Lee DeWyze

It's been two months since Lee DeWyze was crowned the season 9 winner of 'American Idol,' but he's still trying to soak it all in. The Illinois-born singer, who just a year ago was selling paint at Mt. Prospect Paint, Inc., became an instant heartthrob for millions of viewers, who fell in love with his shy-guy persona and charm. For now, he's reveling in his new-found fame and hasn't lost sight of the great opportunities that lay ahead. "My life is completely different than it was a year ago. I'm taking each day step-by-step because it is all new to me. But I'm happy where I'm at. It's a good place to be," he tells PopEater from his midtown Manhattan hotel.