One of the 'Idol' 24 Has Been Ousted for Lying

by Kona Gallagher, posted Feb 19th 2010 10:11AM
chris golightlySome of you may have noticed that there was a little bit of a change in the Top 24 during the Wednesday episode of 'American Idol.' Chris Golightly, who originally auditioned in Los Angeles, made it to the Top 24, and was shown in a group shot toward the end of the episode, but when we had individual shots of the 24 semi-finalists at the very end, he was missing. So what's the story? Turns out, Golightly was less than honest with 'Idol' producers.

After nine seasons, viewers and contestants alike have (or should have) learned one thing: be upfront with 'Idol' producers. Season One contestant Nikki McKibbin was upfront about her stripper past, and was allowed to stay on the show. Frenchie Davis, however, failed to disclose that she posed topless on the web, and was ousted. Golightly's infraction was that he failed to tell producers that he had a record contract.

It's unclear whether Golightly still had a contract, or if he had just had one in the past, but it's something about which all contestants are queried, as having a current contract makes you ineligible to compete. So basically, if Golightly's contract was still valid, he would have been ineligible regardless, but if it wasn't and he just failed to tell producers, then he got himself kicked out of the competition for absolutely no reason.

Because he was ousted during the semi-finals, Golightly is ineligible to try out for the show again. However, Simon Cowell told reporters that if he was ousted purely based "on a technicality," then he would be welcome to audition for 'The X-Factor,' which Cowell is bringing to the U.S. next year.

So who's the big winner in this situation? That would be 20-year-old Tim Urban, who is replacing Golightly in the competition. Now the big question is, how will Urban stack up, now that he's been given a second chance?

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Squiggles

How come they didn't figure that out before the end of Hollywood week? I call that sloppy research on their part. And why did they replace him with Tim Urban? I can't even remember him from any of the auditions. They should have chosen Thaddeus Johnson; he was one of the few people who never had a bad moment during Hollywood week.

February 19 2010 at 8:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ME

...this show is for newly discovered talent....not singers that are already in the business

February 19 2010 at 6:25 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon

Simon talks about Jazz as though it isn't REAL music! He was the same way about country. What the heck?

February 19 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sharon

They want to know if the people have a current contract. Chris's contract had run out. Therefore, he didn't have a current contract.

What about Big Mike? Or the kid that was with what's her name on broadway? They have some problems too. Are they out?

February 19 2010 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Barb

Actually, Sharon, Big Mike is out. His parents both talked about him being in the top 24 before it was announced on TV. That is a violation of the contract and he's gone. They will announce his replacement on the show next week.

February 19 2010 at 8:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jbjg24m

Urban? is that one of Keith Urbans relatives ?

February 19 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

indie singer Jody Gnant has a good c.d. out called Pivot it would be great to see her be able to do a American Idol though :)

February 19 2010 at 12:03 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Lisa

I sort of don't care whether the contract is still valid or not. My view is that this show should be about undiscovered talent and having a contract even one that is defunct should put you out of the running.

February 19 2010 at 10:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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