The season 10 finale episode of American Idol ended with Scotty McCreery, down-home country boy, winning the title of season champion. Avid Idol fans know that is kind of an unspoken tradition to have the winner of the previous season crown the current champion at the finale. When season 9 winner, Lee DeWyze did not crown Scotty during the season finale there was a large amount of negative feedback from fans and public ridicule from host Nigel Lythgoe.
After the finale episode taped, Nigel went on record stating his disappointment in Lee for not participating in the tradition. Already too scandalous for the minds of most American Idol fanatics, the plot thickens. Lee also went public to defend his position and his good nature. He claimed to have been left out of any finale plans that had been discussed or rehearsed. According to Lee, participating in the crowning was only mentioned to him mere moments before the even took place.
Frankly, I don't care at all who crowned that kid the winner. It is pathetic to me that the main focus of the season has ended there, on a previous winner and a judge. The glory of young Scotty's victory has been totally overshadowed by the 'controversy' as mild as it seems to me. This perfectly exemplifies where the allegiance of American viewers lies, in the drama of controversy and not in the graciousness of celebration.
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