Nigel Lythgoe, Lee DeWyze
Nigel Lythgoe has shot back at Lee DeWyze's claim that he was given a last-minute request to appear onstage at Wednesday's American Idol finale.
"True, he wasn't asked to sing, but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy [to the new Idol] a week before," Lythgoe tweeted.
Nigel Lythgoe "so upset" that Lee DeWyze refused to present Idol trophy
Lythgoe, who had expressed disappointment Thursday that DeWyze declined to pass the baton to Scotty McCreery, was responding to the Season 9 champ's tweet that said Lythgoe approached him "about 2 minutes before they announced" the winner.
"I didn't feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment," DeWyze tweeted late Thursday. "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."
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The Idol executive producer claims he doesn't want to fan the flames any longer — despite doing so with his tweeted denial of how events unfolded.
"I don't wish to continue the @leedewyze story," Lythgoe's tweet concluded.
Looks like DeWyze doesn't want to either. The singer tweeted in response Friday afternoon: "I have no hard feelings towards Nigel, Idol, or anyone else. I love music, and that's what I'm going to focus on. I support American Idol...and all it has done for me. 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 :)"