Chicago’s Lee DeDyze will go head to head with Elliston’s Crystal Bowersox next week on the series finale of “American Idol.

On Wednesday evening, Casey James, of Dallas-Forth Worth, Texas,was on his way home having made it to the final three on “American Idol’s” ninth series.

Casey said "I can't believe it man. I'm so thankful for the opportunity. It's been an amazing journey and I'm just so honored that I'm here."

Lee may have started off as a dark horse but the last few weeks have shown him to be a wicked performer and a definite frontrunner. The peak of his “American Idol” career who his performance of the magical Leonard Cohen tune, “Hallelujah” last night.

The two finalists will perform next Tuesday to see who will be this year’s American Idol.