Simon Cowell to Lee DeWyze: “This Was the Night Your Life May Have Changed Forever”


Lee DeWyze, on American Idol Wednesday, learned he is moving on through to next week’s round.

All four judges praised Mount Prospect native Lee DeWyze’s rendition of “Treat Her Like a Lady” Tuesday. Simon Cowell told him, ” I want you tonight to go home, watch the show back and understand this was the night your life may have changed forever.” Cowell has seemed to have a lot of faith in DeWyze from the beginning of the program.

Lee DeWyze stays cool, calm and collected throughout the show and interviews. Even while Star Magazine this month broke a story about a night that already changed Lee DeWyze’s life forever. It’s the tragic story of Lee’s beloved 80-year-old grandmother Eileen’s murder by his 43 year-old uncle, John. Eileen was stabbed and killed on Wednesday October 27, 2004, by her son.


Lee’s Uncle John was having a mental breakdown outside the family home on an eerie night just before Halloween that happened to be the night of a blood red moon — a total lunar eclipse. Arlington Heights police were called to the home at 508 East Oakton Street for a disturbance. During attempts to calm down John DeWyze in the kitchen of the home, Lee’s Uncle John suddenly grabbed a kitchen knife and lunged at a police officer. John then turned the knife on his mother. Eileen died a short time later.

John DeWyze was arrested, and in November 2006, was found not guilty by reason of insanity for fatally stabbing his mother.

Star Magazine thinks Lee has a Guardian Angel. “He worshipped his grandma, and she adored him. Her death was traumatic for the entire family.” A lot of fans hope Lee DeWyze’s life IS changed forever, for the better this time.


Total Lunar Eclipse, Wednesday October 27, 2004 to Thursday October 28, 2004.
[CREDIT: ©2004 Fred Espenak, NASA]


View Larger Google Street View of neighborhood where Lee DeWyze’s grandmother was murdered.

View Larger Google Street View of neighborhood where Lee DeWyze’s grandmother was murdered.

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