Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze have revealed their debut singles, and for the first time in “Idol” history, they’re cover songs.
In the past, the winner of each season of “American Idol” has released an original song as a debut single. In Season 6 and Season 7, the winners (Jordin Sparks and David Cook, respectively) released songs written by American Idol Songwriter contest winners. The winner of Season 8, Kris Allen, released “No Boundaries” as his debut single, which was co-written by judge Kara DioGuardi.
This season’s winner, be it Lee DeWyze or Crystal Bowersox, will be the first “American Idol” to release a cover song as his or her first post-Idol single. Bowersox’s first single will be “Up On a Mountain,” by Patty Griffin. On the heels of U2’s canceled tour, DeWyze’s first single is the band’s “Beautiful Day,” from their 2000 album “All That You Can’t Leave Behind.”
The contestants performed “Up On a Mountain” and “Beautiful Day” as their final songs on the May 25 episode, as their last performances before voting opens for the finale. Bowersox and DeWyze are both songwriters themselves, so regardless of which contestant wins on May 26, we expect we’ll be seeing new original material from each of them before too long.
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