American Idol judge Simon Cowell has announced his pick for the American Idol winner this season: Lee DeWyze. While Cowell said he previously thought Crystal Bowersox had nailed down the American Idol winner spot, he is now betting on DeWyze.

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowerox (FOX)

Lee DeWyze and Crystal Bowerox (FOX)

“If you’d asked me five or six weeks ago, 100 percent I would have said Crystal,” Cowell said in an interview with Ellen DeGeneres on her talk show. “But now I’ve changed my mind. I think Lee is going to win.”

Crystal Bowersox has been considered by many since the start of the season to be the frontrunner for the American Idol winner title. In recent weeks, however, some have questioned her desire to win the show and deal with all the media attention she’ll be forced to endure if she ends up on top.

In addition, Bowersox has seemed to fade a bit on American Idol on the show over the past few weeks, while Lee DeWyze has been giving some of his best performances of the season. Obviously, DeWyze’s serious improvement during the latter part of the season has certainly changed Cowell’s mind about the winner. We can’t help but wonder if the American public is feeling the same.

The two American Idol finalists will battle it out Tuesday night for the last time. Both contestants will sing three songs each during the live finale. We are still rooting for Crystal Bowersox as our favorite to win, but at this point we think it’s anyone’s guess who will end up the winner.

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