There were two noticeable absences from the lovefest send-off that American Idol gave judge Simon Cowell on his last show, the season finale. In a Broadway-like performance of “Together We Are One,” all the former American Idol winners but one, David Cook, sang lines. Then the stage filled up with other American Idol finalists from over the years. Except last season’s runner-up, Adam Lambert. So where were these guys? Did Simon Cowell really get to them that much?
Season 7 winner David Cook wasn’t in attendance because, according to MTV, he had a prior engagement. What could be more important than paying homage to one of the people partially responsible for your success? How about appearing at a cancer charity event in Kansas City? While on the show, David Cook often referred to his brother Adam, who was a victim of brain cancer, as his inspiration. Adam Cook passed away last year…
But David Cook still found the time to post to Twitter his congratulations to the new American Idol champion, Lee Dewyze. He wrote: “Congrats to Lee Dewyze! So sorry I couldn’t be there to see all my fellow idols. I’m there in spirit!”
As for perhaps the most talked about American Idol alumnus ever, Adam Lambert didn’t attend the American Idol finale because of a case of laryngitis he developed over the weekend. He had been put on vocal rest Tuesday to recuperate in time to be well enough to perform on his Glam Nation Tour, which begins on June 4.
But as with most things associated with Adam Lambert, the glam rocker’s absence did not go without a hint of scandal. Just before American Idol went live across the nation, Popeater.com reported that Adam Lambert had been absent from rehearsal and that the producers of American Idol were so afraid that he would pull another American Music Awards-like performance, they canceled his appearance. The report named an anonymous source that also claimed Lambert couldn’t be reached and that his “non-appearance” would be explained by the rocker being sick. According to Lambert and his reps, nothing could be further from the truth.
Adam Lambert posted on Twitter that he was “never asked to appear on the finale in any capacity.” He never was scheduled to attend a rehearsal. Besides, he had laryngitis.
One rep, Roger Widynowski of 19 Entertainment, said the report was “completely fabricated.” Widynowski said that Adam Lambert had been approached, like many former American Idol alumni, about appearing in the finale. But, Lambert developed laryngitis. “He was never confirmed to do the show. He never skipped rehearsal.”
But what is American Idol without its bit of soap opera?
So now everyone knows the stories behind the absence of David Cook and Adam Lambert.