Over the years, ‘American Idol’ has seen its fair share of disqualified contestants, whether it was discovered they had a criminal past or had previously taken part in professional recordings, and this year is no different. The Popeater website reported on February 18 that 19-year-old Chris Golightly, who was admitted into the top 24 round the night before, was shortly there after disqualified.

In a FOX press release, the network announced that Golightly was determined ineligible to continue in the competition because of a recording contract mix-up. Therefore, fellow Texas singer Tom Urban has replaced him. FOX decided to let Golightly go after Lawrence Franklin of Dream Projects Entertainment let producers of the hit show know that he was under a boy band recording contract when he auditioned last year.

While Franklin decided to amicably release Golightly from his contract so that he could compete, the necessary paperwork wasn’t completed on time. However, there’s nothing Golightly can do to stay on the show, as ‘American Idol’ producers said the show must continue without him. Golightly told USA Today that he has left the producers voicemails, but they haven’t returned his calls.

Written by: Karen Benardello

Chris Golighty
Chris Golighty

By Karen Benardello

As a graduate of LIU Post with a B.F.A in Journalism, Print and Electronic, Karen Benardello serves as ShockYa's Senior Movies & Television Editor. Her duties include interviewing filmmakers and musicians, and scribing movie, television and music reviews and news articles. As a New York City-area based journalist, she's a member of the guilds, New York Film Critics Online and the Women Film Critics Circle.

One thought on “Chris Golighty Latest Contestant Disqualified from American Idol”
  1. I think they should put chris back. After all the contract expired a month befor AI. & i bet in the paper it didnt ask if he had a contract befor. & i think they should of wait befor callin his replacement… & why cnt they make a top 25 if they once did befor a top 13.? i think thats just unfair. we all want him back. he is a really good talented person, well thats my opinion.

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