'American Idol': And the Winner Is...

Lee DeWyze takes his throne as the next American Idol! See the contestants who gave him a run for his money this season (11 Photos)

Jennifer Graham Kizer on May 26, 2010 at 11:08PM

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'American Idol': And the Winner Is...


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Casey James
ELIMINATED (3rd Place)

Age: 27
Hometown: Fort Worth, Tex.

This pretty-boy singer-songwriter and guitarist fronts the Casey James Band back home. "I actually think you could make a great artist career in the wake of the Kenny Wayne Shepherds and the Jonny Langs," Randy once told him. "You play that bluesy, kind of fiery, Stones-y rock." But let's be honest, this contestant remains best known for shedding his shirt (at Kara's request) in early auditions. Instantly, countless viewers became very big fans. "Most women, their hearts are gonna start racing just looking at you," said new judge Ellen DeGeneres after his "I Used To Love Her" performance. "But then for people like me [big pause for comic effect]....blondes....I thought it was fantastic."

Why He Could Win: He's a compelling singer and easy on the eyes, and if he demonstrates enough versatility to wow all of America, that might take him all the way.

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