Through his representative, Billy Joel clarifies rumor suggesting that he had pulled off "American Idol" performance on May 20. Contrary to the Idol outcast Scott MacIntyre's claim that Billy had been invited to the show but couldn't make it, Billy's rep tells Entertainment Weekly that the singer "was never invited on 'American Idol' to perform with Scott. He did not pull out. He's currently on tour."
Scott MacIntyre recently posted a message on his MySpace, sharing his disappointment about not taking the stage during the Idol finale. He claimed to be originally scheduled to sing with Billy Joel but since Billy "was unable to make it in the end," the duet project was said to be cut from the show.
"Perhaps Tatiana and Bikini Girl were more important after all," Scott expressed his resentment in regard of the Idol producers' decision. "According to some of the producers who witnessed our rehearsal, it was the most exciting and memorable number of the entire Finale show. 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."
Aside from "American Idol" performance cancellation rumor, Billy Joel has been sued by his former drummer Liberty DeVitto. He is accused of not paying the drummer properly. "Everybody always assumes that you make a lot of money because you worked with Billy Joel," Liberty told New York Post. "It didn't happen that way."