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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:

Halleljuah Rendition

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…