Lewis, upon entering the top 2 on May 16, 2007, he thus became the first ever contestant from the Northwestern United States (specifically, Washington) to compete in the finale.I've tried to stay true to myself this whole entire time, and I think I've represented myself as creatively as I could with what I got on the show.
Lewis ended up the last male contestant standing; the judges had predicted Lewis' "front runner" status early in the competition.
In an exclusive interview with X17Online on March 4, 2007, Simon Cowell foresaw Lewis' chance to take the crown.
He made numerous appearances at radio stations and then played a concert in Seattle at Westlake Center, including a performance of "Baby Got Back" with Sir Mix-a-Lot. Fans followed him to Bothell for a parade and concert at the Sammamish River Park.
Afterwards, he proceeded to Safeco Field to sing the national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner", for the Seattle Mariners's Game.
In an early episode of the United Kingdom edition of American Idol, Lewis recalled his first solo performance in the Hollywood's Week was "Papa Was a Rollin' Stone" by The Temptations.
When later he sang it in front of the other finalists, Phil Stacey felt that it was the best performance he has seen from Lewis.
The groundbreaking performance was later ranked #6 in top 20 all-time greatest American Idol performances on Several original versions of songs Lewis performed re-entered Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart shortly after the show.
Lewis' first performance on-stage, "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane, re-entered the chart at #26 (#19 on Hot Digital Tracks chart); "Time of the Season", a The Zombies' hit in 1968, reached #67; Ryan Adams’s “When the Stars Go Blue” hit #39 (#37 on Hot Digital Tracks chart); Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" shot up to #29; "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5 jumped to #41 and #45 respectively.
Before Idol, he was working on a solo album with a number of tracks finished.