Just because Lee DeWyze wasn't asked to perform on Wednesday night's American Idol finale, he didn't want to present Scotty McCreery the trophy as some sort of consolation prize.
"I didn't want them to throw me a bone because I didn't perform," DeWyze tells The Hollywood Reporter.
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 ...
Despite drawing big names like Beyoncé, Lady Gaga and Judas Priest for Wednesday's American Idol finale, series executive producer Nigel Lythgoe revealed that there was one element of the show that didn't come together.
"I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty [McCreery]," Lythgoe tweeted Thursday about the Season 9 winner. "Especially as he'd been on the show this Season. I guess he was...
Viewers loved American Idol's Season 10 finale this big: The two-hour season-ender, which crowned Scotty McCreery as the new champion, averaged 29.3 million viewers in crowning, nearly 20 percent more than last year's finale, according to preliminary Nielsen figures.
Most living, breathing Americans already know American Idol is undergoing a facelift for its 10th season. Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres are out. Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez are in. But new judges aren't the only major changes coming. This year will see a campaign against those McSoulful singer-songwriter types, the inclusion of younger contestants, a ban on all "dawgs." (OK, maybe just less of them.)
Before Wednesday's premiere (8/7c on Fox), TVGuide.com breaks down what's new, what's gone and how all these changes will alter the Idol universe...