"One of the hardest things about winning American Idol is winning American Idol," says Lee DeWyze, the 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Illinois who was crowned winner of Idol's season nine back in 2010.
"There's this perception that if you come from American Idol, in some cases, you can't possibly be a writer, you weren't a singer before you were on the show... That can be rough, especially when you're trying to make a name for yourself doing what it is you love."
Over the past twenty years or so, we've witnessed reality TV devour many an innocent (or not so innocent) soul. It's no surprise when we hear about an artist struggling, often unsuccessfully, to come into his own once the smoke has cleared and the attention deficit-affected masses have moved on. Despite shows like Celebrity Rehab, where the price of fame is made all too visceral, we tend to forget that these are in fact real people, with real lives beyond the producers, beyond the editing room.
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