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    Not certain if I should put this in Media thread or here. I put it here because this is from Lee's home town paper with lots of links to additional Lee coverage.


    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=380625

    Where will Lee be six months from now? Success not guaranteed
    By Jamie Sotonoff | Daily Herald Staff

    Not everyone who finishes in the top three of "American Idol" becomes a Carrie Underwood, a Kelly Clarkson or a Chris Daughtry.

    Season 5 winner Taylor Hicks is currently in Cleveland, starring in a touring production of "Grease." Season 1 third place finisher Nikki McKibbin became a drug addict - a downward spiral she partially attributed to criticism she got from Idol judge Simon Cowell - but got clean in 2008 on VH1's reality TV show, "Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew."

    Season 4 third place finisher Vonzell Solomon just finished a run with "The Wizard of Oz" in Lubbock, Texas.

    So what will become of Lee DeWyze's career after Idol? Will he soon hold an armful of Grammy Awards, or will his white-hot music career go into a Spinal Tap-ish free fall?

    DeWyze's fans are confident he'll be a big star, and vow to download his albums and buy tickets to his concerts long after the Idol spotlight fades.

    Others who study Idol and understand the workings of the music business say post-Idol success is a tricky thing to achieve, that very few finalists or even winners have managed to pull it off.

    "(Lee's) definitely going to have a career and stick around for a few years," said Tom Breihan, of Chicago, who writes for pitchfork.com and blogs about Idol for the Village Voice in New York City.

    However, Breihan sees DeWyze as being only moderately successful - like David Cook, with a Billboard Top 100 hit or two, rather than becoming a blockbuster artist.

    "(Lee's) not an electric personality. He has this nice guy thing going for him ... so it'll all depend on what type of records he puts out," Breihan said, adding that he prefers DeWyze's R&B sound to his grunge, rock or light pop.

    "Crystal Bowersox is going to be a big star. Lee's much more of a question mark."

    Big personalities abound in the pop music business now - performers like Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Black Eyed Peas top the charts. Yet DeWyze's "every man" appeal shouldn't be underestimated, says Maura Johnston, a music industry follower who blogs about Idol for Comcast's Fancast site.

    "The one thing about Lee is that his fans are insanely devoted. Whenever I mention him in my recaps, and I don't say he was the best, A-plus-times-nine, the knives come out," Johnston said, laughing. "Lee engenders this deep devotion from fans."

    Even though Johnston likes DeWyze, she says it doesn't mean she'll automatically buy his first post-Idol album.

    That's a problem for Idol finalists, Johnston says: They can't record a CD until after they're done with their national tour. So by the time they release their first CD, fans' devotion can fade.

    "There's a certain element of the Idol audiences that's vested enough to call and text vote," Johnston said. "But once time passes - and it's usually at least six months between the end of Idol and the release of their first album - a lot of it's gone away. They've moved on to someone else."

    If there was a way for DeWyze to rush-release an album while he's still an Idol sweetheart, he should, Johnston said.

    Regardless of whether he wins or loses, DeWyze has mixed his last gallon for Mount Prospect Paint.

    The New York Times recently reported that American Idol finalists who finish in the Top 5 are likely to earn close to $100,000 from the show - and three to four times that if the Idol producers sign them to a record deal.

    Not everyone sees DeWyze achieving superstardom. Dave Della Terza, the suburban Chicago resident who created the snarky and popular Idol blog, votefortheworst.com, described DeWyze as "likable" but not a superstar. (He declines to publicly reveal what suburb he lives in, because he's had death threats from Idol fans in the past).

    "Chris Daughtry was the last real success from that show, and that was, what, four or five years ago? (Lee's) odds aren't looking too good," Della Terza said.

    "The best you can hope for Lee is that he gets a hit on an adult contemporary station. (The Idol finalists) think they have fans of all ages ... but they don't realize that Idol's fan block is middle-aged women."

    Della Terza, who regularly discusses Idol on The Howard Stern Show, says rabid Idol fans can hurt their favorite singer by alienating him to the music industry when they act ridiculously and annoy radio stations with their demands.

    He cited Clay Aiken's fans, saying they feel like they own his career.

    "(Lee's fans) will either kill his career, or he might be lucky, like a Carrie Underwood," he said. "But it's probably not going to happen."

    Johnston is more optimistic.

    "If he wins, he'll be remembered," she said. "And I think he's going to win."
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    Re: Lee Dewyze Season 9

    Whatever success Lee has in music would be an improvement over working in the paint store. The comments made about some earlier Idols, like Taylor doing a Broadway national tour, are out of line since that doesn't quite line up with Nikki's addiction problems. Lots of Idols are in the music business doing things they would not be doing without Idol. The artificial expectation that each and every one of them will be selling out stadiums is similar to listening to Simon and his current/ relevant comments.

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    Re: Lee Dewyze Season 9

    Quote Originally Posted by ibot2much;3903130;
    Whatever success Lee has in music would be an improvement over working in the paint store. The comments made about some earlier Idols, like Taylor doing a Broadway national tour, are out of line since that doesn't quite line up with Nikki's addiction problems. Lots of Idols are in the music business doing things they would not be doing without Idol. The artificial expectation that each and every one of them will be selling out stadiums is similar to listening to Simon and his current/ relevant comments.
    I agree. Not everyone will be a "big star", its a matter of getting your foot in the door doing what you love.
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    Well. I do think that the article makes a point - that even though Idol trades in the fantasy of creating a star, finalists should adjust their expectations for the real world.

    However, I also add an entertainment industry truism coined by screenwriter William Goldman. (Mr. Goldman was talking specifically about the movie business, but I think it applies equally well to the recording industry.)

    "Nobody knows anything."

    Nobody can tell you in advance who will the the star and who will be the flop. True, people are paid large sums of money to make these kind of judgments, so make them they do. But the magic of mega-hit records is hard to predict. Two years ago, what would look like the surer bet: Jordin Sparks and Melinda Doolittle, or Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga?

    Part of the problem is the market is fickle and it's hard to know what people will want a year from now. Another part is that we know well what worked in the past, but it's hard to imagine what the next game-changing artist is going to be.

    I think the best you can do is to find talent and help it grow. But whether the market will respond is another matter altogether. But real talent will mature and survive, even though it may take years. For example, Bo Bice probably doesn't fit in the "successful" category for this author, but I fully expect that eventually Bo will find a way to break through, because he's talented and disciplined enough to keep at it.

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    Re: Lee Dewyze Season 9

    My Comcast homepage printed the big story of Lee's enthusiastic homecoming which I thought was interesting, yet had nothing on the other two contestants

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    Re: Lee Dewyze Season 9

    What a great night he had. Fantastic. Loved both songs and he seems more comfortable on the stage.
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    Thanks for these. Lee was awesome last night.

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    Re: Lee Dewyze Season 9

    Think it must have done Lee a world of good to see the fans turn out for his trip home. Boosted his self-confidence.

    Here's wishing the Lee and Crystal final a lot of us have been wanting to see will come to fruition.
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