Did Lee DeWyze Snub Scotty McCreery, American Idol?

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In the wake of Scotty McCreery's American Idol triumph, the country is asking multiple questions today?

  1. Did he deserve to win? It's debatable.
  2. Are Lauren and Scotty dating? No.
  3. Did Lee DeWyze snub the show last night? Sort of.

Typically, the previous winner ends up on the stage to congratulate the new champ and hand him/her a trophy. But DeWyze was seated in the fifth row at the finale, and Ryan Seacrest never even mentioned his name.

What happened?

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According to producer Nigel Lythgoe, DeWyze refused to be a good sport. The producer Tweeted today: "I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he's been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy."

But the season nine title holder says it's the opposite: he was never asked to participate!

"I was not asked to be involved in the Finale," Lee wrote in response. "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 didnt feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty's moment."

True. But it's Lythgoe's show.

What do you think, readers? Is there a real beef here? Or was it simply a case of misunderstanding?

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The Producer did not handle it respectfully. This wasn't a wedding where the father of the bride spontaneously asks someone to get up and make a toast. Up until the announcement of the winner, Lee was the American Idol. Accordingly, it would have been appropriate for the request to have been made in advance. Why should Lee be criticized for the Producer's lack of planning? There is an old saying, "You're lack of planning does not constitute my emergency."


scottie mccreery was the winner from day one.