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American Idol Drama: Why Lee DeWyze Refused To Appear On Finale!

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You guys remember Lee DeWyze, right? Tall, handsome, won American Idol last year. In truth, he hasn't been much of a story since this time last year when he won, but today, he's making headlines again for allegedly snubbing the franchise that made him a household name.

Apparently, producers had wanted DeWyze to hand off the official American Idol trophy to Scotty when he won. You know, like a passing of the baton type situation. However, Lee reportedly refused to go on, claiming that he wasn't asked to participate until “about two minutes” beforehand.

Producer Nigel Lythgoe remembers the situation a little bit differently and took to his Twitter to comment. He posted to his:

“True, he wasn’t asked to sing, but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy [to the new Idol] a week before.”

Seems to be a difference of opinion. Personally, the fact that they ask Lee to be involved was a pretty sweet gig, even if it was only two minutes before. Like, it would've been so hard to walk ten feet? C'mon!

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14 comments to “American Idol Drama: Why Lee DeWyze Refused To Appear On Finale!”

  1. 1

    I don't really care but everyone knows Nigel Lythgoe is a douche in his own right.

    And since when was there an American Idol trophy?

  2. 2

    Last year is generally considered to be American Idol's weakest season. Annoying Kara Diwhatshername was still a judge and the talent was lackluster. It all seems like just a bad dream.

  3. 3

    He's just mad because he won, and Crystal Bowersox is the one making a name for herself. Just like Adam Lambert, and Chris Daughtry did, and James Durbin WILL do.

  4. Merab says – reply to this


    being on American Idol is embarrassing enough itself …
    he probably realized that many in music industry look at him just as at "that guy from Idol ..from season number I don´t remember which" and not like at a credible artist

  5. 5

    Mario, if they asked you in the bathroom stall that night to get up on stage, being the suck up you are, YOU WOULD DO IT IN A NY MINUTE. But, I forgot who won last year, even WHO WAS ON LAST YEAR! Crystal came back to me when i saw her name, BUT, LAST SEASON was all ABOUT SIMON LEAVING!!! Since this tired 'Reality' Show is more than show after show, building up to the 'FINAL', going past the season's final show, because the TOP 12 TOUR to get more fans, then RECORD, AND try to build up a fanbase,Nigel should ha GETTING THE FORGETTABLE 'LEE?' TO SING!!! might actually get someone to buy a record or two.

  6. auds says – reply to this


    From what Lee said, he said it felt wrong having him hand over the trophy & taking away from Scotty's win. It's too bad you didn't post Lee's response as to why he didn't agree to go on stage.

  7. 7

    Never heard of him, and can't stand Idol.

  8. 8

    Lee who?

  9. 9

    WHO? Since when has a winner of AI had actually had a career?… This show is a joke and they pick the most boring safe people to win and they flop their way right into oblivion year after year.

  10. 10

    Good for Lee; Smartest career move he's made….

  11. 11

    I'm with Lee. If you allow someone to totally own you and treat you like crap then you open the door for everyone to walk all over you. Good for Lee, stick to your guns. The music industry is full of shysters that will steal your money and your soul.

  12. 12

    Don't blame the guy..idol is not about finding talent anymore.

  13. 13

    he shouldve known as the reigning idol it would be mandatory to be there, regardless if you perform or not. he's probably just embarrassed because he sees how talented this years crop was and how much of a loser crop he was in last year. of course it wasnt all his fault. the judges didnt give a damn. simon was off in his own world. ellen was to scared to say anything negative. nobody cared what kara thought. and randy was still in the shadows.

  14. 14

    tall and handsome? who are you talking about?