American Idol winner Lee DeWyze has admitted that he enjoyed meeting former Idol contestants during his time on the show and says that they passed on some valuable information and advice to him.
In his exit interview with reporters after Wednesday night’s finale, Lee said that Adam Lambert was ‘awesome’, Carrie Underwood was ‘supportive’ and David Cook was ‘one of the nicest guys’ he has ever met.
“Meeting the past winners in the beginning of the show was really almost intimidating because you see what they’ve accomplished and you just want that.
“I want advice. I want to know how you got through this. In the beginning, it’s very different because there’s a lot of us. Coming closer to the end, we get to meet more and more of the past Idols. They’ve been really amazing.
“Adam Lambert was awesome on the show because he’s a real genuine guy. He’s original and I like him, he’s got a good attitude. I think he’s real, he says it how it is.
“I got to talk to David Cook a little bit. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met in my life. I’ve noticed a trend all the Idols are very genuine people. They all know what it’s like to be on the other side of it, where I was at.
“I got to talk to Kris Allen, Ruben. I actually saw Carrie (Underwood) for a little bit at the Idol party. She was so supportive — anything you need, just let me know. She’s been awesome. There’s a line you cross once you get to this point with everybody. I’ve joined them in a sense. I see all the accomplishments they have.
“For me, because I won American Idol, it’s amazing. But at the same time it’s also a new beginning and a time for me to really show what I have and what I can do. I look to them for inspiration. They’ve been through the same process and they’ve been able to make their marks on music the same way I want to make my mark on music.
“Talking to them was really helpful because it gave me a sense of direction, and how it’s all going to go from here. To see them big and successful it’s really awesome.
“I met Chris Daughtry too and he’s just a cool guy, down-to-earth and original. I can relate to that. I’m looking forward to working with all these guys and talking to them, and hopefully forming some cool relationships.’