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In all of his popular singing competition shows, Simon Cowell is known for being a brutally honest judge. And, though he is certainly shrewd, it’s hard to debate the fact that the guy has a real feel for what makes a great singer. That’s why we want you to listen to one of our absolute favorite choices from his American Idol career. We think that this rendition of “Hallelujah” will absolutely move you!

Sadly, American Idol went off the air in 2016, but it certainly left us with 15 seasons of television gold. One of our favorite elements of the singing competition was always “judge’s choice week”—a time when the judges would pick the songs that they wanted to hear the contestants perform.

Back in 2009, a soulful singer named Lee DeWyze got his ticket to Hollywood and, subsequently, made it through many cuts of the competition. In preparation for “judge’s week,” we see Lee receive a text message from none other than Mr. Simon Cowell himself which reads:

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