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'American Idol' champion Lee DeWyze reframes his career
'American Idol' champion Lee DeWyze reframes his career

For Lee DeWyze, being attached to the "American Idol" brand hasn't yielded the best luck for a career. During the show's 2010 season, the Mount Prospect, Ill., native won America over as that earnest paint salesman with a gritty voice and guitar strapped to his back. But the songwriter's "Idol" triumph was underpinned by heavy criticism of the aging competition — sagging ratings, uninteresting contestants, judge shake-ups — and it didn't get better after the confetti fell on his victory song. PHOTOS: 'American Idol' Season 12 DeWyze's post-"Idol" debut, 2010's "Live It Up," opened to weak...

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