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Messages to Lee from home
Daily Herald Staff Report

DeWyze fans have been packing the Blues Bar in Mount Prospect for every "American Idol" episode.


Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Lee DeWyze


Associated Press

JOE LEWNARD/ Left to right, Kate Zardzin, 12, Emily Fleming, 9, and Jon Branch, 11, all of Mt. Prospect cheer at the conclusion of Lee DeWyze's performance on "American Idol" at the Blues Bar, Mt. Prospect, Tuesday.


Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer

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Published: 5/13/2010 3:58 PM

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"Hey Lee, look at you now! As I have been telling you for years, you are amazing! I am so glad you have had the opportunity to touch so many people with your incredible talent. It's about time! You have no idea what you are in for when you come home Friday, be prepared to be greeted by thousands and thousands of screaming fans! So proud of you! Can't wait to see the shock on your face when you walk into Arlington Park, it is going to be fantastic! I promise you the best hometown parade in the history of 'American Idol,' and you deserve it! I have been saying I am your number one fan for many years, but the competition for that position is tough these days! Just remember to enjoy the moment!"

-- Amy Silverman, DeWyze's former high school teacher

"It doesn't matter what happens - I love you - America loves you - You're going to be around for a long time and you're going to do big things!"

-- Brian Friedopfer, friend

"The Mount Prospect Chamber members are proud of you, Lee! Thanks for shaking our can!"

-- Jim Uszler, executive director chamber of commerce

"Capannari Ice Cream always knew how incredibly talented you are. We love the fact that the rest of the world knows it now too. Welcome home!"

-- Katie Dolan Dix, Capannari Ice Cream

"I find myself nervous on Tuesdays in anticipation of Lee's performance wanting him to just 'rock the house.' My favorite 'Idol' moment was Lee performing 'The Boxer' better than Simon & Garfunkel - and I'm a huge Simon & Garfunkel fan! Go Lee!"

-- Dr. Lynn Thornton, high school counselor

"Lee DeWyze and his 'American Idol' performances have brought an indescribable pride to Mount Prospect. As his hometown, we have witnessed how Lee with his amazing talent has also captured the attention of a nation.

As mayor, I am privileged to watch, vote and represent the wonderful people of the Village of Mount Prospect as they make this journey with Lee, his family, his friends and all of his new fans.

Those of us who had seen Lee perform locally know about his talent - so unique and so genuine. I heard him performing at Capannari's Ice Cream and was amazed at his bold but unpretentious voice. With Lee there are no gimmicks and that is why I think he resonates with the 'American Idol' fans."

-- Irvana Wilks, mayor of Mount Prospect

"In such troubled times - this is a real feel good story."

-- Cheryl Dial, Mount Prospect resident and huge Lee DeWyze fan