American Idol’s Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze edged out runner-up Crystal Bowersox as their rivalry moves from the Idol stage to the pop charts. DeWyze placed five songs on the Hot Digital Songs chart. Bowersox scored with three. (Their duet version of “Falling Slowly” also charted, giving them a combined total of nine charted songs.)
If those numbers sound a little light, they are. Last year, winner Kris Allen and runner-up Adam Lambert put a combined 26 songs on Hot Digital Songs in the week their rivalry came to an end. Two years ago, winner David Cook and runner-up David Archuleta put a combined 29 songs on the chart.
DeWyze debuts at #12 with his version of U2’s “Beautiful Day,” at #20 with Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” at #61 with Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Boxer,” at #76 with R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts” and at #121 with Lynyrd Skynyrd’s “Simple Man.” Bowersox bows at #32 with her version of Patty Griffin’s “Up To The Mountain (MLK Song),” at #113 with Alannah Myles’ “Black Velvet” and at #117 with Kris Kristofferson’s “Me And Bobby McGee.” The pair’s duet version of the Oscar-winning “Falling Slowly” bows at #38.