American Idol Contestant Removed From Top 24
Hold up, American Idol fans: there's been a last-minute switch to the top 24 list of semifinalists revealed in full on Wednesday night's episode.
In a statement to UsMagazine.com, a rep for Fox says, "It has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition. AMERICAN IDOL contestant Tim Urban has replaced Golightly as part of the Top 24."
Though Golightly was seen making it through to the Top 24, he was noticeably absent at the end of the episode when the contestants were named individually -- and replaced by Urban, whose entry into the Top 24 was not aired. His name and face were shown at the end of the episode.
The network has no comment on why Golightly is "ineligible." But when a Twitter follower asked Ryan Seacrest about the switch, he explained vaguely, "must have broken a rule or maybe had previous deal."
A source close the show tells Us that Golightly had a prior recording contract, which he "did not disclose" despite being given multiple opportunities to do so.
"This is not about whether or not the contract in question was either active or inactive or valid," the source continues. "It's crucial you tell the truth in the audition process... That is why he's being disqualified."
In an interview with fansite JoesPlaceBlog, Golightly explained that he a contract with a boy band that expired in 2009.
Following Wednesday's reveal of the remaining top 24, the tenth season's semifinalists are as follows:
Didi Benami, 23, of Knoxville, TN
Crystal Bowersox, 24, of Elliston, OH
Lacey Brown, 24, of Amarillo, TX
Michelle Delamor, 22, of Miami, FL
Katelyn Epperly, 19, of West Des Moines, IA
Siobhan Magnus, 20, of Cape Cod, MA
Paige Miles, 24, of Houston, TX
Ashley Rodriguez, 22, of Chelsea, Ma
Lilly Scott, 20, of Denver, CO
Katie Stevens, 17, of Middlebury, CT
Haeley Vaughn, 16, of Fort Collins, CO
Janell Wheeler, 24, of Tampa, FL
Lee Dewyze, 23, of Mount Prospect, IL
Andrew Garcia, 24, of Moreno Valley, CA
Tyler Grady, 20, of Nazareth, PA
Todrick Hall, 24, of Arlington, TX
Casey James, 27, of Fort Worth, TX
Aaron Kelly, 16, of Sonestown, PA
Alex Lambert, 19, of North Richland Hills, TX
Michael Lynche, 26, of Astoria, NY
Joe Muñoz, 20, of Huntington Park, CA
John Park, 21, of Evanston, IL
Jermaine Sellers, 27, of Joliet, IL
Tim Urban, 20, of Duncanville, TX
The competition gets underway next Tuesday, when the top 12 women sing Hot 100 songs; the men battle it out Wednesday.