CHICAGO IS A BIG CITY and a major TV market, but that didn't stop Fox Chicago from giving Lee DeWyze the breaking news treatment.
And who wouldn't want a picture of himself below "hot topics" like "Sexy Palin"?
Part of Lee's hometown throwdown included the requisite interview with the on-air team — a confab that was awkwardly conducted at the newsdesk, making me wonder if Lee was going to give us traffic and weather together on the eights.
One of the news crew's zingers: Who does Lee think will wind up in the finale?
"It could be anybody," Lee said. "Anything can happen, cause I've seen great people go. ... I just hope I'm there."
The anchors also point out that Lee's single, which he seems to enjoy about as much as when Seacrest dims the lights for "Idol's" elimination sessions.
And holy crap. I was kidding about traffic and weather a paragraph or two ago, but it turns out they actually did have him do the weather with Portly Jolly Weather Guy. Lee actually seems to be having a good time, which is surprising given his usual reticence to ad lib when he's on "Idol." Also, his Chicago accent is out in full force. Oh my gyad.
He'll have a parade through his neighborhood of Mount Prospect at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Fox reports. He'll give a sold-out mini-concert in Arlington Park at 6:30.
The Sun-Times also has an interview with Lee about his homecoming, which yielded this interesting response to a question from reporters Bill Zwecker and Kara Spak about which judge gives the best advice:
Lee said: "It doesn't happen all that often, because they have us doing so much, between rehearsing and doing all sorts of stuff, but when they do come up to us privately -- they are only encouraging. Obviously, on the show they say things that aren't always so nice, but that's their job."
So maybe Simon is really a teddy bear in person?
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