May 27, 2009 11:10 AM by Britteny Elrick
Ever wonder why Scott MacIntyre didn’t perform at the American Idolfinale? Almost all of the contestants had solo spots or duets, but what happened to Scott? Last Sunday, he addressed the issue on his Myspace blog, and you might be surprised to find out the real story…
Scott says that originally he and Matt were scheduled to do a dual-piano duet of Billy Joel’s Tell Her About It. He wrote, “We had two gorgeous grand pianos facing each other on stage, the piano curves fit together like shoes in a shoebox, and close-up camera shots of our fingers and faces were displayed on three huge jumbotrons at the front of the 7,000 seat Nokia Theatre as we sang in turn through Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” and dueled it out in a tear-it-up piano solo section. According to some of the producers who witnessed our rehearsal, it was the most exciting and memorable number of the entire Finale show. I have the original Finale flow sheet right here showing the piano duel immediately after Kris Allenand Keith Urban.”
“We got to the Nokia Theatre on Wednesday morning (show day) and out of the blue about 9:30am found out the duet had been cut and the decision was final. Needless to say, I was shocked. American Idol had originally invited Billy Joel himself to perform with us, but he was unable to make it in the end; and because our duet was the only duet not involving another celebrity, it was the first thing to be cut when the show was condensed,” he adds.
He continues,”Over the last few days I have tried to reason this out every way possible, and it makes no sense to me why one of the most compelling and unique performances of the show would be cut simply because the original artist wasn’t present. (Perhaps Tatiana and Bikini Girl were more important after all, ) There will most likely not be another set of competent pianists on the show anytime soon, and this would have been an opportunity to make American Idol history.”
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