lee dewyze idol finale pres 'American Idol' winner Lee DeWyze: 'It all just happened so fast'The newest “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze spoke with the press backstage after his big win. Lee tells us about his experience, the thrill of it all and the fact that he had to ignore the judges’ after the final performances because he did his best.

“This is an amazing experience, especially since this has been such a long process,” says Lee. “It’s been a lot harder than I thought it would be.”

And how did it feel when Ryan Seacrest announced he had won? “There was confetti flying, there was fireworks, songs are starting, people are cheering,” Lee laughs. “It just all happened so fast. It was amazing, it felt like a huge weight lifted off my shoulders and now that this big step is done, it’s on to the next step, which is to make an album and go on tour and do all the things I wanted to do for a long time.”

The judges were pretty harsh on Lee after the final performances, was he surprised that he won? “No … by the last week, you get it. They’re gonna say what they’re gonna say and regardless of what they say, as long as you go out there and you try your hardest at doing what you want to do, you can’t really walk away with regrets,” Lee explains.

“There’s been ups and downs to this season for me, for everybody, and that’s what makes this show so great,” he continues. “It’s vulnerable. You go up there and you do what you can. Sometimes it’s awesome and sometimes it’s not and it’s just learning from your mistakes and becoming a better performer.”

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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."