On the eve of Wednesday's top 12 men's performance show, ousted contestant Chris Golightly told a small group of reporters that he's not giving up on his "American Idol" dream.
The singer, who made it to Hollywood and appeared to have made the top 24 cut, was mysteriously replaced at the end of last week's show by Tim Urban, with producers later explaining that a question about a previous contract he'd signed made them push the eject button at the last minute.
Golightly has cried foul, claiming the contract was not in place when he tried out for the show, but a copy of the document obtained by TMZ appeared to show that Golightly signed an exclusive deal with Dream Projects Entertainment on May 30, 2009, one month before trying out for "Idol." The terms of that contract were for two years.
At a brief press conference outside a Hollywood club on Tuesday morning (February 23), Golightly displayed what he said was proof that his contractual obligation had ended before he made the "Idol" cut. He then sang a bit of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror," according to reports.
Golightly called the situation a "misunderstanding" and said the copy of the contract posted by TMZ that appears to be for two years was indeed signed in early 2009, but that he was released from it in June. He told the assembled reporters that he hopes to be reinstated on the show. A spokesperson for "Idol" — which has never reinstated a contestant dismissed for reasons other than poor singing in its nine-season history — did not return requests for comment on Golightly's statements. Golightly provided reporters with a copy of his release from DPE, which he said was signed in June.
Contestants trying out for season nine of "Idol" were required to sign a release stating that they had no recording or management commitments by the time they reached the semifinals. A spokesperson for Golightly could not be reached for comment at press time about what the singer's next move might be.
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