'American Idol': Chris Golightly disqualified from Top 24 for old contract?

chris-golightly-samantha-mu.jpgWas Chris Golightly disqualified from the Top 24 of "American Idol" due to an old contract?

According to fellow Hollywood Week contestant Samantha Musa, the answer is yes. Samantha auditioned in Los Angeles and received a Golden Ticket, but we never saw her on the air.

She has been tweeting Wednesday night (Feb. 17):

  • Just got off the phone with Chris GoLightly. He was disqualified yesterday, after already being told he was in the top 24, over some bogus

  • Old contract. The contract expired, but they disqualified him for not telling them. He is talking to lawyers, but doubt thet can do anything

  • @itsalleternal: You're allowed to have old contracts, they just need to know about them. I think he put that he had it, but the guy he was..

  • @itsalleternal: ...in it with called idol and said he still had contractual rights over him. Finally found the contract, expired in June.

  • @Idol360: He is upset cause he says it was a misunderstanding, yet they let Michael Lynch stay in the top 24 even though he broke contract..

  • @Idol360: ...when his family spilled the news about idol to the papers. So really, its pretty messed up that they pick and choose which...

  • @Idol360: ..."Breach" to ignore and which to use as grounds for disqualification!

If you were paying close attention to the "Idol" episode Wednesday (Feb. 17) then you may have noticed that Chris Golightly was included in the group shot at the end (though we did not see his segment where the judges told him he made the Top 24). When the show switched to the individual dancing montage, Golightly was not included and instead Tim Urban was shaking his groove thang.

We don't have any information about Chris Golightly's contract and whether or not it is the reason he was not in the Top 24. We don't even know for sure if he was disqualified.

UPDATE: FOX issued a press release that said it has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition. "American Idol" contestant contestant Tim Urban has replaced Golightly as part of the Top 24. FOX confirmed to Zap2it that they have no comment other than what was in the press release.

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