Adam Lambert wasn’t asked to appear on finale; David Cook was at a charity event

Two notable American Idol alumni absences during last night’s finale were easily explained, but that didn’t stop rumors and fake news stories.

David Cook was the only winner to not serenade Simon Cowell, and that’s because he had a previously scheduled charity event in Kansas City, according to his rep, who spoke to Access Hollywood.

Meanwhile, PopEater reported yesterday that “Adam did not show up for rehearsals, sending producers scrambling because they weren’t sure ‘if Adam is sick, being a diva, or worse, planning something that he does not want people to see.’ That eventually led to nixing his performance altogether. After ‘Idol’ producers tried to work with Adam’s reps, it was decided it was best for him to just not be involved in the show altogether.”

Adam’s rep told EW that Adam “was never confirmed to do the show. He never skipped rehearsal,” and that PopEater’s report was “completely fabricated.”

Adam said basically the same thing, and even tweeted long before the finale that he wasn’t asked to appear. Last night, he wrote on Twitter, “i was never asked to appear on the finale in any capacity” and wrote, “All i ever heard was:’you’ve not been asked to perform on finale.Would you like to sit in the audience?’ Me:sorry-Too much work to do today.”

Adam wrote that while “I DID come down w a throat bug most likely caught on my flight back from this past weekends’ concert in Boston,” that only affected his tour: “was put on vocal rest yesterday from MY show’s rehearsals which doubled the work 2 do 2day since all equip. had 2 be sent back east tonight.”

He added, “Sick of certain journalists and jealous people in the industry trying to stir up bullshit drama. Must not be getting laid.”

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.