Cowell further confirmed that Lewis was the front runner of male contestants on American Idol.
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.
Although Lewis' first performance in the semi-final weeks, "Somewhere Only We Know", was pure singing and inspired judges to make comments about his contemporary vibe, his signature performance on the show was probably "You Give Love a Bad Name" by Bon Jovi.
Lewis incorporated a substantial beatboxing component, making the song sound significantly different from its original version.
Lewis ended up the last male contestant standing, despite Simon's first impression that the singer was a bit "over the top" adding "I don't know if you're as good as you think you are".
Several original versions of songs Lewis performed re-entered Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart shortly after the show.
Being a member of the a cappella group Kickshaw for four years after graduating from high school in 1999, Lewis worked with the group on a 10-track album titled Put It In the Microphone, but he quit the group in 2002 to become a solo musician going by the stage name Bshorty, which was basically inspired by the nicknames of the members of 311 and "aggressive inline-skate videos during the 1990s", "doing drum and bass shows, and conscious hip hop shows, singer-songwriter stuff, and electronica and hip hop".
He made connections with various musicians by performing regularly in many venues in Seattle such as Nectar Lounge in Fremont, Sea Monster Lounge, Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, Jet Deck in Everett (now in Mill Creek) and hosted shows like The Digital Lounge shows at To ST.
Jon Bon Jovi, the lead singer of the band who also coached the contestants that week, noted that Lewis' rendition was "rolling the dice".
All three judges acknowledged the huge risk of Lewis' arrangement, but also praised him for his originality including beatboxing.
Even if you choose not to have your activity tracked by third parties for advertising services, you will still see non-personalized ads on our site.