20 Things You Didn’t Know About Lee DeWyze

Get to know Lee DeWyze with these quick and easy to remember fun facts!  We thought you all should get to know the man behind the music!  I mean, he did win Season Nine of American Idol… so that makes him a big deal, right?

Right!

1. When Was Lee DeWyze Born?

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Lee DeWyze was born on April 2, 1986, making him 25 years old! It’s a good thing he wasn’t born the day before.  He may have had a slightly tougher childhood…

2. Was Lee DeWyze A Good Student?

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It’s a good thing Lee made it into the music business because growing up, he was quite the troublemaker in high school!  He attended Prospect High School in Mount Prospect, Illinois until senior year, as a result of one too many detentions. What a bad kid!

3. What College/University did Lee DeWyze Attend?

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I guess it’s only girls that go to college to get more knowledge because Lee’s education ended after high school.  He never graduated from high school, but he eventually got his GED!

4. Who Are Lee DeWyze’s Musical Influences

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Lee definitely has an eclectic taste in music!  Some of his musical influences include Cat Stevens, Ben Harper, Eric Clapton, and Simon & Garfunkel. You can definitely hear some of these artists in his music, so cool!

5. What is Lee DeWyze’s Family Like?’

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Every time we read about a celebrity, it is rare that we read about celebrities that came from somewhat “normal families.”

Well, there is a first time for everything. DeWyze grew up with a mother, father, two older sisters, and a younger brother.

AWWW wouldn’t that make a cute family photo?

6. What Jobs Did Lee DeWyze Have Growing Up?

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Lee definitely did not grow up with a silver spoon in his mouth. His previous jobs include work as a paint salesman and a trading floor clerk at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

7. Did Lee DeWyze Ever Produce Music Before Idol?

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YES! Believe it or not, Lee recorded two albums before he went on to win American Idol. His first record So I’m Told was released in 2007, and his second record, Slumberland, was released in 2010.  These albums were released on his independent record label, WuLi Records.

8. Has Lee DeWyze Ever Acted In a Movie Before?

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In 2006, Lee DeWyze added “Actor” to his resume when he joined the cast of the low-budget horror film Deadscapes: Broken Road.

Man! This guy seems to be the jack-of-all-trades!

9. What other Idol finalists did Lee DeWyze sing with during Hollywood Week?

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After being one of the lucky 13 people to make it to Hollywood from Chicago, he performed in a group during Hollywood Week.  His group included Andrew Garcia and first runner-up, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Crystal Bowersox[/lastfm].

Talk about a STACKED group!

10. Was Lee DeWyze Ever In The Bottom Three While on Idol?

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Along with Crystal Bowersox, Lee DeWyze was one of the 2 contestants on American Idol who was not ever in the bottom three during his time. He joins previous winners Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, and Jordin Sparks in achieving this feat.

11. Has Lee DeWyze Won Any Awards?

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Although it is still early in his career, he already has the support from the teenagers! Last summer, he won the Teen Choice Award for “Choice Male Reality/Variety Star!” GO LEE!

12. What Instruments Does Lee DeWyze Play?

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Lee’s vocal chords are not the only instrument that he uses on the regular! He also plays the guitar, piano, and the drums. That’s really freakin’ impressive, man!

13. What Is Lee DeWyze’s Biggest Fear?

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Don’t expect to see him bungee jumping in the Swiss Alps anytime soon! Like myself, Lee HATES heights! Cheers to staying on solid ground.

14. How Many Tattoos does Lee DeWyze Have?

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Lee currently has four tattoos: a silhouette of the Chicago flag and tree of life on his right arm, Cat Stevens song lyrics, and a Shel Silverstein illustration on his left arm.

15.  Is Lee DeWyze Single?

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Sorry, Ladies! Just last week, DeWyze announced his engagement to model/actress, Jonna Walsh. Wedding bells will start ringing in the fall of 2012.

16. What Was Lee DeWyze’s Pre-Show Ritual During His Time On Idol?

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Before every performance on American Idol, he would call his family to settle his nerves. This ritual continues for DeWyze post-Idol.

Doesn’t everyone love a family man?

17. What is Lee DeWyze Allergic To?

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Insert jealousy here! Lee DeWyze is not allergic to ANYTHING! Man, I hate this guy. No, not really.

18. What Are Lee DeWyze’s Favorite Pasttimes?

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Lee is an avid player of Scrabble and Poker!  I wonder if he is down with the newest craze in the smartphone world: Words With Friends.

I am addicted.

19. What Two Foods Does Lee DeWyze Hate?

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Be sure to hold the onions on any burger you serve Lee…he detests them.  Similarly, if dessert is being served give him any flavor of ice cream except vanilla (he doesn’t like that either).  Ok, I hate him less because I’m not a fan of vanilla either.

20. Does Lee DeWyze Own Any Pets?

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A dog is truly a mans best friend.  Lee owns an English bulldog named Capone. Awwww how cute!

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