Jennifer Armstrong
May 24, 2009 AT 12:00 PM EDT

American Idol finalist Scott MacIntyre is sounding off against the Fox megahit for cutting his planned dueling-pianos performance with fellow contestant Matt Giraud from last week’s finale. “Perhaps Tatiana and Bikini Girl were more important after all,” he jokes in his MySpace blog post. He reveals that the number — which would’ve featured the piano men duking it out on Billy Joel’s “Tell Her About It” — was cut just hours before the live broadcast because Joel couldn’t appear with them. ” (A representative for Joel denies that he was was invited to perform with MacIntyre.) According to some of the producers who witnessed our rehearsal, it wasthe most exciting and memorable number of the entire Finale show,” MacIntyre writes. “Over the last few days I have tried to reason this out every waypossible, and it makes no sense to me why one of the most compellingand unique performances of the show would be cut simply because theoriginal artist wasn’t present.” The 8th-place finisher says he was disappointed not to have truly gotten a memorable moment in the finale, but that producers have promised to make it up to him by having him back to perform next season.

UPDATE: Billy Joel rep says singer was not invited, did not “pull out” of American Idol finale

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