and there are so many people who love U2, that why would you redo it? I know it’s one of the “in” things to do music wise (actually, it’s about as old as music itself) but to me it never makes sense to do it with a song that’s so well known and that so many people would like the original way. You’re inviting comparisons. If it’s a song that’s not well known, or one that IS somewhat known but widely considered to be “bad,” or just totally out of style nowadays, it’s a different sort of situation. (An example that comes to mind is when Reel Big Fish redid “Hungry Like the Wolf,” or when Orgy remade “Blue Monday.”)

    To follow your analogy of painting, should someone have done an impressionistic version of the Mona Lisa just because they could? (Perhaps someone even did, I’m not an art expert at all.) It seems to me that it would be a better idea to base your new work off of either something original, or at least something that’s not very well known. “Beautiful Day” is probably one of the most recognizable rock songs of the last decade or so – I just don’t think any sort of remake of it at this point makes sense.

    That said, I do think this version is better than the almost straight cover he had been doing. This suits his style better. I just question why do it at all? I know there’s plenty of people who disagree, it’s just my opinion.

    ETA – And before you say it’s because I just don’t like Lee, my least favorite performance of Crystal’s on the show was “Come to My Window.” Why? She basically tried to do it just like the original, and at least on the show she didn’t sound right on it. Few people do. If she was going to do the song, she should have changed it up some. I would have rather she just picked something else. I *did* like how she changed up “No One Needs to Know,” a song that few people seemed to know anyways (I didn’t know it, and I recognized a good many Shania Twain songs).

  27. I love U2, but Lee isn’t U2. What would be the point of singing their song exactly like they do?

    To me, he goes much too far with Beautiful Day, and imo, is disrespectful to this great song, and makes an amazing song, only an ok song. Why sing it, if you´re going to make it almost unrecognizable? There are plenty of other songs.

    EDT: I see I and Mozart were typing at the same time, but he said it better

  28. Mozart, I do think Lee’s album will be similar to what he did today. Obviously with more production and instrumentation but I think that is the style and vocals he’s going to go for.

    I like my covers drastically different than the originals too. Even favorite songs and artists of mine I like seeing reinterpreted. anniem47, that is an interesting way to look at things, thanks for sharing.

    I’m looking forward to hearing Crystal’s original song from today. I’m sure video will be coming soon.

  29. Love them both, best wishes and good luck to Lee and Crystal. they are pretty funny together and both sound great!

  30. Thanks for the info about Speak Now, I’ll certainly watch the HD vid that’s coming.

    Lee has said this album will surprise people, he certainly intends it to be very different from AI show and Tour, and also seems to be moving on from pre-idol work. He seems pretty happy with it all so far though who knows how production will go in the next few weeks!

    This new song at Arlington next week could give some sense of the album’s sound and direction.

  31. tigervixxxen:
    09/17/2010 at 11:11 pm
    Mozart, I do think Lee’s album will be similar to what he did today. Obviously with more production and instrumentation but I think that is the style and vocals he’s going to go for.

    I like my covers drastically different than the originals too. Even favorite songs and artists of mine I like seeing reinterpreted. anniem47, that is an interesting way to look at things, thanks for sharing.

    I’m looking forward to hearing Crystal’s original song from today. I’m sure video will be coming soon.

    It just seems to me that at least right at the end of the season, and then on tour too, they were going for Lee to be a rocker – and not an acoustic folk rocker sort. If they do let him go more this route I think he’ll fare better.

    I’m actually a big fan of covers that are really well done – ones where they sound better than the original at times even. Few covers reach that point IMO – “Imagine” by A Perfect Circle, “Shout” by Disturbed, “Paint it Black” by The Tea Party (not Siobhan Magnus, lol), “You Really Got Me” by Van Halen, etc. I had to hear “Imagine” a few times and see their video to like it though – they changed it so much by changing it to a minor key I thought they missed the point of the song. The fact they intentionally changed the point of the song to something so bleak made it that much more powerful.

    I want to see Crystal’s performance of “Speak Now” from today too. When she performed it on her homecoming it was incredibly powerful – as was the story behind it. She literally wrote it as she was leaving Chicago to come back to Ohio, so coming back to Ohio again for that event seemed to really hit her. I actually wondered if “Speak Now” would be a good title for her album, if this song will be on there. If it is all original songs, it’d be fitting.

  32. Why sing it, if you´re going to make it almost unrecognizable? There are plenty of other songs.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the other song choices (I believe there were only 1 or 2 others on the table?) were worse than BD. This is AI we’re talking about here. In so many interviews, it seems like he was genuinely frustrated about the winner’s singles being cover songs. He made a choice he could live with, and that’s all that really matters. He gets to make his own music now so it’s all good :)

  33. mozart4898 and Eriko, it’s a good thing you two were not advisors to Picasso. :)

  34. Why sing it, if you´re going to make it almost unrecognizable?

    Why sing it if you’re going to imitate the original? I love it when singers put a big twist on a cover. I’m in the opposite camp. I don’t see the point in covering a song if you aren’t going to change it. Otherwise, it’s karaoke.

  35. You know what ends all the discussion of covers? ORIGINALS! Lol it’ll be nice when they’re finally doing new material – then whether they rearranged it or didn’t won’t matter either way. And I think they’re both pretty eager to move on to that – Crystal already has been doing originals and Lee will be next week too so hopefully before long it’ll just be new (or original) material for the most part from now on anyways. ;-)

  36. So does this mean that Lee now gets to do those “fun” Ford commercials during AI? Like the ones that Kris did last season?

    If he does, I’m changing the channel everytime the commercial comes on.

  37. I just watched the videos so I’m getting in here a bit late. I really liked the intimate, aoustic versions of their songs. I think they both did a great job. I loved the duet, I thought their voices blended really well together.

  38. I guess my point about changing up a song like “Beautiful Day” so much is that it’s so well known in the original format, and there are so many people who love U2, that why would you redo it?

    I agree and no one will sing “Beatiful Day” as Bono!!!

  39. Did anybody see this version of “Use Somebody” from the Ford show today yet? It’s from a different angle and has better acoustics I think.

    BTW, there are more videos at this link, including Crystal’s “Speak Now” performed today.

    ETA It looks like Crystal’s “Speak Now” has been removed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZmnbumcZiY&feature=channel

  40. MJ: I love it when singers put a big twist on a cover. I’m in the opposite camp. I don’t see the point in covering a song if you aren’t going to change it. Otherwise, it’s karaoke.

    Ditto to that!
    Love it when artists put a spin on a cover and make it their own.

  41. There have been many amazing performances from people where they take hugely popular songs and totally changed them up. I’m with MJ, its what I prefer and I also consider songs done just like the original to be karaoke. Songs like Billie Jean and Heartless were also well known yet got huge praise. I’ve seen so many artists in concert who have done covers of iconic songs and done them well.

  42. There’s also HD vids coming of all, done by the same person that did Falling Slowly above, but I gather each takes 4 hours to upload! It may be tomorrow before they arrive.

  43. That said, I do think this version is better than the almost straight cover he had been doing. This suits his style better. I just question why do it at all? I know there’s plenty of people who disagree, it’s just my opinion.

    Why do it at all? Maybe because he didn’t have much choice in the matter. It is the song TPTB released as his single. He and Crystal, especially Crystal, have both said they are tired of singing covers. They want to sing their own songs. My question is why sing it just like the original if you don’t have to? Where’s the creativity in that? As MJ said, a song sung just like the original is karaoke.

  44. just watched the vids! loooved them! and i agree with Lee, that was prob the best they played Falling Slowly since the show. I usually love Lee’s acoustic Beautiful Day but i did find that this one wasnt as good as the versions he played on those talk shows a while back. US and Hallelujah were awesome though :)
    Haha..loved the Q+A- their personalities really came out. hilarious stuff
    the YT channel hypnoticwhisper2 has a lot of vids incl the intros, and as Imkhemari said- kristen8110’s hd vids should be up soon i think

  45. I really love Falling Slowly and the new acoustic version of Use Somebody. I’m looking forward to kristen 8110 hd vids. I hope there is a full length vid of Crystal’s Speak Now. Hypnoticwhiper’s was only less than a minute?

    ETA: Finally managed to listen to all the vids (internet problems). Make that I love, love, love the whole of Lee’s set. Hallelujah was powerful. Poor Crystal. I hope she gets better soon. I really liked the way she changed up What’s Up so that she didn’t have to hit those high notes. Works for me. It was a lovely.

  46. This is the first part of “Speak Now” that was mentioned – the one uploaded by hypnoticwhisper, but yeah, it’s not quite a minute.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xkL9kbIkck

    If this song really is going to be on her album, I don’t know exactly how she’s going to do this that it WON’T sound country. The vocals themselves don’t necessarily scream country to me but the guitar puts it right in that genre. I think it’s a good song, I just don’t know where she’ll go with it on her album considering she’d basically said that a lot of her songs could go country but that’s not the way they’d be going. I dunno?

  47. mozart4898, I had not heard Crystal sing this song before. And even though it was just a minute of it, I love it. I think if the production has a little more of a pop sound, then she could be marketed in the same way that Taylor Swift is, as well as some others. Taylor actually does two versions of her singles, one for Top 40 and one for the country stations. It’s amazing how just a few tweaks here and there is enough to make the song sound less country.

    I also think “Speak Now” would be a great title for her first album. I imagine the first one will be self-titled, though.

  48. Yeah I’ll be interested to see how they do the production of it too (if in fact it’s going to be on her album). I recall quite a few artists doing two versions of songs like that (I first noticed it with “Amazed” by Lonestar, but I’m sure it’s been done a lot longer than just the last 10 years).

    And heck, can’t someone break the self-titled debut album trend thing? :-P (I know, not all of the past Idols have done that, but it’s sure a lot of them.) How about the 2nd album being self-titled instead – I just think “Speak Now” would be a great album title. Not that it matters what the title is – I’ll buy it either way, lol.

  49. I can’t imagine Crystal singing ‘pop’. That would be so not her. I personally like her ‘country’ style. It would be interesting to see where the label will place her. I’ll be giving her album a listen and if I like it, most likely will end up buying a copy.

  50. You’re right, Mozart. “Speak Now” is a great title for an album… which is why Taylor Swift is using it as the title of her next album!

  51. ^^^ Lol she is? Figures…now that you mention it, it really does sound familiar.

    I recall Crystal saying that a lot of her songs could easily go country but basically that it wasn’t the direction they (her label) would want. Obviously – they’re not a country label. I think she could easily still have some touches of country to her album even if that’s not the specific genre. I kinda always heard some country in Jewel as well although people would probably call me crazy. I still look for them to more or less classify her as “pop/rock” and just leave it as that. Kinda avoid being any more specific than that.

  52. I’m slowly loading all the HD video. It just takes about 4 hours per file and 2 videos failed overnight. I screwed up the name of Crystal’s first song. It was a Patty Griffin song called “Time Will Do the Talking.” I don’t know where I got Patti Smith from.

    Anyway, this was the second time I attended Ford Day. I only live about 25 minutes away. I went two years ago with the David’s. It’s such a fun day. Crystal and Lee have such amazing voices and are so down to earth. I’m a fan of both of them. I went to Crystal’s homecoming and I’m going to see Lee at Arlington Park.

    Crystal struggled with a few notes in What’s Up but she still sounded great for being sick. I really love Speak Now. I asked her if it would be her single and she said if would be if it was up to her but the label might have other ideas. It was cute when she said she the guy it’s about is probably kicking himself now.

    I was looking forward to hearing “Falling Slowly” since Lee told me they were doing it when I talked to him before the Toledo show. It was so beautiful. They were really in their element here with just acoustic guitars. I enjoyed both of their sets.

    I really like the way the meet & greet was organized this year versus 2 years ago. Two years ago the David’s stayed on the stage and we had to make our way through the crowds to get to them and there really wasn’t enough room to move. We weren’t rushed through the line this year. I was able to talk to both of them for awhile. Lee told me the name of the 3 songs he’s doing next week from Slumberland then sang me a little bit of his new song! I can’t remember any of the lyrics. I think I was a little shocked because I was the only one at his table when he was singing. Private serenade FTW!! Lee told my friend about a possible collaboration. I can’t say who but I think it would be amazing if it happens. It’s one of his favorite bands and he’s covered their songs.

    My picture with Lee came out a little blurry so I stuck around to the end and asked if I could get one more with both of them. It’s not every day that you get a chance to take a picture with the top 2 Idols. They are just such genuine, hard-working, real people with a lot of talent. I’m happy for their success and wished them well with their albums.

    Look for additional HD videos on my youtube page once they get posted. It might take a few days. http://www.youtube.com/kristen8110

  53. MJ:

    Why sing it if you’re going to imitate the original? I love it when singers put a big twist on a cover. I’m in the opposite camp. I don’t see the point in covering a song if you aren’t going to change it. Otherwise, it’s karaoke.

    I think so too, and the ones that have done well on the show, and especially after have been able to do good covers. I think since they can’t do original music on Idol the only way they can show what they could do musically is through their covers, especially now that they do have more of a say in the arraingement of their songs.

  54. Kristen8108 I’m so envious that Lee serenade you in private :). Very excited about the news of the possible collaboration. A lot of names come to mind. I hope hope it happens. Waiting eargerly for the vids. Thanks so much for sharing.

    BTW, if its not too much to ask, do you think you could vid the new song at AP too for those of us who can’t make it. Thank you.

  55. mj:
    09/17/2010 at 11:40 pm

    “Why sing it, if you´re going to make it almost unrecognizable?”

    Why sing it if you’re going to imitate the original? I love it when singers put a big twist on a cover. I’m in the opposite camp. I don’t see the point in covering a song if you aren’t going to change it. Otherwise, it’s karaoke.

    Pls don´t twist my words. I never mentioned “imitate” or not changing it up at all, did I? There is a huge difference in putting your own stamp on a song, vs changing the melody to the point of being nearly unrecognizable. Eric Clapton’s unplugged version of Layla was a huge change, but the melody line was still there. My point is, if you´re going to change the melody line itself, why bother singing that song? I repeat, imo, this is being disrespectful to the songwriter and I´d be willing to wager that U2 would not approve, let alone give compliments. Maybe I´m being overly sensitive, because this is one of my favorite songs, and the “make-over” made it just a meh song (to make it clear, I´m not criticizing Lee´s vocals or performance)

    Imo, as much as David Cook-Billy Jean, Kris Allen-Heartless or Andrew Garcia-Straight Up, put their own spin on these songs, they all preserved the melody lines at the same time

    ETA: When singers choose a song to cover, isn´t the reason behind it, they like the song? And if they like it so much, why make it unrecognizable? Doesn´t that defeat the purpose of choosing the song in the first place?

  56. thnx so much for that piece of info kristen8108! so excited. also thnx for the FordDay vids…youre so lucky u get to go to the AP concert as well :)

  57. Jennyl Yes, I will video tape the new song and the old songs at Arlington Park. The 3 songs Lee told me he’s performing are 3 of my favorites on the CD. I’m so excited to hear them. He’s supposed to have a base player and drummer, too. I have 16GB of memory on my camera cards so I’ll try to record most of the show if I’m in a good position for video. It just takes awhile to get them uploaded. I keep getting errors from YouTube so not sure when the rest of my Ford Day videos will be posted.

  58. Kristen your HD video was amazing. Thanks so much for sharing with us. We look forward to the AP videos. They were unbelievable on Falling Slowly. Now I understand why they didn’t sing it on tour. It is so much more special the way they did it here. It never would have worked that way in a big stadium.

    They are truly talented singer/songwriters. I love them both!

  59. kristen8108 I can’t thank you enough :) :). Look forward to seeing the vids.

  60. My point is, if you´re going to change the melody line itself, why bother singing that song?

    I guess you and I will agree to disagree on that point. Besides, to my ears, elements of the melody line are still recognizable.

    I repeat, imo, this is being disrespectful to the songwriter and I´d be willing to wager that U2 would not approve, let alone give compliments.

    I’m willing to wager that U2 doesn’t give an eff as long as they get their royalty check in the mail.

    But, since you and I have no way to know what they really think about his matter, it’s all only speculation.

  61. I guess you and I will agree to disagree on that point. Besides, to my ears, elements of the melody line are still recognizable.

    Actually we agree, there are elements still recognizable. Then again, we know before hand, what song he´s singing, yet we need words like “elements still being recognizable” when describing one of the best and popular songs in the last decade. So I wonder why choose a song if you feel it needs to be totally re-done? Unless of course, it´s a crappy song with some elements that can be used to make it much better. That was certainly not the case, but vice versa. Otherwise, Lee would posses a smash world wide hit.

    “Don´t fix it if it ain´t broke”

  62. The world was never changed or made better by people who only colored within the lines. I admire Lee for having the guts to put his artistic spin on a song.

  63. kristen8108. Thank you for the mini-recap.
    The video of Falling Slowly is so clear. Lee and Crystal sounded so good together and I love their acoustic take on it.
    ETA. Just like jennyl – thanks in advance for agreeing to take video of AP next week. Can’t wait.
    Also, I love Slumberland. Know for a fact that So What Now is one of the 3 songs, wonder what the other 2 are. Anyways, thanks for sharing and enjoy the AP concert.

  64. The world was never changed or made better by people who only colored within the lines. I admire Lee for having the guts to put his artistic spin on a song.

    I think Lee has a very irritating voice, I don’t care how much he changes up the song. As long as he continues to sing slightly off-pitch it doesn’t matter to me what he does to add his own mark to it.

    Auto-tune will be Lee’s best friend when he hits the studio. That way I can listen to a Lee Dewyze song without wincing every time he goes off-key. To end on this a positive note – I loved his studio version of “Treat Her Like A Lady”. That was a great “re-imagining” of an old r&b song.

  65. I’m willing to wager that U2 doesn’t give an eff as long as they get their royalty check in the mail.

    But, since you and I have no way to know what they really think about his matter, it’s all only speculation.

    Do they get royalties for live concerts? I do think they care, as I believe AI don´t get permission to use their songs. Simon said he had to contact Bono personally for Adam to perform “One” So I do think they care the eff.

    Speaking of Simon. Just as what he told Tim Urban during Rolling Stones week, when Tim did his Reggie version of Under my Thumb. Something about RS fans turning the TV off or throwing it out the window. Did Tim completely change it? Sure did. Did he color outside of the lines? Sure. Did it take guts? Sure. Did his total makeover compliment the song and make it better? No imo. Was it karaoke? No. Btw, Under my Thumb isn´t even a good song, so it´s easier to forgive. Well, I think most U2 fans and U2 would react the same to Lee´s “version”, me being obviously one of them :) I actually think he could have changed it just a little more, changed lyrics and called it an original and gotten away with it. So for people who liked his make-over, that is a huge compliment. But once again, if you´re going to borrow something, song or otherwise, show it some respect and take good care of it.

    I do wish Lee all the best, and believe he has potential. But hope he shows better judgment in the future.

  66. Well, I think most U2 fans and U2 would react the same to Lee´s “version”, me being obviously one of them

    Possibly not, if they don’t like it, they probably just go and listen to the original. That’s what I do in this case.

  67. Speaking of judgment, if Crystal had shown us more Crystal and less Janis, we might be having a different conversation.

  68. So I wonder why choose a song if you feel it needs to be totally re-done? Unless of course, it´s a crappy song with some elements that can be used to make it much better. That was certainly not the case, but vice versa. Otherwise, Lee would posses a smash world wide hit.

    “Don´t fix it if it ain´t broke”

    I think the song was recognizable. Also, the answer to your question is that they were forced to choose a song that was already done. Lee said in one interview “there were songs on the table, and I chose this one.”

    I remember some video after the tour was over where Crystal said “finally, no more covers!” I think they’re both very tired of singing other people’s songs, and would be very, very happy to sing originals for everyone. But, like Lee has said, you have to play the game.

    I loved this version of Falling Slowly, it was beautiful…both Crystal and Lee are very talented, in my opinion.

  69. Lee has also said in a recent interview that he’s done singing covers for now. It will be all originals for him for the foreseeable future(be they old originals from his first 2 albums, or originals from his upcoming one).

  70. Poster, totally agree with you. I think Crystal and Lee are both super talented. This version of Falling Slowly is amazing! They sound great together. I love this acoustic version.

  71. Kristen8108, thank you so much for the HD version of Falling Slowly! And thanks for the close-ups, too. It is a beautiful duet. I’m so looking forward to the other videos as well.

  72. poster:
    I think the song was recognizable. Also, the answer to your question is that they were forced to choose a song that was already done. Lee said in one interview “there were songs on the table, and I chose this one.”

    No they were not. For the final song it was any song that they could get clearance for. Crystal said it very clearly in her idolatry interview. I know you are referring to Lees idolatry interview but I dont think hes meaning it literally but rather hes saying his selection of viable songs to sing for the finale. Also he has plenty of good reason to downplay his selection, cos lets face it that song he sang in the finale was just horrible and should not ever be played. But I can understand why he wanted to recapture a Hallelujah “moment” going over the top and all opera.

    anniem47:
    09/18/2010 at 3:54 pm
    Speaking of judgment, if Crystal had shown us more Crystal and less Janis, we might be having a different conversation.

    Just cos someone sings a Janis song doesnt mean she sounds like it- could mean that person has good musical taste. I can think of lot of other people who were trying to imitate Janis than Crystal. Allison Iraheta’s verson of Cry Baby was almost like seeing Janis up on stage. Do comparisons of Bianca Ryan’s Piece of my Heart (AGT) and Crystals version. If you have a good ear you can see which one is trying to sound more like Janis. Crystal was Crystal all along throughout the whole competiton and the fact that she didnt compromise her self was one of huge attractions she won us fans over.

  73. Lee’s stripped down version of Beautiful Day doesnt work for me because it sounds like a lazy “arrangement” done by the cool guy who plays guitar. You know, some bunch of friends goes to the beach they have a campfire and this dude who fancy himself as a “rockstar” tries to play Beautiful Day in his own style. Sad thing is all his songs sound the same with the same rhythm (case and point: Hellalujah and Beautiful Day above). I have heard a lot of these stripped down versions on beach (cos I live near one) and its a cheap imitation, but good ol fun :). They have their own channel now as well and its called YouTube. Go check em out!

  74. I love beach boys with guitars. They are hot and sexy and rockstars!!:)
    Sigh! I could sit on a beach and listen to Lee sing Beautiful Day all day.

  75. Do they get royalties for live concerts?

    Of course, they do. The rights for performance are easier to get than TV rights. No special hoops for that. But, Bono got paid.

  76. Let’s think back here a bit. I remember when theme weeks were announced and we were given a look at the song lists and we all speculated as to what they might pick. I’m assuming they got the same lists and some of them are really short lists. Yet even the judges seem to forget how short those lists were when they made comments like they did on movie song week, I think one said, there are so many great movies out there….. Etc. Well, I guess they could have pushed to have a song added (I think Kris did that last year) but there is such a time constraint on choosing song, recording it, doing ford video, that I’m sure they just went with the flow. And I think when choosing songs for the finale, they tried to go with a type of song that fit the moment too. I think thing that makes BD more u2 is the instruments.

  77. I’m still having problems trying to upload the rest of my HD videos to YouTube. I’m not sure if it will ever work. I’ve tried at least 4x since Friday and I get an error everytime. :(

  78. rivermaya Actually “So What Now” wasn’t one of the 3 songs Lee told me but one of my friends said she heard he was doing that song, too. So I guess we’ll just have to see. It sounds like AP show will be a combination of originals and covers. He told us he’s planning to do his cover of the DMB song “Crash Into Me” again.

  79. Kristen, can you tell us if Annabelle is one of the 3? We are all dying to know what he’s going to sing.

  80. kvwicks13 I don’t know if I should put the 3 song titles on here. Lee didn’t tell me not to tell anyone but I don’t know… I think the news will travel quickly and some people want to be surprised. I can tell you they are 3 of my favorite songs on Slumberland and I’m really looking forward to hearing them live.

  81. I understand Kristen. All of us have been speculating what he’s going to sing. Most of us blogging here won’t be at the concert so we are all dying to know what he will be singing. We look forward to your videos of Friday’s AP concert.

  82. Lee’s stripped down version of Beautiful Day doesnt work for me because it sounds like a lazy “arrangement” done by the cool guy who plays guitar.

    That’s kind of Lee’s thing, though. It’s what he wants to do and it’s what he’s being paid for. Whether or not it’s lazy is a matter of opinion. Seems like being the cool guitar guy worked well enough for him on idol.

    As far as choosing Beautiful Day, I think depends on your perspective. I know I’m just generalizing but if you like Lee, you may think he was stuck with BD because the other choices were horrendous. If you don’t like Lee, you may think he was stupid enough to choose an iconic U2 song. In reality, we don’t know the whole story. You can’t trust interviews because they can be twisted into what you want to believe. Maybe Crystal’s right. Maybe she was told to say that. Who knows. IMO there shouldn’t be so much ‘sanctity’ placed in a single song. It happened, he sang BD and rearranged it to his style. Now he gets to perform his own material. I’m sure U2 got over it when they received the check in the mail.

  83. Regarding all my posts, questioning why Lee chose to perform BD if he thought it needed such a drastic change for whatever reason (and imo, change a great powerful and emotional song, into a lazy meh song that only has some vague elements of the original). I am only referring to the times AFTER he took the title, which is when he made the changes. I don´t believe he had to choose to perform it on tour or at Ford day.

    I’m sure U2 got over it when they received the check in the mail.

    :) funny the way you ended your post, and probably true. Although, I have doubts they ever heard the tour or acoustic version (hope not)

  84. Thank goodness they no longer have to face the judges!
    Wow, I can kinda see how a panel of judges can give conflicting advice and critiques. “Be yourself” “Make it your own!” “that was karaoke” “loved it” “hated it” and so on!
    I think that’s why it’s important if you’re going to compete on a show like this, you have to have a good sense of who you are and the ability to present yourself so that people can see what it is you can do and want to do. With the age limit lowered, it will have to be a bunch of very mature teenagers to get through the process.
    On a side note, in an earlier interview someone had said that Lee was really funny, to which he said, “I wanted it to be about my music, not that I was funny.” and he is funny, in a way that shows a quick mind and dry wit, and judging from how he has bonded with his co-idols, it is not humor at someone else’s expense. I’d like to hang out with him!

  85. I am only referring to the times AFTER he took the title, which is when he made the changes. I don´t believe he had to choose to perform it on tour or at Ford day.

    Maybe he chose to do it because he did get a lot of positive feedback about it. A lot of people like it. And not sure if it isn’t an unwritten rule that they do have to do it on tour. He tried to make the covers he did sound more like his style, so that’s why he did the revamped version. And I think there is a story behind all this, which we may never know. But days of covers are almost over, so now we will get to hear new originals, or not….if you don’t want to listen.

  86. And not sure if it isn’t an unwritten rule that they do have to do it on tour

    I didn’t follow the concerts before this year but I thought I read that Kris did “No Boundaries” last year, but then they pulled it?

  87. I happen to like Lee’s version of “Beautiful Day.” I mean it’s not my favorite song that he does by a long shot, but I don’t find it offensive or anything either.

    Different strokes I guess.

  88. This is just conjecture, but I don’t think Lee changed BD because he thought it needed it. He said he loved the song, so I assume he thinks the original is just fine. But with performing it on tour and on shows, he chose to change it to fit his style. But I guess your question is why he’s performing it at all. I have no idea. Maybe he’s expected to. Maybe he’s proud of his interpretation.

    ETA: What aprilfoolish said lol

    it’s important if you’re going to compete on a show like this, you have to have a good sense of who you are and the ability to present yourself so that people can see what it is you can do and want to do. With the age limit lowered, it will have to be a bunch of very mature teenagers to get through the process.

    Aw… that’s so not going to happen :) but I won’t rant because I’m pretty sure that’s wildly off topic! :D

  89. I agree, I think he changed up the song to fit his style and his singing voice. In my opinion, from reading blogs like EW, Zap2it etc, most people liked this newer version better and many had said they wished he released this version on Itunes instead of the U2 version.

  90. We may never know what transpired with the corranation song as far as what they were able to chose from. I saw both of their idolatry videos with Slezak. Crystal was in a better position to be more open since she was not the winner. One thing I’ve learned about Lee through the competetion is that he likes to follow the rules and not rock the boat. You can tell he was uncortfortable when Slezak asked him what songs that had to chose from for the final. My guess is that idol didn’t want them to discuss that, therefore, Lee’s tried to avoid answering the question directly. I would think they gave them a list to choose from, and not a big list. I’d have a hard time believing they could pick what they wanted.

  91. In my opinion, from reading blogs like EW, Zap2it etc, most people liked this newer version better and many had said they wished he released this version on Itunes instead of the U2 version.

    Maybe because how badly he sang and performed it originally and how badly it compared to the original and others who´ve covered BD

    Maybe he’s proud of his interpretation.

    I actually think cristististi is right. The way he introduces BD in the above video, he seems to be giving himself a little pad on the back for it.

  92. I remember when Slezak interviewed Lee for Idolatry. He asked him who came up with the new arrangement for Beautiful Day and Lee said the arrangement was his own. Slezak said that he liked the newer version better and I believe asked him why he didn’t do that version on finale night. So considering Slezak is a big Crystal fan, I appreciate the fact that he gave Lee some credit here for his version.

  93. I think Crystal has a beautiful voice and her version of Up To The Mountain when I saw it live (on the tour) almost brought me to tears. However, I’m gonna say this, I was disappointed she picked this for her “coronation song.” It just isn’t something that I feel is relevant to today’s music sound.

    I was surprised at Lee’s choice of Beautiful Day also, but I feel it was definitely a more current sound, even with the changes he made. I definitely like the acoustic version better, but I guess that’s just a matter of taste. And as far as the Ford Day, what other choice did he have than to play the guitar and sing? Were they even given the option of having a full band? I know they never have in the past. I didn’t find it to be “lazy,” just the right arrangement for the occasion.

  94. Just wanted to add that I was “caught” by Lee’s voice when I least expected it- from another room- and I have never stopped being interested in anything he sings. I was once in theatre and have a very sensitive ear for nuances of sound- I am continuously intrigued by the way he makes every version unique. In the past I felt the same way about people like Bob Dylan and James Taylor.

  95. However, I’m gonna say this, I was disappointed she picked this for her “coronation song.” It just isn’t something that I feel is relevant to today’s music sound.

    For better or worse, Crystal will never pick or sing a song because it´s “relevant” or __________ (fill in the blank)if she has another choice that she can relate to. She is so comfortable in her own skin and never seems confused for her next move.
    Maybe because her “coronation song” pick was what it was…something she could deeply relate to, is the reason it was by far, the best performance of the night.

  96. I guess if I thought I had a great chance of being the next American Idol I, too would think it was a BEAUTIFUL DAY:) He has often said he thought the song best represented the moment and perhaps he felt the other choices did not? JMO

  97. If Idol producers let them sing any song they wanted it would have been very difficult for either of them to chose one. I’m sure they had a suggested list. Maybe if there was a song they really wanted to do, they could have asked for clearance.

  98. Just wanted to add that I was “caught” by Lee’s voice when I least expected it- from another room- and I have never stopped being interested in anything he sings. I was once in theatre and have a very sensitive ear for nuances of sound- I am continuously intrigued by the way he makes every version unique. In the past I felt the same way about people like Bob Dylan and James Taylor.

    Brook52, that is one of the nicest compliments I’ve read about Lee.

  99. Aladdict – the Access Hollywood version is my favorite too. I think he recorded it the day after he won idol with practically no sleep. It was so great, everyone was saying he should have sang it that way on Idol. I have always thought that he did want to perform that version for the finale but producers thought otherwise.

  100. Yep, my favorite version of BD, too. Still listen to it almost every day.

  101. My absolute favorite performer used to be the great emmy, grammy, oscar winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Used to be. As in he’s been replaced – by a new up and coming singer-songwriter, with the most interesting singing voice I’ve ever heard, Lee DeWyze.

  102. Oh yes, Woody Guthrie and Paul Simon as well- they like Lee are story-tellers-So I realize that it is Lee’s voice that originally was the hook and then it was listening to his own work that made me continue to listen. I remember when I first heard Love and Misery-I thought- who is this person? I was intrigued and just continue to always be surprised.

  103. It’s funny but Paul doesn’t have the strongest voice in the world. He even has been known to be a bit ‘pitchy’ in concert. And yet his voice is considered unique and beautiful and he is well respected by so many musicians.

  104. Even Lee has said winning American Idol doesn’t mean he’s “made it”, but that he has to work hard and put out a good album and AI has given him that chance. For being only 24, he seems to be a hard worker and serious about his music. He seems really happy about how the album is progressing, so we should get something that represents him as he’d like us to see him. From what I’ve read, sometimes idol records don’t seem that way, or that tptb try to steer it in a different direction. I’m woefully inadequate to critique his music, I only know what I like and I like Lee. From what I’ve seen, he seems to have his fellow idol’s respect for his talent, his former band mates, the mentors all seemed to like him, and other artists have praised him. I think at this point, it only matters if you like his music, because if you don’t…..don’t listen or buy it.

  105. Reminder:

    Just deleted a pile of posts. Don’t

    1. Criticize or condescend to your fellow posters
    2. Lecture or tell people what to do.

    I hate fan wars. Fans who keep jumping into threads to start the same tired arguments over and over again, or who continually bait fans of a rival Idol eventually get banned. Just so you know.

  106. wow love time will do the talking.. awesome performance

    Word. This is a great song, and hopefully shows us a lot about what we can expect from her album.

  107. It’ll be interesting to see how well these two sell going forward. Definitely a step in a difference direction for American Idol. Nice videos though, HD Youtube is such a welcome change from the season five concert videos.

  108. Wow Lee has really opened up. He was so talkative and so entertaining during the interview. It is really nice to see him get more comfortable talking during an interview.

  109. hells yes! come November 16th…his album will speak for itself :)

    ps- its gonna be brilliant :P

  110. I’m very impressed by the Use Somebody performance. He changed it up again and it’s wonderful.

  111. I love this version of Use Somebody!!! How can he change it up so many times???
    BD was also good but I liked the Access Hollywood and the Jimmy Fallon (very raggae-like) versions the most.
    I think this is the most comfortable I’ve seen Lee on any of his performances – love how he is interacting with his audience. I believe he will only get better over time.
    Kristen – you did a great job on those HD videos. Thanks for sharing. I am so looking forward to your vids @ the AP concert this friday. Enjoy :)

  112. Use Somebody is incredible! Please, can we just give him a Grammy for that?! Amazing.

  113. Thank you Kristen for taking all this time and bringing us these great videos from Ford day! You rock!!! :)

  114. rivermaya – Yes, the Jimmy Fallon version of Beautiful Day was really good. Too bad they cut the song short for a commercial! I was watching Fallon’s website after that to see if the might have a video of the whole song but I never saw it : (

  115. ldjfan : yes, I do love his version of BD on Fallon with the Roots. Lee was so relaxed and so into it in this version . Too bad it was cut short . But I had my few minutes of pleasure listening and watching it. Kids really so good in changing up the same song over and over.

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