American Idol executive Nigel Lythgoe (@dizzyfeet) explained the incident on Twitter that DeWyze allegedly declined to do his last job as the outgoing champ:
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.
Lee DeWyze (@LeeDewyze), on the other hand, responded to Lythgoe’s tweet about him refusing to present the winner’s trophy to the new Idol:
Hey everyone, first off I want to say congrats to Scotty & Lauren, awesome job. Well done Scotty! Secondly, just for the record… 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. I didn’t feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty’s moment. 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. Good luck to all the Contestants and stay true to yourself. Thanks everyone for your support, tour coming up… Good times I’ll talk to you all soon. Love ya!
Did Lythgoe take DeWyze involvement for granted? What do you think?