McNeese, Ledet singing different tunes

By By John Guidroz / American Press

A McNeese State University official

said that “American Idol” finalist Joshua Ledet approached the

university about singing

the National Anthem at last week’s football game between the

Cowboys and the University of Central Arkansas, despite the singer

denying it was his idea.

“We have made our statements about Josh Ledet and the McNeese football game and we stand by them,” Candace Townsend, McNeese’s

public relations director, said Monday. “We have nothing else to say on this issue.”

The American Press reported last Tuesday that Townsend had said Ledet approached the university about singing at the game. That same day, Ledet

posted on his Twitter account that the article was “lies!” Later, he tweeted the article “was wrong” and he “didn’t approach anyone saying I wanted to sing!”

“If I sing somewhere (it’s) cause I’m asked to do so,” he said in a separate tweet.

The American Press reported on Friday that Ledet’s performance was canceled. Townsend said his management said the appearance was canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

Ledet could not be reached for comment on Monday.

A Westlake native, Ledet finished third on the 11th season of “Idol.” Some of his more well-known renditions during the show

were “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” by James Brown and “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge.