The only thing Lee DeWyze wanted to do in life is play music. Now that he's the new American Idol, the former paint-store clerk from Mt. Prospect, Illinois, will finally get his chance to do just that.
He got a big leg up on Wednesday night at the two-hour "Idol" finale, when surprise guest-star
Speaking to reporters backstage, Michaels, who performed at the Nokia Theatre without telling his doctors, applauded loudly when it was announced that DeWyze had won his battle with season-long front-runner Crystal Bowersox.
"Here's the thing: Enjoy what you're doing, live in the moment, get good people around you, and you'll have a long career," said Michaels, who was at the "Idol" finale despite a series of recent health scares that include a brain hemorrhage and a recently discovered hole in his heart. "That's really the truth. That's what makes it work. Believe in yourself. If someone is pushing you down the wrong path, [say], 'I gotta do it my way,' " he said. "I also would tell him ... make sure you love what you do. And don't ever become jaded. If you become jaded, you lose your soul."
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