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American Idol viewers were treated to a pair of surprises last night:

  1. No finalist was eliminated.
  2. Lee DeWyze performed on the results show.

No, seriously! That guy is still around!

And while Lee's career has gone the way of most White Guys with a Guitar who have recently won the competition, his rendition Thursday evening of "Silver Lining" wasn't terrible.

Watch now and try to decide if Candice Glover or whomever wins Season 12 will have a brighter future:

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We didn't see this feud coming.

Just hours after the season finale of American Idol, producer Nigel Lythgoe called out season nine winner Lee DeWyze for not appearing on stage and handing the trophy to Scotty McCreery.

Lee's response to the accusation that he snubbed the show? No one asked him until the final moments.

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But now Lythgoe has fired back again, basically calling DeWyze a liar. He Tweeted today: “True, he wasn’t asked to sing, but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy [to the new Idol] a week before.”

The producer then said he didn't "wish to continue" this feud, but it's safe to assume DeWyze will reply to this charge.

Whose side are you on in this controversy?

 

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UPDATE: Lee has simply Tweeted: "I respect the decisions made for the finale, and hope alls well that ends well."

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In the wake of Scotty McCreery's American Idol triumph, the country is asking multiple questions today?

  1. Did he deserve to win? It's debatable.
  2. Are Lauren and Scotty dating? No.
  3. Did Lee DeWyze snub the show last night? Sort of.

Typically, the previous winner ends up on the stage to congratulate the new champ and hand him/her a trophy. But DeWyze was seated in the fifth row at the finale, and Ryan Seacrest never even mentioned his name.

What happened?

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According to producer Nigel Lythgoe, DeWyze refused to be a good sport. The producer Tweeted today: "I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he's been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy."

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Lee DeWyze returned to the stage that made him famous last night.

The season nine American Idol champion, whose album sales have been less than stellar, performed a new single ("Beautiful Like You") and offered advice to the remaining finalists: "Just remember why you tried out in the first place. You guys are fine, no matter what happens."

Inspiring words... and an impressive performance? You tell us:

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It was a slow, but steady rise to the top for Lee DeWyze.

But it all paid off tonight, as the laid back rocker with the sexy, scratchy voice was crowned season nine champion on American Idol!

DeWyze peaked at the ideal time, bringing the crowd and judges to their feet with his recent rendition of "Hallelujah" last week. He then carried that momentum into the finale and defeated a worthy competitor, Crystal Bowersox.

On the Finale

A choked-up DeWyze accepted Ryan Seacrest's congratulations after the announcement and proceeded to sing his cover of "Beautiful Day," which will soon hit radio stations around the country.

Relive Lee's Idol journey below...

  • Covering The Boxer
  • The Two Finalists
  • Final Six
  • Inspiring Viewers
  • Final 7 Pose
  • Making DeWyze Choice

Did Lee deserve to win?

 

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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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Fans will ultimately have the final say, but to THG, Michael Lynche and Lee DeWyze stood out most on American Idol Tuesday. The judges were certainly impressed.

In fact, Simon Cowell said that it was his cover of India.Arie's "Ready for Love" that finally made him a credible artist in his eyes. For the surly Brit, that's saying a lot.

Slowing things down with an acoustic guitar, Big Mike sounded great and wowed the panel and audience alike. We're pretty sure the voters will turn out for this, too.

Here's Michael Lynche singing "Ready For Love" ...

Lee DeWyze also made a statement last night, perhaps propelling himself to contender status with a soulful, raspy, powerhouse rendition of "Treat Her Like a Lady."

"This was the night your life may have changed forever," Simon said. Again, high praise from the man. Follow the jump to see Lee do his version of the classic ...

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The 11 finalists all gave it their best shot, but performances by Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze stood out the most on Tuesday night's American Idol.

Showing why she's been a favorite to become the ninth American Idol winner since her first audition, Crystal channeled her inner Janis Joplin last night.

Bowersox's performance of "Me & Bobby McGee," mentored by none other than Miley Cyrus, is even being called better than the original by some fans.

That may be a stretch ... or is it? Check it out and see ...

Once again, socks were knocked off by Crystal Bowersox. Some weeks, it's like she's in a class by herself and everyone else is angling to be runner-up.

Lee DeWyze held his own Tuesday, however. In one of the night's top covers of Billboard #1 hits, the Chicago product rocked the Box Tops' "The Letter."

Follow the jump to see Lee's performance of the song ...

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After asking American Idol semifinalists to take down their MySpace, YouTube and Facebook pages, it looks like Fox has lightened up a bit.

In the video below, Andrew Garcia, Alex Lambert and Lee Dewyze thank fans for all their love and support, while also giving out the contestants' updated addresses on the aforementioned social networks, along with Twitter.

Enjoy the gracious-filled greetings below and sound off on which male you want to see in the finals:

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While everyone has been assuming a female will come out on top of American Idol this season, the ladies left the door open for the men last night, didn't they?

It's very early, but no woman stood out on the first live performance show of the year.

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Two singers very happy about this development? Jermaine Sellers and Lee DeWyze. The crooners will take the stage this evening, along with 10 other men, and aim to impress all four judges and all 30 million people watching from home.

Sellers is a professional church singer and takes care of his ailing mother. She's been diagnosed with Spina Bifida.

DeWyze, meanwhile, wasn't seen very often during the initial Hollywood rounds. He hails from Mount Prospect, Illinois.

Compare the hopefuls and then vote below in our poll:

Who will go farther this season?

 

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