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Illinois paint shop assistant Lee DeWyze has won the ninth season of the American Idol talent contest.
He overcame his shyness to impress judges and viewers with his spirit and soulful voice, beating bluesy musician and judges' favourite Crystal Bowersox.
"I have never been happier in my life," he said after scooping the title and a recording contract which will launch with his version of U2's Beautiful Day.
The finale also made the most of Simon Cowell's last appearance as a judge.
DeWyze's victory was based on votes cast after Tuesday's performance show, which drew more judges' compliments for Ohio's Bowersox.