Lee DeWyze Wins Judges Over on "Idol"

In this publicity image released by Fox, Lee DeWyze performs on the singing competition series "American Idol," April 27, 2010 in Los Angeles. AP/Fox

With the finale just a week away, all eyes are on Lee DeWyze.

The 24-year-old from Mount Prospect, Illinois, finished on top after singing two songs, one picked by judge Simon Cowell and the other picked by himself, on Tuesday night's episode of "American Idol."

DeWyze picked to sing "Simple Man" by Lynyrd Skynryd that was deemed as a brilliant song choice by the judges. Later, Cowell had DeWyze sing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." His performance was a crowd pleaser and exuded confidence. It was well accepted by the audience and all the judges. Randy Jackson thought it was unbelievable and Ellen DeGeneres said it was stunning.

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"I'm very, very proud of you. You proved you are a fantastic singer -- I really hope you make it to next week," Cowell said after DeWyze thanked him for his song choice.

Crystal Bowersox didn't fall too behind from DeWyze. After receiving mediocre reviews from her first performance to Melissa Etheridge's "Come Through My Window," Bowersox proved she was back in the game after singing to Ellen's pick,"Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney.

"You just proved that you got soul -- you worked outside of your comfort zone and after that you will be thanking Ellen for putting you in the final," Cowell said.

The judges weren't too thrilled with Casey James' performances on Tuesday night. Judge Kara DioGuardi was hoping to see more of James' vulnerable side, but the finalist fell short after singing to DioGuardi's and Jackson's pick John Mayer's "Daughters."

We will find out on Wednesday night who will be axed by the voters and which two will be competing in next week's finale episode.
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