Lee DeWyze’s “Beautiful Day”: Hear The Recorded Single Version

Scruffy-faced rocker Lee DeWyze was crowned the winner of American Idol less than 24 hours ago, and already his “Beautiful Day” single has shot into the Top 10 on iTunes (as of this morning it’s at #8). After his first performance of the song on Tuesday night’s episode, we noted that DeWyze just doesn’t have Bono’s tenor range to pull the cover of U2′s Grammy-winning jam off that effectively. Anyway, we’ll leave the verdict on Lee’s final recorded version up to you. Head below to listen to “Beautiful Day,” as well as Crystal Bowersox’s single, “Up To The Mountain.”

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We will say it could always have been worse—Lee could have been stuck with a Kara DioGuardi-penned original dirge. (“No Boundaries,” anyone?)

Here’s Crystal’s recorded version of Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain.”

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Both are available on iTunes now. Which one—if any—is getting your buck 29?

  • http://www.fanpop.com/fans/CullenProperty Kali the beLEEver

    Lee DeWyze, the paint salesman from Chicago did it! He’s on the top of the world right now, so exstatic, so happy, so thankful & compltely shocked. His life has changed for the better, everything is going to be so much different from him now. He’s already a superstar, what with his scruffy-face and beautiful, soulful voice, he’s the champion. And all with a little help from his friends, his fans & his family, he’s done it; He’s accomplished the American dream. Good luck with everything you do, Lee! I love you!

  • Jay

    Lee’s cover is not good at all. Absolutely no emotion whatsoever. He looks so bored when he sings. Crystal was absolutely robbed. Looks over talent was the story for this season of American Idol.

  • Renee

    Crystal is a more seasoned performer and had better arrangements. Lee’s arrangements (not his voice) were lacking and too short; but Lee has more undeveloped potential and a much more pleasant voice. Crystal’s voice can get a bit annoying. Her duet with Alanis Moriset showed that Crystal’s voice is powerful, but not as pretty as Alanis’. Give Lee some time and he will get better and better. His voice is unique and very pleasant.

  • Robyn

    I love Lee’s cover a lot, he did a really good job. I think that Lee deserved to win because he has a lot of talent and throughout this season of American Idol, he grew as an artist tremendously. Personally, I think that Crystal’s voice isn’t even comparable to Lee’s and it can get quite annoying sometimes.

    And in reply to :”Lee could have gotten stuck with a Kara DioGuardi-penned original dirge. (”No Boundaries,” anyone?)”
    That is a very disrespectful thing to say. Kara is an amazing song writer and has written so many of my favorite songs. I have been a fan of Kara’s for a long time and I’m glad that she’s had so much recognition through of American Idol because she truly deserves it.

  • Saba Mitchell

    This is one of the only times on Idol that i have seen two talented artist in the Finals and it was not some big popularity contest.

    Congrats to Lee On winning American Idol You deserve it

  • Dan

    Neither of them will go anywhere so why does it matter? They are both boring as bricks.

  • Anna

    He sounds awful! Worst winner ever!

  • August

    Lee BLOWS BONO AWAY! Good Job Lee!

  • Jengx2

    Ageed! It doesnt really matter who wins. Making it into the top 10 in AI is an accomplishment already but its what the contestant does with their opps from here forth is what counts. In any case America has decided – Lee you are a champ!

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