Less than one year after his debut album “Live It Up” hit stores, the news is already out there — “American Idol” season 9 champion Lee DeWyze has been dropped by RCA. (He is, however, still under the management of 19 Entertainment.) This marks one of the earliest occasions that a show winner has been sent packing by their label.
The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed this news, and it means that Lee now has to take it upon himself to carve the next path in his musical career. Lee posted on his Twitter this week that he was heading to Nashville to work with some more artists on some upcoming projects.
Unfortunately for Lee, he became in many ways a product of a system that was breaking at the time when he was on the show. He won the show the same season that featured an unhappy Simon Cowell and the Ellen DeGeneres judging disaster, and his album never really received much in the way of promotion. To make matters worse, many fans felt as though the two singles chosen (“Sweet Serendipity” and “Beautiful Like You”) were not even the two best showcases of Lee’s voice. (We were saying through the entire process that we would have preferred to see “Live It Up” and “Dear Isabelle” released.) It probably also didn’t help that a “feud” between Lee and “Idol” executive Nigel Lytghoe (who was not actually on the show the year he won) exploded out of control following a snub from the season finale lineup.
Are you sad for Lee, or are you still optimistic that there are great things coming up?