Lee DeWyze says he would have loved to be part of the “American Idol” finale, per tradition, but he wasn’t asked. Last year’s winner stayed firmly planted in his seat in the audience Wednesday night, rather than presenting the trophy to winner Scotty McCreery in a move that some perceived as a snub.
“Idol” boss Nigel Lythgoe wrote about the kerfuffle on his Twitter page Thursday: “I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn’t present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he’d been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy.”
Instead judge Jennifer Lopez performed the presenting duties. DeWyze also didn’t perform in the finale, another tradition.
DeWyze followed Lythgoe’s comments and the surrounding furor by responding with his own tweets yesterday.
“I was not asked to be involved in the Finale. It wasn’t until about 2 minutes before they announced that Nigel had approached me and asked if he could “borrow” me for a second,” DeWyze tweeted. “I didnt feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty’s moment.”
He 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 wasnt asked.”
Not one to let his Season 9 winner have the last word, Lythgoe responded to Dewyze’s tweet on Friday:
“I don’t wish to continue the @leedewyze story. True, he wasn’t asked to sing but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy a week before.”