Lee DeWyze Crowned New American Idol

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(WOIO) - The 2010 and 9th season finale of American Idol featured Simon Cowell's last appearance on the show as a permanent judge.

Also former judge Paula Abdul made an appearance for the first time since leaving the show after the end of last season.

Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze were the finalists this year. Lee was crowned the winner, edging out frontrunner mother from Ohio.

Lee will now get the chance to launch a career like those of previous "Idol" winners Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.