Lee DeWyze's 5 Techniques of Winning American Idol

While he may have been assailed as a play-it-safe type, Lee DeWyze went on to be crowned American Idol's Season 9 winner. Backstage after the finale, DeWyze shared his five techniques to make it through the competition:

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1. Believe in yourself. "I think you try out and audition with the intention of winning," DeWyze said. "If you don't think you can win, then there's no reason to go audition because you have to believe in yourself."

2. Respect your competitors. "[Crystal Bowersox] is amazing and I love her to death. I wish the best for her and I think she's going to be successful. I know she supports me in what I'm doing, and it's been good for everybody."

3. Don't look back. "There were points in the competition where I said, 'Oh man, I wish I would've done that better,' but I've learned that once something is done, it's done. The best thing you can do is go to the next step and try to do better."

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