Lee DeWyze vs. Crystal Bowersox For American Idol

I don’t normally write about American Idol here, but I thought I’d take a minute since the final 2 were announced last night and one of them is a hometown guy and actually a really good friend of a friend of mine. It was announced last night that Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowersox will battle it out for the crown of American Idol next week and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be Lee on top. Now I’m not saying that just cause he’s from the Chicago area or that he’s a friend of a friend, but for the fact that he’s just plain better than Crystal.

When the season first started I would have picked Andrew Garcia to win it all based on his initial popularity and the comparisons to Danny Gokey from the previous season, but he kind of choked under the pressure and got eliminated. Once he was gone I thought for sure it would be Crystal Bowersox winning it all. I thought she was a great singer and pretty consistent for most of the opening rounds and people seemed to like her style, I really didn’t even think Lee was in the running for top 12.

After Lee gained a little bit of confidence he just exploded out of the gate and shot miles ahead of Crystal in every way possible. Crystal has had a few rough weeks lately and while the judges still seemed to say good things about her, they absolutely praised Lee week after week (minus a week or 2). And I have to say that Crystal has just become boring to me where as Lee has really come into his own and shown that he’s become a much better singer and person since the competition started.

Now a lot of people will argue that the talent this year hasn’t been up to par with previous season, but I would beg to differ. If anyone thinks Adam Lambert is good and was going to have a huge career ahead of him, you’re crazy. It’s like nails on a chalkboard listening to him sing and even the winner, Kris Allen, while a good singer, doesn’t really have that star quality to him. I thought for sure Danny Gokey would have made it further than Kris Allen, but apparently the people that voted thought differently. I would even go so far as to argue that Crystal is a much better singer than both Kris Allen and Adam Lambert and that Lee DeWyze is a better singer than Crystal, but that’s just my opinion. I know a lot of people like those other guys and think they are much better singers, but to my ears that’s how it is.

Another thing that sways me towards Lee is his attitude compared to Crystal. He’s so down to earth and humble it’s actually kind of nice to see. I know it was a problem in the beginning because that sort of attitude came to the stage with him and showed that lack of confidence, but there’s also such a thing as too much confidence and that’s when it starts to border on arrogance. And that’s kind of how I feel about Crystal these days. She’s a good singer, but all the little quips back at the judges when they make remarks and always having to have the last word are a huge turn off to the point where last night we had to fast forward through her talking because it was just annoying, and I think that’s going to be her downfall. Well, that and the fact that Lee already has this thing in the bag. He could literally come out on stage on Tuesday and say thank you, not sing, and still win this competition, people just seem to like him more. And good for him, he deserves it.

Normally I don’t watch American Idol past the audition episodes because I don’t really care to see the actual singers perform, I find it boring, but I stuck with it this season to see if a hometown person could win it and there were actually 2 that made the top 24, and now we have Lee in the finals (and the winner) so I’m glad I stuck it out.

So who do you think is going to win the whole thing, Lee or Crystal?

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