Lee DeWyze may have been more popular than Crystal Bowersox with American Idol voters, but compared to previous champions he may have the smallest fanbase yet. His first single, “Beautiful Day,” only made it to #24 on the Billboard Hot 100, a chart that Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks all topped with their debuts (Ruben Studdard and David Cook just missed the top spot, while Jordin Sparks and Kris Allen sat just outside the top ten). Lee sold 95,000 copies of the U2 cover, 30,000 less than Allen did last year with “No Boundaries.” Crystal’s “Up On The Mountain” only made it to #57.
The lukewarm response to “No Boundaries” (which wasn’t even put on Kris’ album) may have inspired producers to skip the usual “coronation” song in favor of covers this year, but with “Beautiful Day” not even the most popular song to air on Fox that week (the Glee cast’s “Poker Face” hit #20), next year’s winner (presumably another humble guitar player who beats a long-time judge’s favorite) may find themselves singing a prom theme again. But unless Simon Cowell‘s replacement is a big hit, this show might not see the top ten again anyway.
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