Lee DeWyze was announced the 2010 American Idol Winner Wednesday night, May 26, on the season 9 finale.
“Oh my God,” Lee DeWyze said with tears in his eyes after Ryan Seacrest announced he was the winner.
When Ryan asked he felt he replied, “I don’t know. This is amazing. Thank you guys so much for everything. Thank you, thank you, thank you guys so much, everybody, I can’t believe this…Crystal, I love you,” he added, hugging Crystal Bowersox, the 24-year-old Idol runner-up.
“I’m just happy, man,” Lee said. “I’m so happy right now. I’ve never been happier in my life.”
He then sang “Beautiful Day” – and a beautiful day it was indeed for once paint store clerk Lee DeWyze of Mount Prospect, Illinois.
Ryan Seacrest said earlier in the show that the winner had won by only 2%, which had to be some comfort to the uniquely talented Crystal Bowersox.
Check out this clip of Lee DeWyze winning American Idol 2010.
Not only was the winner of season 9 announced – it was also the farewell show for Simon Cowell. All past American Idol winners took the stage to sing him a farewell song. Even former American Idol judge Paula Abdul returned to wish him well, saying that working with Simon Cowell gave her “immeasurable joy.”
“I’ve loved all the fun we had together. ‘American Idol’ is not going to be the same without you,” she said.
When Simon Cowell got on stage for his official goodbye, he got a little teary-eyed saying, “I didn’t think I would be this emotional, but I genuinely am.”
Many noticed that last year’s runner-up Adam Lambert and season seven winner Davis Cook were not present on the American Idol finale.
Adam Lambert was apparently not asked to perform but was offered a seat in the audience. Lambert declined saying he was too busy preparing for his tour to sit in the audience.
Lambert explained via Twitter: “Would have loved 2 have been at the Idol Finale to wish Simon farewell and support the finalists, but this tour for my fans is my priority,” Lambert added. “was put on vocal rest yesterday from MY show’s rehearsals which doubled the work 2 do 2day since all equip. had 2 be sent back east tonight.”
David Cook was apparently at a charity event in his hometown of Kansas City.
It was a star-studded night on the American Idol Finale with performances from great legends and current chart-toppers.
The show opened with this season’s top 12 performing “School’s Out” dressed in school uniforms with Alice Cooper joining them on stage.
Runner-up Crystal Bowersox performed a duet with Alanis Morissette and Casey James, who made the top 3, performed with “Celebrity Apprentice” winner Bret Michaels. The crowd cheered to see Bret Michaels on stage considering his recent health battles. He didn’t look like a man that just suffered a stroke just a week ago.
Other performances included Christina Aguilera, Hall & Oates, the Bee Gees, Michael McDonald and Joe Cocker.
The final, and possibly best performance of the night, was Janet Jackson. Jackson began with the ballad “Nothing” and then transitioned into her hit “Nasty Boys”.