As we reported pre-Idol finale, last season’s champ, Lee DeWyze, was rumored to have not been invited to participate in or attend the American Idol finale at the Nokia Theater Wednesday night. Cameras caught a quick glance at Lee in the audience, but the reigning champ (before Scotty McCreery took the title) was noticeably missing from the stage on the season’s biggest night. Previous Idol champs Carrie Underwood and David Cook each had a role to play on the two night finale festivities, but last season’s winner was simply missing.
Well, things have since developed into a twitter battle between Nigel Lythgoe and Lee DeWyze. Earlier Thursday, Lythgoe tweeted, ““I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn’t present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he’s been on the show this season. I guess he was shy,” implying the Season 9 winner was asked to but did not want to partake in the show’s final moments. DeWyze didn’t take long to counter. “Just for the record, I was not asked to be involved in the finale. It wasn’t until about 2 minutes before they announced [the 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. I appreciate American Idol,” DeWyze continued, “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.”
Needless to say, no comment has been made by Nigel Lythgoe in retaliation to Lee’s claim. Nigel has bigger and better things to worry about with So You Think You Can Dance kicking off on air today (and don’t forget to check out our recap here tomorrow morning!). Whose team are you on? Team Nigel or Team DeWyze? What’s your take on the whole situation? Let us know below!