The 2010 "American Idol" winner was Illinois-born vocalist Lee DeWyze. DeWyze won the reality singing competition in May 2010 and was popular with audiences for his rich and raspy vocals. Apart from singing, the "American Idol" winner also plays the guitar and composes his own songs.

Before getting his big break on "American Idol," DeWyze had a recording contract with a Chicago, Illinois indie label known as WuLi Records. Through WuLi Records, the artist recorded and released two full albums of his original material, which were 2007's "So I'm Told" and 2010's "Slumberland."

During the 2010 "American Idol" season, the pop/rock singer delighted audiences across America with his renditions of radio classics such as "You're Still the One" by Shania Twain, "Hey Jude" by The Beatles and "One of Us" by Joan Osborne. After his victory, DeWyze was awarded with a record deal with "19 Entertainment."

DeWyze's debut major label single was a cover of U2's hit "Beautiful Day" which came out just one day after he was crowned the winner. Less than five months after his "American Idol" win, the vocalist released his third studio album named "Live It Up." The album's lead-off single was titled "Sweet Serendipity." To promote the record, DeWyze went on a short media blitz on television programs such as "Live With Regis and Kelly," "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and "Good Morning America." The young singer also embarked on an extensive tour throughout the United States.

- Duncan Jones