Lee DeWyze talks 'American Idol' finale snub, Nigel Lythgoe responds
Lee DeWyze, who won "American Idol" last year, has spoken out after he did not perform on stage at the "American Idol" finale, unlike past former winners.
DeWyze, 25, did attend the ceremony and said that he would have "loved to be a part of it," while executive producer Nigel Lythgoe says that while the singer was not asked to perform, he turned down an offer to present the winner's trophy.
Scotty McCreery, 17, had faced off against Lauren Alaina, 16, and became the first male country singer to win the FOX singing contest series.
"I was not asked to be involved in the Finale," DeWyze Tweeted. 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. I didnt feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment."
Lythgoe said on Twitter on Friday, May 27: "True, he wasn't asked to sing but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy a week before."
Lythgoe said earlier he 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."
During the show, Alaina and "American Idol" season 4 winner and Grammy recipient Carrie Underwood sang together. During last year's finale, season 8 winner Kris Allen performed.
DeWyze said he "appreciates" "American Idol" and the opportunity it gave him, adding: "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."
He later said he had "no hard feelings towards Nigel, 'Idol,' or anyone else."
"I support 'American Idol' and all it has done for me," DeWyze Tweeted. "I respect the decisions made for the Finale, and hope alls well that ends well. Thank you guys for everything:) AND I'm getting a tattoo today. :)"
After beating contestant Crystal Bowersox on "American Idol" last year, DeDwyze received a recording contract and released the album "Live It Up" in November 2010. It entered the U.S. chart at No. 19 - the lowest debut for any "American Idol" winner - and has as of March 2011 sold at least 130,000 copies. Bowersox's new album, "Farmer's Daughter," has as of April 2011 sold at least 180,000 copies.
The two-hour "American Idol" season 10 finale also featured performances by this year's finalists, Lady Gaga, Judas Priest, Tim McGraw, Jack Black, Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler, Gladys Knight and Bono, among others. McCreery closed the show with a tearful performance of his first single, "I Love You This Big."
He plans to soon record his first major record and told OnTheRedCarpet.com and other outlets after the finale: "I want to go to Nashville and get cracking on this album. The fans want to hear my music, they kept me around, so I think it's my duty to get them the music as quick as possible."
McCreery also addressed rumors that said he and Alaina may be dating. The two shared a brief kiss on stage after he was deemed the winner.
"She's such a sweetheart - we've grown so close," he said. "It's just a special relationship we have."