“Idol” has its own pomp and circumstance. Over the years, one of those “traditions” which I never paid much attention to was the “passing of the crown.”
That means the winner from the year before comes on stage to congratulate the current winner, or something like that. Or they at least perform at some point during the finale. Honestly, this isn’t a big deal to me. But Lee DeWyze fans (yes, there are a few of them) went ballistic when they found out a few days ago that Lee wasn’t invited to perform or even come on stage for the finale. They viewed this as a deliberate diss of a man who has shown the least success of any winner to date and a symbol of how awful season nine was.
So it was interesting that Nigel Lythgoe, who wasn’t around a year ago and knows very well that a good number of folks didn’t care for season nine, asked Lee at the last second (literally) to come on stage to congratulate Scott McCreery. Lee, who was at least in the audience, declined. Heck, he has his pride. This was all according to Lee’s tweets. MJ compiled the tweets into a coherent whole:
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!
-Speaking of getting screwed, check out what happened to Cheryl Cole in more detail from the British press.