Avid American Idol fans may have noticed a conspicuously low-key showing from incumbent champ Lee DeWyze at Wednesday night’s grand finale. Sure, DeWyze was in the audience for the fun-filled show, but why no on-stage action like fellow former Idols Carrie Underwood and David Cook?
Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe seemingly solved that mystery the day after… only to have his account of the situation refuted by DeWyze.
“I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn’t present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he’s been on the show this season,” Lythgoe wrote on Twitter, insinuating that the Season 9 winner refused to take part in the baton-passing. “I guess he was shy.”
Guess again, Nigel?
DeWyze countered in a TwitLonger statement of his own, “Just for the record, I was not asked to be involved in the finale” — in advance, at least. To hear the singer tell it, “It wasn’t until about 2 minutes before they announced [the Season 10 winner] that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could ‘borrow’ me for a second. I didn’t feel a last-second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty’s moment.”
DeWyze continued, “I appreciate American Idol, and the opportunity it has given me. And the people who have made that show possible. I am not angry, or bitter etc. It was an amazing finale, and I would have loved to be a part of it. I just wasn’t asked.”
Lythgoe has yet to respond to DeWyze’s response, but that comes as no surprise: He’s been busy with that other hit Fox series — So You Think You Can Dance, which premiered its own new cycle tonight.
So, whose side are you on? Is Nigel exaggerating after DeWyze shunned him during Idol? Or has the former champ bitten the hand that feeds him? Let us know in the comments!