May 27, 2017

Lee DeWyze opens up about “American Idol” snub

By Sean O’Connell Former “American Idol” winner Lee DeWyze opened up about his non-appearance at last week’s finale, and the fallout that has followed with executive producer Nigel Lythgoe.

Apparently DeWyze was asked at the very last minute to accompany winner Scotty McCreery on stage. DeWyze declined, leading to some harsh tweets by Lythgoe.

In response, DeWyze now says, “Why he said that, I can’t speak for him. He’s the big shot but it came down to simple facts for me: I was not asked to perform on the show, which was something I was hoping to be a part of since it was such a big part of my life, and a last-second scramble — whether it was a week, a minute or a month — seemed inappropriate and kind of ridiculous. I thought, rather than getting up there and being in Scotty’s limelight while he’s going through the biggest change in his life, I would much rather be a viewer.

“So yes, when Nigel tapped me on the shoulder and asked to ‘borrow’ me, I said no, and next thing I know, he’s talking about it publicly,” DeWyze continued. “I don’t know what point he’s trying to make, but it’s really not a big deal to me anymore. I’m over it.”

But the media is not. Shots continue to be fired in the trades. The ball’s now in Lythgoe’s court. Will he respond to DeWyze’s latest comments, or will one of these two finally let water go under the bridge?

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • May 29, 2011 | Permalink |

    Lee is a talented singer songwriter.. i guess he isnt country or pop trashy enough to performe? nigel should give him a prime-time TV performance instead

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