Lee DeWyze – “Sweet Serendipity” – Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Lee DeWyze performed “Sweet Serendipity” with his new band (their debut!) on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Whole lotta love solo
Whole lotta love solo

Tonight kicks off a few weeks of appearances to promote Lee’s upcoming album, Live It Up, set to drop November 16.

Good job Lee! He pulled off that wordy jumble of lyrics without a hitch. Fun, upbeat, good stuff… The band sounded great!

Video after the JUMP…

Sweet Serendipty

Backstage with Brian

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166 Comments

  1. Woohoo! That was freakin awesome. Well done Lee.. the song sounded great live – I can see why he chose it. And so wonderful to see how happy Lee was. Oh and the band is hot too

  2. Wow-that was awesome. Lee and his good looking band sounded great! The audience sure seemed to love him.

  3. Lee did fantastic on Leno tonight and he looked great! Band did very well considering it was their first time performing the song live in public. They will only get better.

    WTG LEE!!!!!!

  4. So upbeat and fun!! They did great! Incredibly proud to be a Lee fan! Must have been so awesome for all of them, their first televised show together. :)

  5. WOW that was great!! First time performing Sweet Serendipity its was amazing!! I agree Powter48 they will only get better!! Great job Lee! The band looks great, loved the new logo on the drums! :)

  6. what a hard song to sing live! but i thought he did alright for himself for the first time. It only gets better from here..

  7. Lee actually looked happy and I thought he sang SS quite well, although the song itself is really monotonous. I thought the tempo would be a problem but he worked it out. It should only get better as he sings it 100 times in the near future.

    Dear Lee’s stylist: People should not have large swatches of fur growing on their chin(s).

  8. Lee and the band did an A-mazing job singing SS live for very first time. He’s got a great looking band there and the logo/emblem is really nice! Lee was smiling and seemed really happy to be playing his own music again.

  9. I liked this version better than the radio edit,very catchy-but they need to make sure Leno,or whoever tells the viewers that SS is the current single,etc. so they can create more of a buzz than just announcing the album release date.It needs more reqs.at radio,and lots more purchases.Single info and LOUDLY…

  10. So much fun…love this song to the max. Great job, Lee. Lots of tweets from your fans tonight! We loved it.

  11. I feel bad for him, saddled with that awful song. It could be the worst single in Idol history. Ugh. He sounded okay-ish, but who cares?

  12. #
    jaybee:
    11/10/2010 at 1:57 am

    I liked this version better than the radio edit,very catchy-but they need to make sure Leno,or whoever tells the viewers that SS is the current single,etc. so they can create more of a buzz than just announcing the album release date.It needs more reqs.at radio,and lots more purchases.Single info and LOUDLY…

    I just watched, Leno did announce that it was the single.

  13. I loved it! Can’t wait for more performances! It’s such a fun song :D

  14. Lol.. I just watched it a few more times… so modern, current – gotta say I love how he performs the song. The band is animated and clean and dressed like a current young band… Wow… I am truly impressed with how this AI winner is doing – he is going to do so well :) :)

  15. I thought he did a really good job. I was wondering if he would slow it down a little since it seems like it would be so hard to sing! My only complaint is I actually did not like it when his bandmates sang backup on the chorus. They were distracting to me. At one point I wondered if they were off on the lyrics a little.

  16. I could not concentrate on the performance or the band with that weird backdrop around the entire band. Why place a band in the middle of an image of giants (playing basketball? dancing?) what is that all about? But not Lee’s fault, just another reason to watch Conan.

  17. I loved the whole performance. It was so much fun to see the whole band- a great vibe from them all- can’t wait to see more of the album performed live. Lee’s voice sounded fabulous.

  18. At one point I wondered if they were off on the lyrics a little.

    It sounds like a backing track to me, I think Lee and the band were together and off from the backing track. But I don’t know, that’s what I hear anyway.

    I was uber worried that it would be worse. The band is tight and look good together. Once they get the hang of this song, I think it’ll be really great live. Good job.

  19. Garden variety bubble gum pop.

    Love me some gardens, variety, bubble gum and pop – so all’s good for me! So happy to see Lee having fun with this song. I’m really happy for him.

  20. Yeah, it was a little bit ragged in spots, but overall was a good performance. They looked relaxed which makes it better for the viewer.

  21. Whew. There were a couple of shaky moments with the band, but not a bad debut. I like the melody changes Lee made at the beginning of the song and the band jamming at the end.

  22. Lee looked so good tonight. Love the foot stomping!! And by the way Cheese, it’s not fur. It’s a cute little beard. It’s his thing and I like it.

  23. I really wanted to wait to watch it live but I caved. I couldn’t wait. I loved it! I’m impressed…that’s got to be a hard song to sing. The new band looks great together, too.

  24. I watched Lee perform, then switched the DVR to Letterman and watched Bon Jovi’s performance. The contrast was remarkable. The only think I’ll say is that Lee has a very long way to go and the odds are not in his favor. I wish him luck, though.

  25. I watched Lee perform, then switched the DVR to Letterman and watched Bon Jovi’s performance.

    Is it really fair to compare him to a band that’s been performing since as long as Lee’s been alive? First performance with a new band vs. A band with 25 years of experience together isn’t really all that fair to compare, IMO.

  26. ITA Weebs787.
    Also,

    and the odds are not in his favor.

    Huh? Why not?

    Anyways, i thought Lee and the band did a killer job especially considering it was their first live performance! Theyre tight and look really awesome together :) Loved it & looking forward to all this good stuff coming up!

  27. I wanted to add that the writers-Jordan Lawhead,David Glass,and Lee did a MUCH better job writing this record than some on other blogs I won’t mention have said of them- VERY well done gentlemen!

  28. I understand Lee is not everyones cup of tea and you certainly don’t have to like his singing or performance style, but seriously? Comparing him and the first time he’s performing his song on national TV to a band around since 1984 is fair, how?

  29. That was a pretty good job of singing a very wordy song. Now we wait to see if this performance gives the song a sales bump. It was at #405 on iTunes this morning and when I checked just now, it was at #397.

  30. It was so much fun to see the band’s first live performance on the big screen. I thought they all did a great job and it will be cool to see all the other performances they have planned. I liked liked Leno’s intro of Lee as well. :)

  31. Well, that was a fun song. Honestly, I thought the lyrics were jumbly, but they weren’t that necessary to get the gist of the song. And Lee has a great, distinctive voice.

    This song doesn’t seem that special, particularly, so I’m kind of surprised that it’s the first single. I hope he’s got some good songs on his CD.

  32. The most import part was he seemed to not be miserable. Yeah the vocal was off in parts (it’s Lee, that’s his thing) and there may have been a backing track in addition to band doing backup vocals but over all this didn’t hurt him unlike, for example, Blake Lewis performing his first single where he so obviously didn’t care. The song is catchy and, for me, is better live because I don’t like the production on the chorus.

    It still sounds more like an Archuleta song than I expected from Lee. I guess the only “saving grace” is Lee’s vocal tone if you like that sort of “i need to clear my throat” thing; I do not.

  33. I thought Lee and the band did a great job! It’s going to be fun watching them all over the place next week. I hope more Jingle Balls are announced soon too, preferably in the Southwest, LOL.

  34. He didn’t mangle the song but somebody needs to shave that stupid patch of hair off his chin, and tell him to hit the gym. Dude looks really pudgy in the face right now.

  35. @Niall: looks are important in music, sure. But considering the post-Idol schedule of a singer-songwriter winner with a November drop date, I’m going to guess that hitting the gym probably fell behind writing, recording, touring, rehearsing, and promoting the album.

  36. I stopped halfway thru the song, cant bear myself the shouting…

    its saddening to see pop songs ruin an otherwise nice melody and work of an original artist. This song is such a rip-off of Brett Dennen’s song –
    Ain’t No Reason. :(

  37. The band is tight, seems like they’ve been playing together for months. Overall vibe is fun and very current. Nice job, I’m impressed.

  38. its saddening to see pop songs ruin an otherwise nice melody and work of an original artist. This song is such a rip-off of Brett Dennen’s song –
    Ain’t No Reason.

    I don’t mean any disrespect, but you’re just joking, right? Because I don’t hear any similarities between the two songs.

  39. Not as bad as I was expecting it to be but not great either. It was an unremarkable performance to me. I don’t see a performance like this really convincing people to buy the song and/or album.

    He didn’t mangle the song but somebody needs to shave that stupid patch of hair off his chin, and tell him to hit the gym. Dude looks really pudgy in the face right now.

    lol, I would hate to agree with this, but I do.

    @Niall: looks are important in music, sure. But considering the post-Idol schedule of a singer-songwriter winner with a November drop date, I’m going to guess that hitting the gym probably fell behind writing, recording, touring, rehearsing, and promoting the album.

    So he doesn’t have 30-60 minutes a day to set aside to exercise? ok…lol

  40. This song is such a rip-off of Brett Dennen’s song – Ain’t No Reason.

    umm seriously? I LOVE Aint No Reason..first heard it on Scrubs a while back but im not seeing the similarities either.

  41. This song is such a rip-off of Brett Dennen’s song –
    Ain’t No Reason.

    Both Brett Debben and Lee have a nice raspy vocal tone, but that’s where the similarities end for me as the songs are different in terms of lyrics, message, melody, and style, so basically every aspect.

  42. Yup. Bubble gum. He has better stuff than this. Only remember two words from the song because they’re repeated 93 times and.. they are the title. The band did sound good and Lee was.. uh Lee. All in all not a bad first effort though. He did look a little like he’s been on the twinkie diet.

  43. umm seriously? I LOVE Aint No Reason..first heard it on Scrubs a while back but im not seeing the similarities either.

    Take out all the excessive noise. Slow the tempo of the song. Start at chorus, easier to identify.

  44. Plenty of Rocker guys have made it big without perfect figures-See Meatloaf…

  45. Are u guys serious? First of all Lee is normal weight, the tv makes “everyone” look heavier! But that should not even be an issue anyway. Lee did a great job the band was amazing and they are only going to improve each time they play…not that they need to. Congrats to Lee!

  46. Finally, got to watch it :). Lee and his band is amazing. Great job guys. Love it.

  47. Wow – way to go, Lee. That was awesome live – much better than the recorded version. Got to hear Lee’s soulful rasp. The song has a great message – I like that it’s upbeat and not sad sounding. The band looks good, too – all in all a great performance.

    Also, I liked the look of the CD jacket on Leno’s desk. I think that was a great choice of picture.

  48. He pulled it off. I’m wondering if he was nervous, as it didn’t seem he was really into the performance. The song is upbeat, but I didn’t get that vibe from Lee. The band looks good, almost to good, my eyes were drawn more to the guitarist than Lee. That layered look wasn’t faltering for Lee, but he’s been dressing like that since the finals started on Idol. Pre-Idol Lee was always a jeans and T-shirt guy, he just doesn’t look very comfortable this way.

  49. Good job indeed, my expectations were low considering the way Kris performed LLWD the first few times but Lee definetly pulled it off.

  50. Sorry to disagree with you guys but I gave up watching in the middle of the song…the performance was just ok. If he was on my TV I would keep switching channels. Didn´t get my attention, neither the song or his boring face…

    The band looks good, almost to good, my eyes were drawn more to the guitarist than Lee

    So true. I kept doing the same thing.

  51. I thought Lee and his band did a very nice job with this song, particularly for a first time performance. I did not sense a backing track at all. It was nice to see Lee move a bit on the stage despite having to ‘hit your mark’ on shows like this. HIs band also seemed into it.

    My only negative is Leno’s awful set design. Those graphics behind the band were distracting.

  52. Overall, it was a good first performance. There were some problems as expected but I think it came off well. I like that they slowed SS down a tad and removed some of the wordiness. I watched the peformance on my DVR and I do think there was a backing track that caused a little flub here & there. It seemed to me that the backing vocals were not live. There were times there were vocals but the band were not near the mics.

  53. This was a bit dull. I wasn’t able to focus the whole way through the song. I wish Lee and the band would somehow put some more pop/wow/something into the song to help me keep focused.

  54. Meh, it was fine, nothing exciting. Song is still boring. The band helped him out on vocals, which is a good thing. Dude can’t hold a note for longer than 2 seconds without sounding like he’s gonna have a coronary, but I already expected that. The guitarist is nice to look at though.

  55. Watched it a few more times…Can’t get the song out of my head now!
    And can’t wait for the Dec. 5th show to see Lee and the band live.

  56. hmm…. I like Lee better recorded then live. IMO Lee’s vocals was the weak spot on that performance. I actually liked the band better than I liked Lee. BTW his guitarist is hot. But back to Lee, IDK, I just think this is the wrong song to promote the album. I tried liking this song, but I just don’t. To end on a positive note though, I think overall, Lee and the band did ok for a first performance, and they looked like they were having fun.

  57. He pulled it off. I’m wondering if he was nervous, as it didn’t seem he was really into the performance. The song is upbeat, but I didn’t get that vibe from Lee. The band looks good, almost to good, my eyes were drawn more to the guitarist than Lee. That layered look wasn’t faltering for Lee, but he’s been dressing like that since the finals started on Idol. Pre-Idol Lee was always a jeans and T-shirt guy, he just doesn’t look very comfortable this way.

    I agree with your entire post.

    Lee did very well considering his nerves when playing live on TV. This was a good song choice for him because it’s a lot of fast notes (sustained notes went off key at times), but he needs to learn how to get out of his head and connect a bit better with it. To me, it looked like he was concentrating so hard (to remember the words?) that he wasn’t really interpreting the words. It came off as a bit of emotionally monotonic during the fast word bits – like he could have been singing in a foreign language. He put more emotional inflection on the bits with the longer notes (e.g. when he sings “Sweet Serendipity”).

    Lee also has to remember that he has band mates around him and find a way to interact with them. The guitar player on his right seemed like a puppy running around trying to find somebody to interact with. Try engaging with him. The guy on the left kept looking at the floor, so forget about interacting with him until he learns to not be off in his little world (he’s kind of hot and talented, so he can stay). That said, the band played great and the look great. Very TV friendly.

    They should ditch the backing-track. It jumbled the words in bits and only serves to point out when the band was a little off the lyrics. If it wasn’t there, nobody but diehard fans might notice and they wouldn’t care. Backing tracks are completely unforgiving. It looks like in-his-own-world guitar player can sing, so have him do the back-ups and cover for the need to breath. He’s live so he can adjust to whatever is happening on the fly. The backing-track just trudges along and forces everybody to sing everything the same way every time.

    Overall, it was a good performance considering it was the first live performance, it was The Tonight Show (always stressful) and most current singers these days seem to have trainwrecks when singing live. For people who watch the show regularly, they were probably one of the above par musical guests.

  58. Watched again this morning (could hardly wait snce I woke up singing SS) Great way to start my day! I love this song, so much fun. Lee looked gorgeous and sounded fantastic. I’m very happy that I didn’t notice anything at all that would spoil the performance for me in any way. Yeah!

    Can’t wait to see his next performance. Hope the video is released this week.

  59. No disrespect to Lee-he did what he could with that song-I take issue with the wordy first release-doesn’t really showcase his voice-I agree the background was distracting.

  60. I couldn’t understand a word he said except the chorus, but it wasn’t obvious that he couldn’t get the words in.

    He gave a better performance with the song than I thought he would. Band sounded good.

    Is it typical for Jay not to talk to them at all?

  61. Is it typical for Jay not to talk to them at all?

    Yes. Introduce the musical act. Shake their hand and tell them they did a good job while the credits roll. Very rarely does he chat with the musical guest at all. You’ve really arrived when you get to sing and get chair time.

  62. I watched it last night, tv messed up for last minute but I thought he did great! Found a video to watch (over and over) and after listening again, I loved it even more!! Loved the smiles! Didn’t like the backdrop and wished they had zoomed in on bandmates at least once, or that they had at least left a little time after to let Lee introduce them. Can’t wait to hear more from them! Hope the video comes out soon.

  63. Well, I have to say that my first impression after watching the clip was very, very good! But after reading some of these negative comments, then I’m not so sure, lol. For Lee’s hardcore fans, I feel like I can give a somewhat unbiased opinion though, since I’m not a fan of Lee’s. I thought he did a very good job, I liked the song alot better live, and I thought the band looked and sounded awesome.

  64. Lee did a great job. Still not a big fan of this song. The band is good. Lee is getting better performance wise IMHO. I do think the wordiness of the song is a plus for him. I always thought Lee is better while he is singing then when he is just standing and playing the musical interludes of a song. Oh and I am really thinking the song is great for his voice. Didn’t think so before. Finally I always thought Lee was better with his studio recordings then his live version but for the first time I think his live version of this song last night was better then the recorded version. Honestly Lee wasn’t the contestant I was routing for, in fact there were 3 or 4 others I liked better but I am really warming up to him and even if I wasn’t I always wish him loads of success. I am even going to purchase his album (which I didn’t think I would) (through MJ’s of course :-) )

  65. I love reading all the diverse comments. I was really happy seeing Lee and his band. Great sounding group overall, and Lee sounded wonderful to me. The only thing I noticed was the background vocals seemed off to me as well. I noticed it right away. However, I’m 100% sure they’ll tighten it up.

    Above all, I’m thrilled to see Lee and his band. The guitar player is kinda charismatic, and Lee is always a total sweetie, IMO.

  66. Yay! That was freakin aweeeeeeesome.. Loved the whole performance.. Lee looks great, sounded good. Nothing wrong in my eyes with how he was dressed! The 2 guitarists….nice looking!! and looked like they were having fun. Great job Lee.. Watching that put a smile on my face!

  67. Did I just watch Lee DeWyze with his band The Jonas Brothers?No interaction with his band.Thats weak I guess thats what happens when you force a band together on stage to play songs that they had no part in the writing process.I think Lee should ditch the pop and pick up where he left off after Slumberland.Just my opinion.

  68. Must clean my glasses. No way in hell does Lee “look great.” That beard does nothing to improve his looks either. Are we wearing “beer goggles?” I like the song. Band seems fine. Lee’s voice sounds fine. He’s lacking charisma big time though.

  69. sr4mjc:
    11/10/2010 at 7:44 am
    Meh, it was fine, nothing exciting. Song is still boring. The band helped him out on vocals, which is a good thing. Dude can’t hold a note for longer than 2 seconds without sounding like he’s gonna have a coronary, but I already expected that. The guitarist is nice to look at though.

    Another MTE to sr4mjc, perhaps I should just let you write my posts today? ;)

    I’ll just add though that he did a good job despite the lyrics & that he needs to ditch the multi layering. It makes him look like a hobbit next to the others.

  70. Geez, that’s the first time I’ve bothered to listen to the single, and I hate it. Blech. Just way to insipid and poppy for my taste.

    I honestly don’t get the Lee love. I think the guy is horribly unattractive, average or worse voice, and the charisma of gravel. I don’t get it.

  71. He did an okay job but I still don’t like the song. The background is horrible and needs to find a basement somewhere to hide in.

  72. I liked this performance! I may have to revise my opinion of Lee a bit. That was better than anything he did on Idol. I liked the song too(i can totally hear that on a HAC station). And The band did a great job. :) Its interesting watching how all the idol bands are different. Adam’s 4some, compared to David Cooks, compared to KA and Lee’s. Shows a lot about the personality of the performers.

  73. Kirsten:
    11/10/2010 at 9:16 am
    Is it typical for Jay not to talk to them at all?

    Yes. Introduce the musical act. Shake their hand and tell them they did a good job while the credits roll. Very rarely does he chat with the musical guest at all. You’ve really arrived when you get to sing and get chair time.

    Yaaay Adam! LOL! Just kidding. Not thread hijacking! ( and I don’t think he got chair time the first time around so..)

  74. Lee and the Band sound great. But it’s true, Lee’s better look is like his album cover – cleaner shave and not wearing black. He should stay away from jackets. He also looks great in his blue t-shirt , grey plaid shirt, white hoodie. Battle jackets are Ok – grey leather and brown suade

  75. The first half of the song went pretty well and I was impressed. But then it got weak the 2nd half. Lee lost some power and it showed when his band wasn’t singing with him plus it started to drag. I liked the very end of it though.

    Props to Lee and the band for figuring out an arrangement that worked. I think their performances will get better.

  76. There was nothing exciting or memorable about this performance for me. The best I can say about it is that he got through it without looking too foolish. The chorus was a mess though. He was obviously out of sync with the backing track which took me further from the performance. There wasn’t much there to start with, so no huge loss. If the choice of this song was to prove that Lee could do light and upbeat, I think it only half succeeded. He can pass, but he’s just doing a poor imitation of it. Also, I agree with others that the band lacked any kind of connection and spark. Sparks – that’s what was missing. I got a lot of ‘trying’ instead. It will be interesting to see how the public at large reacts. This is my response as an unattached observer who has liked a couple of things Lee has done.

  77. Lee and the whole band looks great together. Honestly, I don’t see why some people think Lee is fat. I have seen Lee up close and personal in a short sleeved t shirt and jeans. I gave him a hug at the AI concert. Trust me, the boy is not fat. If you look past his round face when he’s not wearing the layers with jacket it’s so obvious.

  78. The band is pretty goodlooking. I thought for the first time singing it live,Lee did a really great job. Hopefully once him and the band get use to each other they’ll interact more with each other and have more fun.

  79. Wasn’t perfect, but great for their first live TV performance. Loving the sound and look of the band :)

  80. This was the first time they played together live so they may have been a tad nervous! I think overall they did a great job and each performance they do will get better and better.

  81. The song is way too wordy, imo, to really be good enough for pop radio. I mean, who can even sing along to that? Very few successful pop songs are that wordy because they need a hook people can catch on to. That said, Lee did better than I expected (not saying much), though the chorus sounded like a jumbled mess. About as good as he could probably pull it off, though.

  82. One great thing about that performance was Jay introed him as a singer songwriter — so that will be how he is promoted everywhere.

    Regarding the performance — band was good, Lee was OK but that song is not working for Lee. And the whole thing lacked energy.

    Finally, most people who saw this performance will not know or care that it is his first live performance of SS. (Intro didn’t even say it was the debut.) If he wants to “sell” this song and his album, he’ll have to kick it up a notch. JMHO but I am more convinced than ever that the song is a big part of the problem. Maybe RCA should switch to LIU as his lead single. That might be a better showcase for him in live performances.

  83. I hate that backing track, but overall I have faith in the guys ironing out the kinks and improving. A good sign is that when asked by a fan, Lee said singing SS wasn’t as hard as everybody says. If he thinks he can do it, I’m not worried about it.

    I’m sure this was a rhetorical question but…

    Who can even sing along to that?

    I can! :D

  84. Q3 I completely agree with you. The band was better than Lee, they just seemed to be more into it. But the biggest problem is definitely the song. Lee needs to perform a song that will draw people into checking out his album. This song is just weak. I hope he can perform other songs from his album during the promo period.

  85. Stayed up late to catch Lee and did not regret a bit. He totally pulled off those wordy lyrics and even put a little twist to the melody of the song ( like he always does). I thought he did really good for a first live performance.

    First time to see the band and like what I saw. They’re all young and blend right in with each other. For fans that followed Lees’ new bandmates’ tweets, they are definitely enjoying each other and their equal love of music. I’d say this band will get tighter .
    ETA: are they all wearing converse?!

    After the second listen, yes, there are some slight flaws but not that distinct to be recognizable. I know they will only get better over time.

  86. Wow, Idol fans are hyper-critical.

    I thought Lee and the band looked and sounded great. I don’t much like that song but I thought it sounded much better live and I’m amazed that was their first performance on TV. I’ve seen lots of these “Idol on Leno for the first time” performances and they’re usually a lot rougher than that.

    Good job Lee!

    (Didn’t even notice the guitar player so must go back and check. I just think Lee is such a cutie).

  87. As someone who’s not really a Lee fan, I think he did a pretty good job. I’m not jumping up and down, but it was a solid performance. I still don’t think he’s got that “it” factor, though. There’s just a missing connection or something.

  88. Well, the back-drop was awful and distracting, immediately drawing attention to itself (looked like Lee was part of a jeans ad or something). Nonetheless, I thought he sounded (and looked)fine, especially in the beginning. Then, around the middle of the song, the fact that the lyrics are so crowded is all I could think about.

  89. Wow and they say the girl Idols get criticized for their weight unfairly *sigh* Please Lee, lose about 200 lbs. because you’re terribly overweight and close to death. Note the sarcasm in my post please.

  90. yay! i finally got home to hear lee and the band perform SS for the first time ever. that was awesome! i’m so proud of him! he just looked happy (those smiles) and excited to be singing his co-written debut single live on national tv. the band looked mighty fine and were also into the music. i loved the minor changes that he did with the song, as he usually does during his live performances. and lastly, how cool was it that his “LJD” logo could be seen on the drums? nice! all in all, good first showing by lee and the band. can’t wait for the other performances of SS as well as the songs from LIU the album. for sure, they will only get better :)

    Who can even sing along to that?

    *raises hand* me too! (with much dancing & bopping to boot, lol!). i guess it’s one of those songs that are just fun to sing and dance to.

  91. I’m rather thankful for my ability to simply enjoy the performance (which I did very much!) without dissecting every single aspect of it, as only an Idol-tard can do. I highly doubt anyone but Idol-tards gave it nearly that much thought. He fits right in with mainstream artists and looked like he was enjoying himself.

  92. i’d like to add that as someone upthread mentioned, it is indeed nice to read all the various posts of people here, fan and non-fans alike. i appreciate the fact that people who don’t like lee or SS gave him a chance and listened/watched the leno performance and gave their opinions. here’s to hoping that lee will continue to interest new listeners as he gets to play SS more :)

  93. Hey, partyintheusa, I agree with you wholeheartedly. It was such a great first performance with such fun personality and playfulness as all live performances should be… I really like the song performed live
    I am glad he takes the time to dress like a professional, modern musician and doesn’t look like he just rolled out of bed. He showed respect for the venue by looking clean and ready for national TV. And I am so grateful there isn’t a plaid shirt in sight!
    I find it hypocritical of Americans to suggest Lee is overweight – they are not exactly known for being a fit nation. I would suggest Lee is considered skinny by American standards. I aspire to be as fit as these musicians and I am glad they set good examples of healthy living as well as good music.

  94. For what it’s worth…here’s my take on last night’s performance. I find it so sad that one of the main topics of conversation is that Lee was able to get through that mass of lyrics. When the sheer amount of lyrics takes over just liking a song, I think that is a red flag the song itself is problematic. The more I listen to “Live it Up”…the more I wish they had stuck with that as the single.

    I thought Lee looked a bit nervous (completely understandable), and I felt his smiles looked a bit forced. I agree that he does have to work with band interaction, but come on, I think the band was put together about 3 weeks ago. After a month of playing gigs, I bet these guys will have a great time together.

    His band members are good looking (especially the lead guitar guy, Chris..who has a lot of stage presence). Yes, Lee may be shorter and stockier that the guitar players, but that’s another thing I love about Lee…he doesn’t seem to have “short guy syndrome.” I think he is perfectly confident with his stature, doesn’t run around wearing super heels (although I think those converse make him look “duckier” than necessary!). He has a wonderful face…but yes, I do prefer a bit cleaner shaven look on him like the stylists on Idol gave him.

    He is such a nice, earnest guy, with a great voice, and I wish I didn’t care so much that he succeeds…but I do. I think once he gets the next several weeks of gigs under his belt, his on-stage performance will improve and he will relax and have fun. The audience will have more fun then, too. Last night’s premier with a new song and new band on Leno had to be scary. I give him props for facing every new challenge.

    I can’t wait to see all the upcoming performances…and I hope we get to see Lee talk with the show hosts and banter with the crowd. He is a likable guy that you want to root for..he works hard..I think that’s ultimately why he won Idol. I know so many will disagree with me, and that’s fine…but I sure wish him well!

  95. Suziq, well said. And just to highlight some of what you said you can tell he’s just a great guy, a talented singer/songwriter, and a hard worker. I don’t know how anyone could not wish the guy well. Whether you like his music or not, you can tell he’s a nice guy that wouldn’t say a bad thing about anyone.

    We all have different body types height, weight etc but for some people to say he’s fat, that I just don’t get.

  96. I find it so sad that one of the main topics of conversation is that Lee was able to get through that mass of lyrics. When the sheer amount of lyrics takes over just liking a song, I think that is a red flag the song itself is problematic.

    For whatever it’s worth, the song’s success depends on how it sounds on the radio, not how it sounds live. Very few performers, if any, have been called out for a song not sounding the same live as it does on the recording. IMO, SS is going to do a lot better on the radio than Live It Up, it’s just a lot more radio friendly.

  97. Again, only Idol-tards care that freakin’ much about a tv performance.

  98. I don’t know how anyone could not wish the guy well.

    Welcome to the world of Idol fandom, where there’s always someone ready to not wish your guy or girl well. I don’t get it either — they’re all just singers/songwriters/musicians trying to make a living. I wish them all well. It’s not like I’m competing with them for a job or anything.

  99. Again, only Idol-tards care that freakin’ much about a tv performance.

    What other kinds of people post on an idol blog? It was a good performance.

  100. I thought Lee did a good job considering it being his first appearance. As for his supposed weight problem, I think the only people who have a issue with it are those insecure about their own physicality.

  101. Welcome to the world of Idol fandom, where there’s always someone ready to not wish your guy or girl well. I don’t get it either — they’re all just singers/songwriters/musicians trying to make a living. I wish them all well. It’s not like I’m competing with them for a job or anything.

    I don’t get it either because to me, if an Idol does well it helps lend the show and the other Idols more credibility.

  102. Welcome to the world of Idol fandom, where there’s always someone ready to not wish your guy or girl well.

    True. But I don’t equate somebody who is not sunshine and rainbows as being somebody who is out to get an Idol. When we watch the show, we critique the performance. Why can’t we do it after the show? Everybody has room to grow.

    I don’t wish Lee ill, but I don’t have to love everything he does either.

    Whether you like his music or not, you can tell he’s a nice guy that wouldn’t say a bad thing about anyone.

    With all due respect, how would anybody who does not personally know him have any chance of knowing this? Good gravy. I don’t know anybody in my life who has never said a single bad thing about somebody else. Everybody I know is human. Even Mother Teresa herself said the odd bad thing about somebody else and she was practically a living saint. I see no reason to deify any Idol.

    I would frankly be stunned if Lee (or any other Idol) never said a bad thing about anybody. And if he did say bad things about people 10 times a day, I wouldn’t think one jot less of him for it. (Well, if that’s all he is doing it in interviews (rather than say chatting amongst his friends), then I might question his sense).

    And if it turns out that Lee is a saint and is always nice to everybody no matter what they do, I still reserve the right to say I do not like his facial hair. This is a blog to comment on Idols and how they perform and I shall comment. I see no reason for having a comment section if all people are allowed to say is “Rah-Rah! Best Performance Ever!”. And rarely do I like anybody’s facial hair.

  103. Kisten, I agree with you in that it is a blog and is there for people to make comments good or bad. It’s one thing to critique music but when you start getting into people’s appearances and some of the stuff I’ve read is downright mean!

  104. I found the discrepancy between the band and the backing track really problematic, to the point that it distracted me from the rest of the performance. I really hope they fix that or just arrange the song so that it can be dropped entirely.

    But they have potential to make it gel. I still think the lyrics (both in amount and aptness) make this song a hard sell, but melodically it works well enough.

  105. There needs to be a bonfire for that creepy wallpaper-screen-whatever, Jon’s shoes, and Lee’s black fancy jacket.

  106. I was just making the point that the rest of the world does not care about every little detail.

  107. If you listen to these performances regularly, all the bands sing bum notes or wear something silly, or don’t dance, or smile too much or don’t smile enough. But when an Idol is on, it really gets picked apart. Maybe because we can’t let the competition element go?

    I remember Kris Allen’s Leno performance was a little rough, but nothing worse than I’ve heard a thousand times from far more famous bands. But reading the blogs you would think he had taken a dump on stage! Oh and the clothes! Kris wears too much plaid, Adam wears silly outfits, Cookie needs to lay off the beards, Lee shouldn’t wear layers … it’s always something, Makes me happy no one cares what I wear :)

  108. Of course, we do not know Lee personally. But I have never heard him diss anyone in public, even if interviewers were asking leading questions, trying to get him to say some thing negative.I have heard him say very nice things about Kris,David Cook,Adam,and Carrie and the whole judging panel from last year. In his Lindsey Parker interview he emphasized that he was not criticizing singers who don’t write their own sings. Many people who know him have talked about what a nice guy he is.And he’s great to his fans.
    Not all the Idols are so nice about their fellow Idols-I’m looking at you Clay, Blake, Chris Sligh.
    Sorry if that’s off-topic. I thought Lee and his new band were great last night. He’ll probably sound different every time he sings that song-he tends to improvise.
    As for the weird background-maybe the Leno staff thinks it makes the stage look bigger? I went to the Leno show a couple of years ago and the space where the musical guests perform is tiny.

  109. sallysimmons, you cracked me up with your last post :)
    CindyM , those are seriously Big Heads – never really followed any idols promotions ( but I did buy Adams’ CD) so that was a fun fact !

    Going back to Lee. I just listened to the longer snippets of his album in facebook. What a difference it makes compared to the first shorter snippets posted here.
    There are a bunch of equally single-worthy songs in the album like Live It Up and Me & My Jealousy (specially when the refrain builds up) amongst others. I hope he can sing some of these on his upcoming performance/show as these songs really showcase that edgy, raspy grit of his voice and represents him more.

    ETA: As I mentioned, I never followed any idols before so would like to know if it’s a norm for an idol to perform different songs during the album promotion or do they just stick to the single?

  110. I think Lee did good for his first time singing his single on national TV. He’ll get better wih practice.

    I remember Kris Allen’s Leno performance was a little rough, but nothing worse
    than I’ve heard a thousand times from far more famous bands.

    I don’t remember Kris singing on Leno. He was interviewed only with Leno.
    He was supposed to sing No Boundaries on July 2009 , but his grandma passed away, so Allison sang instead.
    He sang LLWD on Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien. And yes, Kris was nervous too I think, although not as nervous as I was watching in the audience.

  111. I’m rather thankful for my ability to simply enjoy the performance (which I did very much!) without dissecting every single aspect of it, as only an Idol-tard can do. I highly doubt anyone but Idol-tards gave it nearly that much thought. He fits right in with mainstream artists and looked like he was enjoying himself.

    This. I think it was just as good and entertaining as any musical guest on a late-night show. And I’m somewhat of an insomniac, so I’ve seen a few!

  112. Ratna 12 = This was Lee’s second appearance on Leno. His first he sang an Elton John tune (Rocket Man I think). Lee does a pretty good job, as the comments suggest, but he continues to have issues with stage presence even after the idol tour and many personal appearances.

    I liked his Slumberland straight music more than the pop singer they are trying to make him, especially this male version of a Britney Spears sounding track.

  113. I’m rather thankful for my ability to simply enjoy the performance (which I did very much!) without dissecting every single aspect of it, as only an Idol-tard can do. I highly doubt anyone but Idol-tards gave it nearly that much thought. He fits right in with mainstream artists and looked like he was enjoying himself.

    I think there is a big difference between dissecting every single aspect of a performance and what I read in most of the comments — pro, con and in between — in this thread.

    And the criticism of Lee’s appearance is really mild compared to the comments made about Kris and Adam last year — on this blog which has very respectful commenters for the most part compared to many Idol sites.

    Finally, I agree that Lee seems like a very nice person but he is a major label artist and he won Idol. Getting critically reviewed and having everything you say, do, wear or whatever else “dissected” is part of the whole package.

    Question: Can someone tell me who is managing Lee?

  114. don’t remember Kris singing on Leno. He was interviewed only with Leno.
    He was supposed to sing No Boundaries on July 2009 , but his grandma passed away, so Allison sang instead.

    Sorry, just had to ask where you got the idea he was going to sing No Boundaries on the show, ever? It was after the song was dropped from the tour setlist, and we don’t know what he was going to sing since he never did. (I think it was Heartless, though)

  115. It is part and parcel of being on an Idol blog to have appearance and performance dissected- happens every year over the past 9 years.

    This past year was Oh so mild compared to discussion of S8 and S5. Poking at a little chub or facial hair is nothing :lol:

    Fan sites are good for “oh he’s so amazing, swoon” lol. It would be boring if that was all that was said, IMO.

  116. I really enjoyed Lee’s performance if not the song so much. The whole thing made me smile(in a good way) beginning with Jay Leno saying Sweet Serendipity.

  117. I agree, but I think it’s still better than the big heads background Adam had for sleepwalker…

    ha ha funny you say this, when I was watching the performance I thought right away about when Adam did Sleepwalker….then I thought Do the do a people theme background when idols perform on Leno. Then I was searching for David Cooks appearance and Daughtry’s :lol:

  118. The first reviews are in for Lee’s album, and – not good. I’m not going to link because I don’t know if MJ has a problem with them or not, but google US magazine and Lee Dewyze. You’ll find it.

    I got nothing against Lee at all, but I’m not going to buy his music or listen to him because he’s “nice.” That’s a good reason to have a beer with someone, not plunk down money. Is he kind of dorky and pudgy? Yeah, I would say so. In a media-driven culture, I don’t think that’s a small thing. His performance last night was not bad, but he’s not trying to make his fan base happy. He’s trying to gather new ones. They’ve given him a crappy and generic single, and the fact that he can get through it without tripping is not a victory IMO. But what do I know? Maybe he’ll sell millions! Heck, I didn’t like Daughtry.

  119. Season 8-I remember it well, fat, pockmarked screechy Adam vs. that dull, balding dwarf Kris.That was my first year lurking around Idol sites and I frequently felt :( ! And Danny received a lot more bashing than the top two.
    Lee looked great last night.

  120. artemis-Not all Idols are so nice about their fellow musicians. Adam has dissed several including Gene Simmons, Susan Boyle and Clay. I doubt that there is a single Idol or musician who loves everyone and your favorite will eventually diss someone if they are around long enough.

  121. I got nothing against Lee at all, but I’m not going to buy his music or listen to him because he’s “nice.” That’s a good reason to have a beer with someone, not plunk down money.

    I agree with this but this is what people use to decide whether they support someone or not. Heck George Bush won the presidency in 2000 for this exact same reason. He was the person people felt was nice and who they could have a beer with. See what that got us. :lol:

    However Lee unlike Bush (IMHO) has loads of potential and I think he can be developed in to a very good artist. He is what I use to believe Idol was looking for in an individual, one who has raw talent and can be developed into a star. I think Lee has that potential. When I say star I don’t necessarily mean Mega-Star but a respected star that does decent and makes a good living at what he does. I hope his handlers invest the time into him. The judges and Producers seemed to think he had it otherwise I don’t think they would have supported him so much. On the other-hand the article about record labels buying and picking up artist to keep them out of the market to push the stars they want to do well….. SUCKS and Lee could get caught up into this craziness as Idol is no longer with Sony but Universal.

  122. dhunken:
    11/10/2010 at 7:29 pm
    I got nothing against Lee at all, but I’m not going to buy his music or listen to him because he’s “nice.” That’s a good reason to have a beer with someone, not plunk down money.

    I agree with this but this is what people use to decide whether they support someone or not. Heck George Bush won the presidency in 2000 for this exact same reason. He was the person people felt was nice and who they could have a beer with. See what that got us.

    Bush was a lot better than the psycho in office now. Tired of Bush bashing….sorry!

  123. One review and you dont want to buy? Wow, I have seen good reviews too! Maybe just take a listen to the clips on Lee’s FB page and make up your own mind?
    ETA: lol its one paragraph and that person doesnt even know what they are talking about, as in hasnt even listened to his SiT and Slumberland cd’s.
    ETA: your welcome, Q3

  124. Adam was just answering back after Gene Simmons and Clay dissed him first-anybody’s got a right to defend himself.I doubt Lee would let anybody push him around either-He looked exasperated when Lindsey Parker asked him if he should have sung Casey’s Jealous Guy and didn’t let himself getdrawn into a Crystal discussion.I just meant he doesn’t put people down publicly.

  125. That was a review, not reviews plural. I’m sure we will see plenty more reviews coming in. Also I buy a CD based on the music or singer that I like, not based on what some reviewer says.

  126. US Magazine gave the album 1 1/2 stars. Not a great start but most people don’t buy music because of reviews in tabloid magazines. However the reviewer called S9 the dullest season of Idol ever. Who could argue with that?

  127. I’m not trying to discount US Magazine because frankly they’ve heard the whole album and I haven’t (Although I have heard “Me and My Jealousy” and it’s more Coldplay/Snow Patrol than David Cook, so yeah) but this was also the magazine that told me that Jennifer Aniston was pregnant 5 years ago and the magazine that gave Kesha glowing reviews. There are going to be bad reviews, there are going to be good reviews, I don’t really think taking what one of them says and running with it is all that wise. It sort of reminds me of that line in Almost Famous where they discuss ROlling Stones trashing every album Zepellin made and trashing “Layla” (whether or not that’s true or not, I don’t know, I wasn’t alive lol) It’s all a YMMV situation. Anybody who buys their music, watches their movies/television shows, etc. based on what other people say anyway should prolly not be enjoying these things anyway.

    ETA: I have read other reviews, the US Weekly one isn’t the first one, it’s not the 1st bad review, and there have been good reviews as well. So far, the ones I have read, it’s about even, but the ones that have been positive are glowing and the ones that are negative are much like the US Weekly one…. which makes it all the more clear that these things are just opinions.

  128. Apparently Adam does put people down publicly. Adam does a lot of dumb stuff and always there are excuses from him and his fans. There is never a good reason for mocking Susan Boyle on the radio and Gene Simmons is entitled to think that Adam’s voice isn’t a rock voice and Clay is entitled to an opinion about Adam’s performance of Ring of Fire. Striking out at Susan or striking back is just childish.

    Regarding buying or not buying over one review. I use reviews as just a guideline. If I like the artist’s voice – I will buy the album whether the review is good or bad. Some reviewers don’t even listen to the CD and do a copy/paste from another site.

  129. Regarding buying or not buying over one review. I use reviews as just a guideline. If I like the artist’s voice – I will buy the album whether the review is good or bad. Some reviewers don’t even listen to the CD and do a copy/paste from another site.

    I do this too, if I went just by reviews I would of missed a lot of good music, movies and books! Also some reviewers are already bias toward the show, people on the show. I agree with the copy and paste, I have seen that before!

  130. OvenMitt:
    11/10/2010 at 11:53 am
    As someone who’s not really a Lee fan, I think he did a pretty good job. I’m not jumping up and down, but it was a solid performance. I still don’t think he’s got that “it” factor, though. There’s just a missing connection or something.

    Cosigning this.

  131. Music is very subjective and people all have their own preferences. Does that mean the music they don’t like is bad? That’s the m.o. for the critics, if they don’t like the person or the music then it must be bad? What qualifies a critic?–a job with a magazine? A person in the industry who didn’t make it themselves? Any of us could write like a critic, and most often do on blogs and websites like this.

    I’m not going to criticize Lee’s performance, appearance, or personality based on the Leno show. I don’t care for the song and sorry to see that’s the song chosen for the first single. I wish Lee good luck. Maybe enough others will enjoy the song to make it a hit.

  132. Slezak posted his review of “Live It Up”. His take on the album is essentially the same as US Magazine. I hope Lee’s fans aren’t fazed by bad reviews, because you’ll be seeing a lot of them in the coming days.

  133. Not fazed by Slezak’s review at all. He never gives an unbiased review. We all know he was a Crystal fan.

  134. My only problem with some of these reviews are the ones that come from the Idol bloggers, the Slezaks, the Parkers, the Cantiellos. They’re essentially everyone on this blog with a paycheck. Slezak giving Lee a good review would’ve required Beatles like amazingess and anybody who didn’t see a snarky, negative review from him, doesn’t know his history with Lee or Crystal. (I direct you to his Twitter background)The other ones, ok cool, you didn’t like the CD. That doesn’t bother me, just as much as the ones who seem to love it don’t make me jump up and down glueing them to my wall with every good word highlighted.(I.E. the one who said it was the best debut CD of 2010, yes this does exist in print and no I don’t believe anybody actually believes that.Again, goes to show that music is subjective and harping on reviews is sort of stupid (even if I just did in this post :) )

  135. I can only speak for myself but I don’t give a crap if I read a negative review about Lee. Isn’t that kind of the idea of being a fan? You get addicted for one reason or other, and even defensive at times, for your chosen idol favorite(s) regardless of other opinions. For me, when I read negative things it kind of reaffirms for me why I’m on the Lee-train. When someone says Lee’s voice isn’t anything special, I can find something in his voice that makes him unique. When someone says he looks schluppy, I can find pictures that prove the contrary in my eyes. When someone complains about his lack of charisma, I think of the countless people who go crazy when they meet him for just two seconds. When someone says he has no personality, I think of his sense of humor on twitter and his interaction with fans. Nobody can wave a negative review/criticism/whatever in my face and think I will take it to heart. I love diversity of opinion and all that jazz, but I certainly won’t let anything burst my bubble, pee in my cheerios, or rain on my parade.

  136. A reviewer, Chad Grischow at IGN music website reviewed Live it Up today and rated it a 7 out of 10. So not all the reviews are going to be negative. His favorite was Brookyn Bridge, but he also really liked Dear Isabelle, Me and My Jealousy, A Song about You and Beautiful Like You.

  137. I’m no Lee fan, but I agree that I don’t put stock in any Idol Bloggers review/opinion like Slezak, Parker, Jim C (although he gets a pass for being so hilarious:lol:)- they are all just big fanboys/girls and don’t seem any more objective than us peeps here. IMO Slezak gets good interviews, but is horribly biased on his blogs, reviews.

    Brian Mansfield is the only one I partially respect for their opinion. Yes, I know he favors country, but his reviews try to be fair and he has actually attended concerts and tried to be fair/positive. He’s not quite so obvious in his fanboy status, and seems more professional, to the point of bringing us statistics.

  138. IMO Slezak gets good interviews, but is horribly biased on his blogs, reviews.

    I agree. It used to be entertaining, but the last few years he’s gotten over-the-top. He’s just kind of fanatical in his bias. And let’s face it, he’s fangirled over Fantasia, Melinda, Alison and Crystal. Crystal’s success is yet to be seen, but the other 3? I happen to really love all 3, but they weren’t exactly the most successful idols. Slezak’s opinion just doesn’t mean anything to me any more.

  139. Given Slezak’s biased history of reviews and opinions of Lee, it does not surprise me at all.
    What he says does not faze nor bother me a bit.

    Indigobunting: Slezak, Parker, Jim C (although he gets a pass for being so hilarious:lol:)- they are all just big fanboys/girls and don’t seem any more objective than us peeps here.

    Well said. They are just like you and me – A person with his/her own opinion.

    That said, being a Lee fan, it is heartwarming to see that there are non-fans in this post that has given Lee some positive and encouraging feedback.

  140. I thought Kid Rock said it best when he was commenting on Steven Tyler and AI – The interviewer asked Kid Rock if he would like to be seen by 30 million people that watch AI, and Kid Rock replyed that he would rather impress the other 270 million Americans that don’t watch AI.
    My point is that when it comes to reviews, I would rather read one from a non AI critic/blogger than the ones we know are already biased towards their favorite. As if their opinion holds any sort of weight with Idol fans of their non favorites.
    Billboard gave Lee’s CD a very positive review – that is the one that has relevance in my opinion. The rest are purely amusement and of very little value.

  141. It’s fine as a fan to ignore the reviews that aren’t positive, but it’s not like the casual reader of EW or US magazine is going to delve deeply into the psyche of the reviewer. They may just say: “That last Idol winner? Hmm. Album kinda bites. Whatevs.” And move on because giving a nice guy a chance is not on their Christmas list. I’m just sayin’.

    I think the idea of bias is not all that true, hell, MJ has been accused of bias and she’s the most open-handed blogger out there, IMO. But it’s just possible that Lee’s CD is not going to be earth-shaking, and that he’s not going to do that well. He’s not even cracked the top 100 on Amazon which is not a very good sign. So I’m not saying it’s likely, I’m saying it’s POSSIBLE. In which case, the earth will continue to turn. :) I plan to listen to the live stream, but so far it feels kind of watered down, and listening to Lee speak in an interview is worth two Ambien. Heh.

  142. The band looks good, almost to good, my eyes were drawn more to the guitarist than Lee.

    There’s a shot of his lead guitarist at about 2:57 that stopped me in my tracks. Whoa! what a cutie.

    I liked this version of the song better than the recorded one. Someone turned the auto-tune machine off, which was a very good move.

  143. I think people will draw their own conclusions regardless of what the reviewers say. Lee’s hardcore fans will buys his music and hopefully he will get more fans outside of idol.

    Same goes for movie reviews, I never listen to the reviews, otherwise I would have missed out on alot of really good movies.

  144. I’m not going to generalize and discount all reviews because people do read them and form opinions based off of them. That said, a review calling music generic is every bit as lazy as the claim they are trying to make. I never understood why anyone who dares lean towards rock music is upheld to a much stricter standard where they have to be the second coming of Jimmy Hendrix to impress the listeners when pop music just has to be light and sunny with a fun beat to be worthwhile. So with that in mind I do take reviews with a grain of salt, as should anyone who bases their purchase decisions off of them. Lee doesn’t have to reinvent music to put out decent product, it is irrelevant if his style is similar to others as long as he is true to himself which I firmly believe he has been on this album.

  145. Listening to the songs on Facebook gives a whole different perspective on the album. That is all the “review” that I need. Can’t wait to get the album and see which ones I end up listening to the most!

  146. He’s cute. He reminds me of Kris Allen. But he seems a little more street-wise. Kinda has a Danny Gokey thing going. Very nice.

    That was really good. :)

  147. I agree that Slezak has lost his magic some time ago. I used to like him very much but I don’t consider his opinion anymore now. And we all know he wasn’t a Lee fan.

    I’m not a Lee fan per say either but I thought he did well (even if I don’t like SS). In fact I want him to do well, I want his CD to do well and I’m sure I’m going to download a couple of his songs on his up-coming album. I like his pre-idol stuff a lot.

    And the band was real fun to watch too.

  148. Lee did a good job. Putting aside a little nerves I think with practice he’ll get better. I am not crazy about SS or a huge fan but I like the tone of his voice. I don’t see him as a rocker at all or any of the idols for that matter, they all to soft for me. I like my rockers as bad boys, rebels. He’ll do great on HAC radio like most of the Idols. He does give me that Snow Patrol vibe which are a great Pop/Rock band. I think he’ll do fine.

  149. anovich: Sorry, just had to ask where you got the idea he was going to sing No Boundaries on the show, ever? It was after the song was dropped from the tour setlist, and we don’t know what he was going to sing since he never did. (I think it was Heartless, though)

    You are completely right, anovich.
    I just assumed it was supposed to be NoBo. Of course back then I haven’t found MJ, so I did not know every single detail.
    And because of my need of more Kris, I found this place. Thanks MJ.

    I found this from back then.

    girlygirl:
    07/14/2009 at 10:39 am
    I saw on another thread that one of the members in the tour band had tweeted that Kris was going to perform “Heartless” on Conan, and that they were still working out what Allison would perform in his place.

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