Just about a year ago this week, Lee DeWyze stood on the stage of L.A.'s Nokia Theater, tears in his eyes and confetti in his hair, as he was crowned the ninth American Idol and he sang his coronation song, a cover of U2's "Beautiful Day." But Lee isn't having such a beautiful day today.
While his fans understandably expected him to appear on this week's "Idol" finale (just like the previous winner, Kris Allen, did last year), to ceremonially pass the torch to either Scotty McCreery or Lauren Alaina, it turns out that won't be the case. Today Lee tweeted: "Hey guys, no I'm not performing at the Finale. I wasn't asked to . A lot of questions so I thought I'd fill you in. Talk to you soon :)"
While Lee was diplomatic on his own Twitter (the smiley face was a pleasant touch), it's still odd that last year's "Idol" winner--i.e., the REIGNING CHAMP--would not be invited to appear on this year's finale. (Lee's other tweets indicate that he's not out of town, and he makes it clear it was not his decision to sit this one out.) And Lee's own brother, Michael DeWyze, isn't being quite so diplomatic with his own tweets.
"American idol producers have no respect.. that is all.. serious b.s.," Michael vented on his Twitter page. Michael also tweeted "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe, calling him a "scumbag" with "no soul," and tweeted his brother, saying, "While u may be respectul about it i think its [expletive]."
Michael later calmed down a bit, tweeting, "People may think I'm being rude its just very obvious when someone is being treated disrespectfully..sorry bout angry tweets. Heat of moment"--and while he took some of his earlier tweets down, he did leave a couple up, including the "scumbag" one.
I do understand Michael's anger, and Lee's disappointment. Regardless of how popular Lee is, how many albums he has (or hasn't) sold, or whether or not the powers-that-be wanted him to win, the bottom line is he is the current Idol, and on principle he should participate in the finale in some way, like the winners that came before him. This news, following last week's Twitter revelation that Chris Medina couldn't score tickets to this year's finale, doesn't really say much about the "kinder, gentler 'Idol,'" does it?
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