'American Idol': Lee DeWyze breaks down crying during hometown performance

zq3.jpgOn Friday (May 14), "American Idol" contestant Lee DeWyze escaped the pressures of Hollywood for a very busy day back in his hometown of Chicago, Illinois.

First, Dewyze appeared on "Good Morning Chicago" where he made a valiant attempt at forecasting the weather, then went on to do a bevy of radio interviews.

Fans were delighted when DeWyze stopped by the AT&T Mobile store in Skokie, Il. to perform "The Boxer." Midway through his song, DeWyze told the crowd, "This is so hard!" Fans responded with encouraging cheers of "Go Lee!" but even with the confidence booster, DeWyze was overcome with emotion and had to stop singing for a while.

After another attempt to continue the song, DeWyze opted just stop singing and focus on the guitar. "Just sing it for me, ready?" he asked, and his home town fans were more than happy to oblige.

Once he made it to the end of the song, Lee headed off to Wrigley Field to throw out the first pitch during the Chicago Cubs game. He also stopped by his high school, the Forest View Alternative School, and performed a concert for over 40,000 people at Arlington Park.  



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