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Lee DeWyze -- The Marilyn Manson Phase

5/31/2010 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0528_lee_dewyze_EX_TMZ_01Back before he won "American Idol" -- Lee DeWyze flirted with the dark side ... in fact, dude covered a song by Marilyn Manson.




DeWyze's old record label has just released Lee's rendition of Manson's hit "Beautiful People" -- roughly one year after Lee recorded it back in Chicago.

While the cover ain't half bad -- we're told the song never made the cut on any of Lee's old albums.

But hey, times change.


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1.

arlo    

first!
it blows!!!

1421 days ago
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scott    

Liked this version of the song, different from the Nine Inch Nails cover. But, when you try to connect to hear it from this site, it does not connect very well. It is on You Tube as well at if you go there type in Lee Dewyze "Beautiful People".

1421 days ago
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Katy    

I don't think he should have won American Idol. Every week, I kept thinking "Okay, Lee's next." His voice wasn't as great as some of the others, and he had like ZERO stage presence. He's boring.

1421 days ago
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ac    

he is so boring

1421 days ago
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Kelly    

not only is he boring and forgetable... he had a record label and put out an album? Isn't that against the rules somewhere?!

1421 days ago
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Christina G.    

Fellow TMZ readers, please join me in NOT commenting under any Lindsay Lohan stories in the hopes that TMZ will take the hint and realize we're sick of hearing about her.

1421 days ago
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Aredhel    

I think it sounds pretty good. And to #6, no its not against the rules to have made an album in the past, you just can't be currently signed. Lots of past contestants have already cut an album.

1421 days ago
8.

yup    

His new album should be called "Like watching paint dry".

1421 days ago
9.

Jean    

This schnook ALWAYS knows just where the camera is, so he can look straight at it.

1421 days ago
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Truth    

DUDE WONT MAKE A DENT IN THE MUSIC BIZ. WHAT A WASTE OF NON-TALENT. THE MUSIC ENVIRONMENT TOTALLY SUXXX. ONLY ESTABLISHED ACTS AND NAME BRANDS ARE GETTING ANY CD AND CONCERT SALES THESE DAYS. THIS IDIOT WILL DISAPPEAR BY THE TIME NEXT SEASON OF IDOL COMES UP OR THE INAUGURAL SEASON OF XFACTOR USA. PRETTY MUCH THE STORY..

1421 days ago
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Jan    

SO, TMZ is saying Lee was already a recording artist?? His STORY was he came from a paint store. If you already had recorded a record, I did not think you were eligible for American Idol.

1421 days ago
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Jipp    

I'm so glad Lee won American Idol!

1421 days ago
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scott    

Bitter Bitter Bitter People-What the hell have you all done in the music business? "Dude's" record was on an Independent Label, called WuLi not at all against the rules. Adam Lambert was in Wicked and had some exposure prior to Idol, in fact most of the ones who make it to the top 5 or so have done some recording or have had some kind of local fame.



IS LEE boring to watch? I really don't think so-but here is the thing-WHY ARE YOU COMMENTING IF YOU DO NOT LIKE IDOL OR LEE, OR MAINSTREAM MUSIC. AND WHY ARE YOU SHOUTING? BITTER BITTER-BACK AT YOU!!!

1421 days ago
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pam    

I think it's good man, not great by ok.

1421 days ago
15.

misty    

I really liked it. Love his voice. Why all the hate?

1421 days ago
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