Credit: Vince Bucci/FOX Photo: Winner Lee DeWyze Performs at the Season 9 American Idol Grand Finale 2010

There has been a lot of drama surrounding Nigel Lythgoe’s decision not to ask American Idol Season 9 champ Lee DeWyze to perform during Season 10’s finale episode. Usually the winner of the previous season is given the chance to perform, and when Lee wasn’t asked, he took to his Twitter to let his fans know.

@LeeDeWyze 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 :)

Lee’s fans definitely took this as a snub, and proceeded to Twitter-rant all over Nigel Lythgoe and the show. Notably, Lee’s brother let fly a profanity-laced Twitter rant directed at Nigel Lythgoe but then took down the tweets and apologized. Perhaps in response to the strong reaction to Lee not being asked to perform, Nigel also posted this on his Twitter:

@dizzyfeet 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.

But Nigel’s tweet is confusing on several levels. The snub in question was never about whether Lee was asked to present at the finale, but whether he would perform, as is customary of reigning Idol champs. Never in the history of the show has a previous Idol winner presented a trophy to the current winner.

Lee released a statement addressing the controversy, again via Twitter. There Lee states that about two minutes before Scotty McCreery was crowned as the Season 10 winner, he was asked to come on stage to present the trophy, but he refused. Said Lee, “I didn’t feel a last second jump on stage was appropriate. It was Scotty’s moment... 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 wasn’t asked.”

But then Nigel responded with yet another series of tweets, where he says, “True, [Lee] wasn’t asked to sing, but Lee knows he was asked to present the trophy a week before. I don’t wish to continue the @leedewyze story.”

Source: MJ’s Big Blog, TV Line