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Twitter Feud Alert! Are You Team Lythgoe Or Team DeWyze?

Lyndsey Parker
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As I reported earlier this week, last year's "American "Idol" winner Lee DeWyze was not invited to perform at this week's "Idol" finale (it is usually tradition for the reigning champ to do so). His only inclusion in the finale at all was a couple shots of him in the audience, being ignored by Ryan Seacrest. Awkward! This of course incited a riot of angry tweets by Lee fans (and Lee's brother, who later took his tweets down and apologized), mostly directed at "Idol" producer Nigel Lythgoe.

There could have been many reasons for this Lee snub--perhaps Nigel just felt no allegiance to the winner of a season that he didn't produce (Nigel returned to the show this year after a two-season hiatus) and who was championed by his nemesis Simon Cowell, so he just wanted to distance himself from Season 9. Or maybe the "Idol" powers-that-be felt it would take away from the finale's overall sense of triumph to draw attention to an "Idol" winner whose sales have been disappointing compared to past winners'. Whatever the reason, many "Idol' fans thought this break with finale tradition was unfair, and they sure let Nigel know.

Well, Nigel has never been one to shy away from a Twitter feud (he calls those who attack him on Twitter "morons" so often, it's become his catchphrase). So he responded on "Idol"s finale night, in what was not an even thinly veiled dig at Lee. Nigel tweeted: "I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn't present the winners trophy to Scotty. Especially as he'd been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy."

Oh snap. But Nigel hardly had the last word. Not wanting to look like a sour-grape-scarfing bad sport, Lee then hopped back on Twitter to set the record straight. "Hey everyone, first off I want to say congrats to Scotty & Lauren, awesome job. Well done Scotty!" he began. "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 didnt 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!"

That seemed to be the end of it...until Nigel responded today, claiming that Lee actually had a week's notice, not two minutes, to decide whether or not he wanted to present the trophy to new winner Scotty McCreery. That's a pretty big timeline discrepancy, right there. "I don't wish to continue the @leedewyze story," Nigel tweeted, knowing full well that his post, in which he pretty much called Lee a liar, would do exactly that. "True, he wasn't asked to sing but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy a week before."

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So as of this writing, the latest tweet in this war of 140 characters or less comes from Lee, who took the high road and didn't directly address Nigel's accusation of lying. Lee has come out of this looking good, and ironically, this whole Twitter feud has given him better publicity than he probably would have had if he'd just performed on the finale in the first place.

"I have no hard feelings towards Nigel, Idol, or anyone else. I love music, and that's what I'm going to focus on," Lee tweeted. "I support American Idol and all it has done for me. I respect the decisions made for the Finale, and hope alls well that ends well. Thank you guys for everything:) AND I'm getting a tattoo today."

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My guess is Lee won't be tattooing Nigel's name on his bicep, as clearly there is no love lost here. The only thing these two seem to agree on is that Lee was not asked to sing on Wednesday's "Idol" finale. But who do you side with about all the other stuff? Was it two minutes, or one week? Should Lee have presented the trophy, or was he right to decline? Are you Team Nigel or Team Lee? Let me know on the message board below.

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