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Blake Lewis

Blake Lewis on August 25, 2009.
Background information
Birth name Blake Colin Lewis
Also known as BShorty[1]
Born July 21, 1981 (1981-07-21) (age 28)
Redmond, Washington
Origin Bothell, Washington, United States
Genres Pop, soul, electropop
Occupations Singer-songwriter, producer
Instruments vocals, guitar, keyboard, drums, beatboxing, loop pedals
Years active 1998–present
Labels Arista Records (2007–2008)
19 Recordings (2007–present)
Tommy Boy Entertainment (2008–present)
Associated acts Kickshaw (1998–2002), Cupcake, Ryan Tedder, Chris Richardson, Darude
Website www.BlakeLewisOfficial.com

Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is an American singer-songwriter and beatboxer who was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol. His major label debut album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) was released on December 4, 2007 through 19 Recordings/Arista Records.[2] On October 30, 2007, his first single "Break Anotha" was released. The album landed on #10 on the U.S. Billboard Billboard 200 as its highest peak position with 97,500 copies sold in its debut, and over 350,000 copies so far. After the release of his second single "How Many Words", which peaked at #8 on the U.S. Billboard Dance/Club Play Songs, Lewis was dropped by Arista Records. Lewis eventually signed with Tommy Boy Entertainment.

His second album, Heartbreak on Vinyl, was released on October 6, 2009. The first single "Sad Song" was released on July 21, 2009 and peaked at #10 on the U.S. Billboard Dance Radio Airplay. The album charted at #135 on the U.S. Billboard Billboard 200, #20 on the Billboard Independent Albums, and #7 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic Albums with over 4000 copies sold in the first week (1000 of those were digital downloads).

Contents

Biography

Early years

Lewis was born in Redmond, Washington to Dallas and Dinah Lewis.[3][4] Dinah is a former rocker who still sings and plays guitar.[5] He is an only child and is of Swiss,Welsh, German and Irish descent.[6] He attended Kenmore Junior High and later Inglemoor High School in Kenmore, Washington.[7][8] In high school, Lewis participated in many high school state competitions . He also took part in numerous musicals, as well as comedy and rap videos with his friends.[3][9][10][11] In many of these videos, he portrayed his alter ego, Jimmie Walker Blue, the character he introduced during the semi-final round of American Idol.

Lewis started beatboxing at seventeen. He picked up this talent purely by ear, listening to CDs of beatboxing, after he was inspired by Matthew Selby, a former member of the Los Angeles-based a cappella group M-Pact, of which fellow American Idol semi-finalist Rudy Cárdenas was a member.[6][12][13] Aside from singing and beatboxing, Lewis plays the guitar, keyboard, drums and has written many songs such as "She Loves the Way", "Emotional Waterfalls", "Dumpty Humpty" and "Jealousy".[14][15][16] He describes himself as an improv musician and often uses devices such as loop pedals and the Kaoss Pad to layer beatboxing, instruments, vocals and effects to create a song live on stage.[17]

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".[10][12][18][19][20][21][22] He made connections with various musicians by performing regularly in many venues in Seattle such as Nectar Lounge in Fremont, SeaMonster Lounge, Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, Jet Deck in Everett (now in Mill Creek) and hosted shows like The Digital Lounge shows at ToST.[6][17][23][24] Before Idol, he was working on a solo album with a number of tracks finished.[25]

American Idol

Overview

Though he initially found American Idol unappealing, Lewis auditioned for it in Seattle with "Crazy" by Seal and an off-screen rendition of "Sunday Morning" by Maroon 5.[26][27][28] Introducing himself as the local beatboxing champion in the audition, Lewis beatboxed along with his teammates, including Chris Sligh, Rudy Cárdenas and Tom Lowe, to "How Deep Is Your Love" by Bee Gees in the Hollywood's Week. The memorable performance received a standing ovation from the audience and Paula Abdul, who commented "that brought down the house". 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.[29]

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.[30] After Lewis' performance of "Lovesong" by The Cure/311 on March 27, Paula Abdul said that she would love to see him in the finale. 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.

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.

Blake Lewis, interview with MTV.com[14]

Lewis' beatboxing and scat singing skills had been featured occasionally throughout the competition, notably in the performances such as "Virtual Insanity", "All Mixed Up", "Time of the Season", "You Give Love a Bad Name", "You Should Be Dancing", "This Is Where I Came In" and "This Love". He had also rearranged songs including "You Keep Me Hangin' On" and "You Give Love a Bad Name". 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. 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. Randy Jackson believed that it was the most original performance ever on the show. Cowell even predicted that 50% of the audience "would absolutely hate it" but another half would love it. The groundbreaking performance was later ranked #6 in top 20 all-time greatest American Idol performances on AOL.com.[31]

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);[32] "Time of the Season", a The Zombies' hit in 1968, reached #67;[33] Ryan Adams’s “When the Stars Go Blue” hit #39 (#37 on Hot Digital Tracks chart);[34] Bon Jovi's "You Give Love a Bad Name" shot up to #29;[35] "This Love" and "She Will Be Loved" by Maroon 5 jumped to #41 and #45 respectively.[36][37] Maroon 5’s album Songs About Jane had re-entered the Top Pop Catalog Albums chart at #5 on June 2, 2007 as well.[38]

On May 11, 2007, Lewis visited his hometown, Seattle, Washington for the traditional Idol Top 3 hometown visits. 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. He also visited the top of the Space Needle. 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.

Lewis claimed 311 as his all-time favorite band after his performance of "All Mixed Up".[39] Responding to a viewer question on March 13, 2007, he had also confessed his love of "underground hip hop, electronic music" such as Common Market and Panda Conspiracy, with an addition of The Mob Law, which in Lewis' opinion, "should be signed to a major label".[40]

While being the last two contestants waiting for the results on May 2, Lewis and Chris Richardson answered Ryan Seacrest's question about their close relationship, saying that they are best friends.[41] Interestingly, Lewis has "Chris Sligh, Rudy Cárdenas", contestants from the sixth season of American Idol, listed as his own "American idols" on his profile on American Idol official website, while Sligh and Cárdenas also have Lewis on their lists.[42][43][44] Furthermore, Lewis claimed in an interview with The Blaker Girls that besides Richardson, Cárdenas and Sligh, his best friends on the show were Brandon Rogers, Jordin Sparks and Gina Glocksen.[16] In the episode of The View on June 14, 2007, Lewis said that there were "a lot of writers on the show", including Richardson, Sligh and himself.[45]

Jimmie Walker Blue, his alter ego was introduced in the middle of the Idol.[46]

Performances/Results

Week Theme Song Choice Artist Order # Result
Top 24 (12 Men) N/A "Somewhere Only We Know" Keane 7 Safe
Top 20 (10 Men) N/A "Virtual Insanity" Jamiroquai 7 Safe
Top 16 (8 Men) N/A "All Mixed Up" 311 1 Safe
Top 12 Diana Ross "You Keep Me Hangin' On" The Supremes 9 Safe
Top 11 British Invasion "Time of the Season" The Zombies 4 Safe
Top 10 No Doubt/Artists who inspire Gwen Stefani "Lovesong" The Cure 8 Safe
Top 9 American Classics "Mack the Knife" Bobby Darin 1 Safe
Top 8 Latin "I Need to Know" Marc Anthony 7 Safe
Top 7 Country "When the Stars Go Blue" Ryan Adams 7 Bottom 3
Top 6 (Week 1) Inspirational "Imagine" John Lennon 3 Safe
Non-Elimination Week
Top 6 (Week 2) Bon Jovi "You Give Love a Bad Name" Bon Jovi 4 Safe
Top 4 Barry Gibb "You Should Be Dancing"
"This Is Where I Came In"
Bee Gees 2
6
Safe
Top 3 Judge's Choice (Paula Abdul)
Producers' Choice
Contestant's Choice
"Roxanne"
"This Love"
"When I Get You Alone"
The Police
Maroon 5
Robin Thicke
2
5
8
Safe
Finale Previous Song
New Song
Coronation Song
"You Give Love a Bad Name"
"She Will Be Loved"
"This Is My Now"
Bon Jovi
Maroon 5
Blake Lewis
1
3
5
Runner-up


Post-Idol

Lewis' songs from the American Idol have been on sale at the iTunes Store and the American Idol official website as Blake Lewis - EP (called a "bundle" on Idol official website) shortly after the finale of Idol, along with other songs that did not make the EP's cut that are being sold as individual singles. Figures from SoundScan which were posted on USA Today indicated that Lewis' "You Give Love a Bad Name" was "the biggest-selling download of the season", with 192,000 copies sold.[47]

After the finale of Idol, Blake Lewis has made several appearances on television shows. He performed Maroon 5's "She Will Be Loved" on The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet (combined with a snippet of U2's "With or Without You"), The Today Show, Live with Regis and Kelly and The Early Show.[48][49] In the episode of The View on June 14, 2007, he sang "Somewhere Only We Know" by Keane.[45] Lewis had also appeared on Total Request Live, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet with the winner of Idol, Jordin Sparks and Larry King Live with contestants who made into the top ten of American Idol.[50][51][52] On July 4, 2007, Lewis performed "God Bless America" and "America the Beautiful" on Macy's Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular with Sparks and Melinda Doolittle.[53][54]

Lewis took part in the "American Idols Live! Tour 2007" from July 6 - September 23, 2007, along with other contestants in the top ten. He revealed on The View on June 14, 2007 that all the male contestants on the show would be playing musical instruments on the tour (for the first time ever), "doing like a folk band," and that he would bring along his loop pedals for his beatboxing.[45] Before several shows, Lewis improvised, got dressed up as a janitor character named Bob Bobberson and sometimes as a Pop-Tart.[55] He performed "She Loves the Way" on the last show, becoming the first Idol who sang their pre-Idol original materials on the tour. He and Chris Richardson have "started working on a little documentary" on the tour and it will be published at their MySpace profiles.[55][56]

Lewis was named #5 in the list of the 10 sexiest Idol contestants ever on the website during the running of the sixth season of American Idol and was ranked #21 in the list of music's 21 sexiest single men on June 11, 2007 on AOL.com.[57][58] Later in the issue of People magazine on June 15, 2007, the brand-new runner-up of Idol appeared on its list of "Hottest Bachelors of 2007".[59][60][61] He has also made a cut on the list of 50 hottest guys on Elle Girl.[62]

Career

2007-2008: A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)

On March 6, 2008, he performed "How Many Words", from his album A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream), on the American Idol result show.

On the release of his second single, Blake Lewis spent much of his time promoting the single "How Many Words" at various radio stations. While Blake Lewis parted with his label, Arista Records, in June 2008,[63], he will begin his national tour starting on the East Coast at the end of September with the help of 19 Recordings and will be playing songs from A.D.D. as well as new songs.[64]. Details about the tour can be found at Blake Lewis's myspace page[55] or the website of his official street team, the Blake Lewis Army.[65]

Upon his record deal with Arista Records/19 Recordings which was announced officially on August 24, 2007, A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream), Lewis' "electro-funk-soul-pop" first studio album, was released on December 4, 2007.[66][67][68] In fact, the singer has been recording his album in the studio "for all night long" since June 18.[68][69] "Break Anotha", the first single from A.D.D., was released to radio on October 30, 2007 and on iTunes Music Store on November 13.[70][71]

Blake's second single, "How Many Words" was released on March 10, 2008. A.D.D. has been made available at iTunes and includes his music video for his first single "Break Anotha". On June 25, 2008 Entertainment Weekly officially announced that Lewis was dropped by his label, Arista, but will remain on Idol creator Simon Fuller's 19 Recordings roster.[72]

Lewis has said he's already written four songs for his second album, which he's working on with his band's drummer, KJ "Quantize" Sawka. The pair will be co-producing the effort, which Lewis describes as "Massive Attack meets Zero 7 — drum-and-bass with a little pop influence."[63]

Lewis said he may release the disc through his own label, which he's in the process of getting off the ground. "I'm super-passionate about this record," he said. "Who knows what's in store? Half the year's over, and it's only going to keep going."[63] According to MTV News, the album is expected to have the electronica genre like the first album, and "he is experimenting with his own music" by implementing blue-eyed soul, pop music, rock, jazz, emo, indie and some metal genre. It was also reported on KIIS-FM that Lewis will collaborate with Chris Richardson, KJ "Quantize" Sawka and Ryan "Alias" Tedder.

As of August 2008, the artist has added one song to his sophomore LP, which may be out on the last quarter of 2008 or first quarter of 2009. Lewis told the interviewers that he is very excited to premiere his new songs, and he has learned some lessons from his "A.D.D." era. On an interview, he said, "Where to start… Orchestral Drive-By: KJ and I are about 5 songs deep now. Can’t wait for you all to hear this. I haven’t been this excited in a while. I haven’t been able to produce in a year and half, besides a couple songs on ‘A.D.D.’ and from what I have learned in the last year, it sure has paid off. STOKED!!!"[73]

It was reported that Lewis has collaborated with his friends on the band, Project Lionheart at a track called "My Eyes" and "Hell Yeah".[74] Aside from that, he also collaborated with Common Market's "Trouble Is", where he contributed backing vocals.[75] Blake says who is currently producing his record with his drummer, KJ Sawka. Blake also recorded a track at 311 frontman Nick Hexum’s house for the next album. Blake finished a charity song called "Selfless" with Darude for Dance4Life. In September, Blake was featured on a song for BT’s album, which he says is a “throwback to Flock of Seagulls.”[76]. Blake has also been in Darude's song "I Ran" which hit the charts and is on local radio stations constantly.

2009-Present: Heartbreak on Vinyl

On April 30, 2009, Lewis performed at the 2009 Congressional Clubs' First Lady's Luncheon to Honor Michelle Obama.[77] He performed three songs including a beatbox version of "America the Beautiful".

His second album will be distributed under Tommy Boy Records[78] - the seminal dance/hip hop/electronic label whose catalog includes albums by Africa Bambaataa, Biz Markie and De La Soul. He signed a deal on Tommy Boy Entertainment to record an electronica album.

"I'm doing an electro-pop slash real-hip hop-influenced album," he told Billboard. "It's a great record already and we're only five songs into it. We're hoping to have it out for April, so I'm working my butt off." Blake says there will be a "ton of guests" on the record, mostly Seattle vocalists, but he also has his sights on someone we didn't quite expect: Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie. Turns out, Blake's got a connection. "My manager Leslie Lewis is Jenny Lewis' sister, so it's all a community thing," he said. "I'm hoping to talk to him about it at the Grammys." In the meantime, Blake, who was dropped by Arista after one album, is getting a kick out of watching the new season of American Idol for the first time since his near win in 2007. And he's also commenting on it, as a special correspondent for his local FOX station. "It's comedy to me," he said. "Because with the audition episodes, I was there for 12 hours, and to see how they cut it into two cities in a one-hour show, I just laugh about it."[79]

Lewis recently announced on his YouTube channel that his new album will be released on October 6, and the single, "Sad Song," will be released "on July 21st." In a recent interview, he said that he is considering 'Universal Imagery' as the title for his new album. He mentioned that, "I have had others, but not as good. I'll know more when I get more of the tracks done and more of a picture has been painted.". On June 17, Lewis confirmed in his official Twitter page the title for his new album would be Heartbreak on Vinyl. Lewis also stated that he had recorded new songs including "Freak", "Electric Touch" and "Binary Love".[80][81][82]

The first single from the album, "Sad Song", was released on July 21, 2009. The album, Heartbreak on Vinyl was released on October 6, 2009.

He has been trying to kick his drug habit and been through many drub treatment programs. He has just finished a recent rehab stint and he thinks that it will fuel his creative skills.

Philanthropy

Lewis has been supporting cancer research at Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center in Seattle by donating 50% of the proceeds from the merchandise of The Blaker Girls.[83] He chose to put his support behind this organization after a best friend of his as well as his friend's girlfriend were diagnosed with lymphoma.[9][84]

Discography

Albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US US
Indie
US
Digital
US
Dance
2007 A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream) 10 - 10 -
  • US sales: 305,000
2009 Heartbreak on Vinyl 135 20 - 7
  • US sales: 10,000 [85]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

EPs

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales threshold)
US
Comp.
iTunes iTunes
Pop
US
Digital
2007 Blake Lewis1 30 3 2 3
  • US sales: 46,000[86]

Notes:

Singles

Year Title Chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. Pop U.S. Dance
2007 "You Give Love a Bad Name" 18 15 Blake Lewis (EP)
2008 "Break Anotha" 110 85 A.D.D. (Audio Day Dream)
"How Many Words" 8
2009 "Sad Song" 11 Heartbreak on Vinyl
2010 "Heartbreak on Vinyl"[citation needed] 103[citation needed] 97[citation needed] 15[88]
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Notes:

  • 1 While Jordin Sparks, the winner of the sixth season of American Idol, had "This Is My Now" as her official single, Lewis did not announce his choice of single officially, despite the fact that "You Give Love a Bad Name" was the highest-charting track among his "bundle" of songs available for downloading. "You Give Love a Bad Name" entered a number of charts.
  • ² Unlike the debut songs of previous winners and runners-up of American Idol, all five songs that appeared on Blake Lewis (EP) were released digitally only, not physically.[87]
  • ³ While not being announced as a single, "Time of the Season", the song Lewis performed in the British Invasion week on American Idol, has debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart at #99, the Pop 100 chart at #74 and the Hot Digital Songs chart at #70 in the issue of the charts on June 9, 2007.[87] Several tracks by Lewis have made appearances that week on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and the Pop 100 chart as well, including "This Love" (#2; #80), "When the Stars Go Blue" (#10; #92) and "I Need to Know" (#19 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart).

Unreleased original works

  • "Closer to Reason"[89]
  • "Dumpty Humpty"
  • "Emotional Waterfalls"[90]
  • "Four Letter Word"
  • "Give It to Me" (duet with Laura Blue)[91]
  • "Jealousy"
  • "My MySpace" (featuring The Sampler)[55]
  • "She Loves the Way" (produced by BT) -- he performed the song on American Idols LIVE! Tour 2007[92]
  • "Transmission"
  • "Love Takeover"
  • "Drivin' Me Crazy"[93]

Guest vocals

  • 2003: Unexpected Arrival, "Julie" (featuring Blake Lewis); "Take Control" (featuring Blake Lewis) Both chorus's written by Blake
  • 2007: Caleb Cunningham/K-Tone, "My Eyes" (featuring Blake Lewis)[94]
  • 2007: KJ Sawka, "Brotherhood of the Drum" (featuring Blake Lewis); "Move On" (featuring Blake Lewis); "WTO" (featuring Blake Lewis) (from the album Cyclonic Steel)[95]
  • 2008: Darude, "Selfless" (featuring Blake Lewis); "I Ran (So Far Away) (featuring Blake Lewis)
  • 2009: DJ Dan, "Operator" (featuring Blake Lewis)

Cameos

  • 2006: The Sampler, "The Chuck Norris Rap, The Harry Potter Rap, Snakes On A Plane Rap" (Music Video)
  • 2007: Jordin Sparks, "Tattoo" (music video)

Footnotes

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From Wikiquote

Blake Colin Lewis (born July 21, 1981) is an American singer and beatboxer. He was the runner-up on the sixth season of American Idol.

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On music

  • "Some say silence is golden, I choose noise."
    Confessing his passion for music on his MySpace profile.[1][2]

In interviews

  • "I get scared because I regard women as the most beautiful creatures in the world."
    People Magazine "American Idol series" interview on March 30, 2007.[3]
  • "Now I'm 'Blake Lewis' to the world, but I will always still be Bshorty from Bothell...I've never looked at it like a competition so I think I've won regardless. I won when I got to the top ten; I've already reached my goal."
    Us Weekly "Hot Guy of the Week" interview on May 21, 2007.[5]
  • "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."
    MTV.com "Blake Lewis Reaches Out to Gnarls, Will.I.Am After 'Idol' Finale: 'Call Me!'" interview on May 24, 2007.[6]
  • (Singing) "Steve Jobs, send me a brand-new Mac..."
    MyFox Los Angeles "Behind the Scenes: 'Idol Live' Tour Rehearsals" interview on June 25, 2007.[7]

Dialogues

Lewis: Oh, man. I bite my tongue a lot and I never really listen to him [Simon Cowell].
Larry King: You didn't listen to him?
Lewis: Yeah. Well, I think him and I are a lot alike. I think we are both shameless and tactless.
King: You've got a clean-cut image. Why the tattoos?
Lewis: I love art. I love good art. I'm getting my whole...
King: Why not put it on canvas?
Lewis: Because I can't draw.
Larry King Live "American Idol Finalists" interview on May 25, 2007.[8]

Attributed

On American Idol

  • "The song's about coming together as one in an ideal world. And we might not be able to accomplish that, but tonight we can start by making it a better place."
    Commenting on his take of Imagine by John Lennon in the Inspirational week in his pre-performance clip on April 24, 2007.
  • "If you don't take risks in life, you'll never see anything new."
    Commenting on his take of You Give Love a Bad Name by Bon Jovi in the Bon Jovi-themed week in his pre-performance clip on May 1, 2007.

Dialogues

Lewis: I represent Seattle, the Emerald City.
Simon Cowell: So, why don't you think you've been discovered then?
Lewis: 'Cause I live in Seattle. I don't live in L.A..
Responding to Simon Cowell, one of the judges of American Idol, in his audition in Seattle on September 19, 2006.
Ryan Seacrest: If they were to make a movie about your life, what would the title be? Who would play your part?
Lewis: That's tough! But, it has to be Jim Carrey. And I...
Seacrest: 'Cause you're tall?
Lewis: (sarcastically) Yes, 'cause I'm tall and gangly...and it'd be called "Organized Chaos".
Responding to a viewer question before performing This Love by Maroon 5 on May 15, 2007.
Seacrest: Do you really like big butts?
Lewis: I can't lie.
Responding with the reference of the lyrics of the song "Baby Got Back" to Ryan Seacrest, the host of American Idol on May 15, 2007, after the showing of a clip of Lewis performing with Sir Mix-a-Lot in the home-visiting concert in Seattle and shaking his hips on-stage.[9]

References

  1. Blake Lewis' profile. MySpace. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
  2. Aja Pecknold. "What Are You Doing This Weekend?: Bshorty Farewell Party with KJ Sawka + Ra Scion + Joe Doria". Seattle Weekly. Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
  3. "Blake Lewis: The Beat Boxer". People Magazine (March 30, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
  4. "Blake, Live from EW's Cover Shoot!" (video). Entertainment Weekly (April 11, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-04.
  5. "'Hot Guy of the Week': American Idol's Blake Lewis". US Weekly (May 21, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
  6. Katie Byrne, Jim Cantiello (May 24, 2007). "Blake Lewis Reaches Out to Gnarls, will.i.am After 'Idol' Finale: 'Call Me!'". MTV.com. Retrieved on 2007-06-10.
  7. "Behind the Scenes: 'Idol Live' Tour Rehearsals" (video). MyFox Los Angeles (June 25, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-26.
  8. "'American Idol' Finalists" (transcripts). Larry King Live (May 25, 2007). Retrieved on 2007-06-02.
  9. "Baby Got Back by Sir Mix-a-Lot". Songfacts. Retrieved on 2007-06-24..

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