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Duets save dull 'Idol' cinema night
By Kathleen Danes | Daily Herald Staff

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Published: 5/11/2010 10:51 PM | Updated: 5/12/2010 11:47 AM

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Mt. Prospect opens Lee DeWyze hotline

Mount Prospect has set up a hotline for fans looking for the latest news on Friday's "Lee DeWyze Hometown Celebration." Call (847) 870-6622 for a recorded message with details on the day's public events. Information is also posted on Mount Prospect's website, www.mountprospect.org.

DeWyze, a native son of Mount Prospect, will find out tonight if he has made the final three of this year's "American Idol" competition. If he does, a daylong celebration will happen Friday in Chicago, Mount Prospect and at the Arlington Park racetrack.

"American Idol" will broadcast from 8-9 p.m. tonight on Fox.

 

Thank goodness for the duets.

Not only did they save "American Idol" from paralyzing boredom, they also may have saved Mount Prospect rocker Lee DeWyze.

The week's theme, songs from the cinema, proved so sleep-inducing that not even guest mentor Jamie Foxx could salvage the situation.

The judges weren't enamored with any individual performances - and that included DeWyze.

His cover of Seal's "Kiss From a Rose" from "Batman" didn't keep anyone awake and never rose above mid-level karaoke.

"You did nothing with the song," judge Randy Jackson said. "It was OK and it was pitchy in spots."

But no one else did much with their individual songs either.

When even a Crystal Bowersox "(I'm Alright" from Caddyshack") performance fails to catch fire, you know it's going to be a rough night.

To be fair, the four remaining contestants were limited by an uninspired song list that featured strange choices such as Eminem's "Lose Yourself and "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire."

Idols are allowed to ask for other songs, but we're willing to bet they're strongly encouraged to stay within the lines.

But DeWyze was redeemed by a fortunate pairing with Bowersox and one of the better song selections of the night, "Falling Slowly" from "Once".

The result was incendiary. DeWyze and Bowersox matched each other note for note and the rawness of their performance came close to topping the original.

"That was one of my favorite moments of the entire season," judge Kara DioGuardi gushed.

Simon Cowell agreed.

"It was not a good song," he said. "It was a fantastic song."

The night's other duet featured crooner Michael Lynche and blues man Casey James taking on Bryan Adams' "Have You Ever Really (Loved A Women) from "Don Juan Demarco."

At times, the guitar playing was better than the vocals, but the two men finished with a sweet harmony.

Though he had an off night, DeWyze should have enough goodwill saved up with voters to ensure his hometown parade. But who goes home tonight is anyone's guess.

"American Idol" airs at 8 p.m. on Fox.