Lee DeWyze: American Idol Hopeful

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We're one week away from American Idol taking its show to Hollywood.

Next Tuesday, Ellen DeGeneres debuts as a permanent judge and we already know of at least one singer she'll be critiquing: Lee DeWyze.

This soulful singer auditioned in Chicago and hauls from Mount Prospect, Illinois. DeWyze has enjoyed a moderately successful career so far, fronting The Lee DeWyze Band and specializing in acousting guitar.

He released a rock album titled "Slumberland" last year.

The smooth crooner once said his goal is to relate to fans:

"I want a connection with my audience in the sense that any song I do reminds them of a specific moment in their lives - not mine."

How selfless! So far, DeWyze and Andrew Garcia represent our favorite male semifinlists on the show. Below, you can listen to a single by the former and judge his chances on American Idol.

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hi lee your voice is so amazing!!!! I LOVE IT!!

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Lee u are so amazing everytime i listen to anything u song i get goosbumps all over u are so talented and u truley are an amasing singer!!!! U are going to win this like simon says u are defnitly n it to win it U ROCK!!!!!

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i think i'm in love with you Lee!

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lee is very Good. I have nothing to say but Awnsome

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Both of his albums are amazing! Check out "Flower Child" for his first album....it's awesome :)

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You're SO frikkin good. Definitely my favorite. Marry me please?

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I absolutely loveeeeeeee Lee! His voice is amazing & he is definately handsomeeee! (:

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What's this song he sang last with the voice of an angel.. or similar.

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Dewyse is good ! So is Andrew Garcia. Casey James isn't just playing chords on the electric guitar but he could play in any rock band and his voice is good too.

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wow....me along with everyone I work with and friends with are big big fans of Lee Dewyze !! He's on FIRE!!! #1

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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