By Jeff Labrecque
Updated May 27, 2011 at 01:21 PM EDT

While Scotty McCreery was crowned the new American Idol Wednesday night, last year’s champion, Lee DeWyze, seemed lost in the background of the Nokia Theatre. His fans vented online, but the show’s executive producer Nigel Lythgoe explained on Twitter that DeWyze himself had declined a more prominent role. “I was so upset Lee DeWyze wouldn’t present the winners trophy to Scotty,” he wrote. “Especially as he’d been on the show this Season. I guess he was shy.”

But DeWyze objected online, claiming that he wasn’t really asked to be part of the finale, writing, “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.”

Did Lythgoe take DeWyze involvement for granted? Or is this a case where DeWyze was actually asked, but as such an afterthought that the singer’s pride prevented him from accepting? Who do you think is to blame for the crossed wires and hurt feelings?

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