Lee, whose debut album drops this October, is really showing the world why deserved to win American Idol, and it’s baffling to us why we’re just now discovering how good a singer he is. During the competition, Lee’s vocals were all over the place, but almost all of his live performances since have been spot on. We hated his coronation song “Beautiful Day” on the finale—but we adored his live version of the U2 hit, switching up the melody and making the song his own.
And we already loved “Hallelujah” when we first heard it during the Top 3 week, but this simple, subtle version is even better without the band and the backup choir overpowering him. Well done, DeWyze!
Who we are not praising is Elisabeth Hasselbeck, whose first question to Lee is if it’s sunk in yet that he won American Idol. Um, he won like, two months ago and has since appeared on dozens of TV shows and made hundreds of interviews, all talking about him winning Idol. We think it’s sunk in by now, Elisabeth.