Lee DeWyze Got "One Hour" of Sleep After Winning Idol

Entertainment May. 27, 2010 AT 4:02PM
Lee DeWyze Got "One Hour" of Sleep After Winning Idol Credit: Vince Bucci/FOX

After winning American Idol, Lee DeWyze is... tired.

When asked by UsMagazine.com how much sleep he got, the 24-year-old Illinois resident said, "Last night I got one!"

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Is taking a nap on the celebration schedule?

"We'll see, I got a whole list of things I have to take care of," says DeWyze, who was a paint store clerk before winning the Fox show. "I'm looking forward to it all, but at the end of it, I'm definitely going to take a nice, long nap."

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Looking back on the experience, DeWyze said, "It's amazing... you audition in the beginning and your goal is to get to [the show], and once you're there, you want to win, and I got there. It was me and Crystal [Bowersox], and I have so much respect for her. It could have been either one of us, but I'm glad that I won! It's just been an unbelievable amazing experience and it's been a whirlwind ever since."

DeWyze will fete his win with those closest to him: "I'm laying low and enjoying the moment with my family while I can and preparing for the next step."

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DeWyze says it was "really cool to be a part" Simon Cowell's final show.

"His last season, I won, so that's intense," he says.

He wants to make a "folk/rock/alternative" album after the Idol tour wraps up this summer. "I wanna try a bunch of different things. I'm not narrow when it comes to music. I have a broad view on it. We'll see what happens when I get into the studio!"

When asked whose career he'd like to emulate, DeWyze said, "I'd like to create me own, do my own thing and really put my own stamp on it. I kinda want to just see what happens."

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