EXCLUSIVE! Blake Lewis Is NOT A Fan Of Lee DeWyze's Thorny 'Kiss From A Rose' Performance Last Night!

Wed, May 12, 2010 3:54pm EST by 12 Comments

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Our very own American Idol judge had a problem with Lee’s rendition of “Kiss From a Rose” — but says he’ll still be around come next week.

Oh, Lee DeWyze, WHY did you choose to pick a song as big as Seal’s power ballad, “Kiss From a Rose?” Our American Idol judge, Blake Lewis, can’t figure it out!

“I wasn’t a fan,” the 28-year-old season six runner-up tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively. “[Lee] started out really weak, and the song moves around too much vocally for his range. The song was too big for him.” But don’t worry, Lee fans — Blake still thinks he’ll be back next week. “No doubt he will still be here tonight because Americans have an affinity for that scratchy rock guy sound,” he says.

So who did Blake like during movie week? Take it away, Blake!

Highlight One: Jamie Foxx was the mentor last night on AI. He did a better job than I expected. He got right in the contestant’s faces and told them what they needed to work on. Along with Harry Connick Jr., I think he gave the best advice this season so far.

Highlight Two: This was the first time on American Idol that I have seen some great duets. Lee and Crystal Bowersox were the first up singing “Falling Slowly” from the movie Once. They sounded great. If you haven’t seen it, this is an amazing movie, and the music is fantastic. Lee and Crystal did a pretty good job. I would have loved it more if it were just acoustic.

Highlight Three: The duet between Michael Lynche and Casey James was also good. Together with their dueling guitars, they sang “Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman”, to which Ellen DeGeneres replied, “Yes, I really have loved a woman”, getting many laughs from the audience. They both sounded great except for Casey going flat on a note at the end, but he made up for it with his guitar playing.

Highlight Four: The best solo performance of the night goes to Crystal. She switched up the night by doing her own take on “I’m All Right” from the movie Caddy Shack. It was a great arrangement and she sounded good. As far as the other contestants, they aren’t really stepping it up. What is up with this year?

Lowlight: Lee singing “Kiss From A Rose” by Seal. I wasn’t a fan. He started out really weak, and the song moves around too much vocally for his range. The song was too big for him. No doubt he will still be here tonight because Americans have an affinity for that scratchy rock guy sound.

Who do you think is going home? Michael or Casey?

Cheers,

Blake

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ssylvester

Posted at 10:29 PM on May 21, 2010  

a former idol trashing a fellow idol… that’s blake lewis. his latest album has sold only 10,000 copies. lee’s pre-idol albums are hot!

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Bailey Hatfield

Posted at 11:50 AM on May 16, 2010  

Lolz

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Bailey Hatfield

Posted at 11:48 AM on May 16, 2010  

How did blake not like Lee DeWyze’s performance!?!? It was amazing and Lee is so cute!!!!

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linda

Posted at 6:26 PM on May 13, 2010  

There has never been a folksy type singer as a winner on Idol yet. Could this be the year? I’m not sure it will happen but I do like Crystal way better than Lee.

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Bailey Hatfield

Posted at 11:49 AM on May 16, 2010  

Lee DeWyze is going to win, no doubt about it.

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gbtw

Posted at 6:49 PM on May 12, 2010  

i haven’t watched it all yet, but generally agree with these comments. i think it’s a bit unfair to suggest lee is only getting a pass b/c america just likes a scratchy rock voice. he deserves better than that. he has skills and heart. that said, no, he wasn’t great last night. i didn’t see the casey/mike duet yet, but am looking forward to it. i have to say, i have been wanting mike to go for some time now- and didn’t watch all of his mentoring segment (though thought rejecting the tshirt was indicative of his arrogance, not that i blamed him- foxx is kind of annoying and arrogant himself), i thought his performance was more sincere than it had been for awhile. hitting notes, whether it was a great song for his voice, etc., i can’t comment on. but, he didn’t seem to be so fake and lounge last night, and i appreciated that… even though, i still kinda want him gone tonight. i still just like casey too much to see him go even though he doesn’t seem to be showing much improvement or originality. i just love his sound/looks/personality and would like to see him hang around another week.

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gbtw

Posted at 6:51 PM on May 12, 2010  

ps- can we change this pic of blake. it really makes me not like him! LOL :)

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scarla

Posted at 5:54 PM on May 12, 2010  

“Kiss From A Rose” should have been the kiss of death for the out-of-tune (thank you Harry Connick Jr.) Lee DeWyze…I think Blake Lewis got it right….but people seem to like his frat-boy outfits and sleepy demeanor.
Jamie Foxx I could have done without…. that whole strange in your face thing was over-the-top….isn’t that what Usher did? And those stupid T-shirts…what was that about?

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gbtw

Posted at 3:06 PM on May 13, 2010  

i finally watched the episode last night, and totally agree with you re jamie foxx. not sure i understand why anyone would think he was the best mentor of the season… harry, adam, miley… alicia keyes (don’t know how she spells her name).. usher… they were all hands down better than jamie. he was annoying and over the top, at best. the shirts were dumb, and even though big mike needs to learn to take criticism, i kinda liked that he wouldn’t take the shirt! lol… the in your face thing… was he high? how could anyone do that, much less expect that to bring someone out of their shell? maybe it was to try to help them play with a distraction, maybe… but, it was dumb. he was dumb.

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neilrr

Posted at 4:18 PM on May 12, 2010  

Who the frick cares what Blake Lewis thinks???

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AnnMarie

Posted at 5:27 PM on May 12, 2010  

Exactly. Seriously, who is Blake Lewis these days? A wannabe hairdresser?

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Nicole

Posted at 8:36 PM on May 12, 2010  

I care what he thinks. He is spot on with his critiques this week, especially when it comes to Lee.

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