American Idol Performance of the Week: Lee DeWyze

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Lee DeWyze threw down the real gauntlet, according to Randy Jackson.

His rendition of "Hallelujah" was simply stunning, said Ellen DeGeneres.

The singer is the heart of the show, gushed Kara DioGuardi.

And Simon Cowell went as far as to refer to Lee as a "great person."

What prompted all this praise? DeWyze's dominance during the most recent performance night of American Idol. Watch him take a rocker's edge to this classic single below:

Viewers also watched DeWyze go home and perform in Illinois over the weekend, where he threw out the first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game, while also entertaining fans in Skokie...

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Lee has touched my soul, I think he is the best American Idol ever

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I've been pulling for Lee since Top 12, and I hope he wins. He has come so far and is now so very good. Whether he wins or not, I can't wait to see him live and buy his album.

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Question: What is the difference between this guy and a typical coffee shop performer? Answer: a coffee shop Question: What is the difference between Ellen Degeneres and a muppet? Answer: the muppet usually has a guy's hand up it's ass.