Chris Golightly Disqualified Due to An Old Contract, Confirmed by Ryan Seacrest Tweet

2nd Update: Ryan Seacrest confirms Chris Golightly’s DQ via twitter: “been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue on IDOL, contestant Tim Urban has replaced Golightly as part of the Top 24”

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At the end of tonight’s show, when the last contestant, Andrew Garcia was advanced to the Top 24, I did the math, and only 23 contestants had been revealed advancing to the Top 24. Who was the 24th contestant?

It was Tim Urban, who was finally introduced by Ryan Seacrest during the boy’s celebratory dance. But, if you looked closely at the group shot of the boys, there was Chris Golightly in the frame!  (he’s the curly-haired boy on the right)

So what’s the deal? Season 7 contestant, Samantha Musa reveals on twitter (via Idol360)

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

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

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…..when his family spilled the news about idol to the papers. So really, its pretty messed up that they pick and choose which……”Breach” to ignore and which to use as grounds for disqualification!

So far, Idol producers have not commented on this developing story. But they’re going to have to soon…  Did they think Idol fans wouldn’t figure this out?  They should have addressed it on air.

UPDATE: Joes Place contacted Chris through his facebook. She talked to him on the phone for about an hour.   According to Joe, Chris has hired a high-powered attorney to represent him. Right now, he’s sleeping in someone’s garage. via Joes Place.

Chris had an old contract with a Boy Band. That contract expired in June on 2009. Chris then auditioned in July for American Idol. After the contract had expired. When Chris made it to Hollywood, he had to sign the standard AI contract. It asks if he had any current contracts. Chris answered No.

Chris then makes it to the top 24 in January 2010. He get’s out of his lease at his apartment and has to sell his car to pay the lease fees.

About a week ago, the person that Chris had a Contract previously with called Chris and American Idol and told them that he still had a valid contract. ( I have the managers name, but won’t post it) Chris said that no, he was released from his contract, but couldn’t find his copy of the release

Yesterday there was a flurry of telephone calls between Chris and Patrick Linn, Steve Lowe, Joe Wills and Andy Stinson (All AI, 19, or Fox big wigs).

Patrick Lynn called Chris at 5 pm yesterday and told him that he was out for not proving that he no longer had a valid contract. Patrick Lynn told Chris that he was Patrick’s favorite contestant, but there was nothing he could do.

Right after hanging up the phone, the old manager FINALLY found the contract release. He emailed it to all above as well as to Chris. Now, no one will take his call. They even told him that since he made the top 46, he could not try out again next year (WTF, this is news to me)

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56 Comments

  1. What is with these cut contestants twittering about idol? I thought there was some sort of gag order in their contract. I hope they sue the hell out of Samantha.

  2. What is with these cut contestants twittering about idol? I thought there was some sort of gag order in their contract. I hope they sue the hell out of Samantha.

    Is she under contract, though? They might be able to sue Chris for talking, perhaps, but mj’s post says she was S7, so why would she be under contract?

  3. I don’t see why they would sue her because she didn’t talk about anything related to her Idol stint and it was back in Season 7. It makes me laugh that Idol thinks they can sneak stuff like this past viewers. It’s kind of ridiculous. I’d also like to see more consistency with how they disqualify contestants but that will never happen.

  4. Is she under contract, though? They might be able to sue Chris for talking, perhaps, but mj’s post says she was S7, so why would she be under contract?

    Samantha tried out again this year too, I think she was in room 2

  5. Samantha tried out again this year too, I think she was in room 2

    Hmm, I guess if there’s a confidentiality agreement, she’s probably going to get a nasty letter from a lawyer LOL.

    And, hasn’t it been established that the story about Michael Lynche’s dad was bogus? So, Samantha needs a better argument.

  6. Wasn’t the whole rumor about Big Mike being DQ’d proven to be false? Yet people are still running with it as if it were true. How does Samantha know he broke the contract rules? Sounds like a bunch of sour grapes to me.

    Eh. I heard Golightly’s stuff on his myspace and wasn’t impressed. It does seem like a weak reason to let him go, but TPTB can do what they want. If I were him, I wouldn’t even waste my time trying to sue. Suck it up and move on.

  7. YAY
    He is boring and pathetic. I’m glad he got cut, for whatever reason :)

  8. Samantha tried out again this year too, I think she was in room 2

    Aaaaaaah! I missed that. Ok, then she’s probably under contract. I don’t really know how the Hollywood contract differentiates from the Top 36 contract or anything, but I’d bet there was an obligation there.

  9. m

    ilajoy:
    02/18/2010 at 12:30 am
    MJ, I just talked to Chris for an hour on the phone:

    http://www.joesplaceblog.com/2010/02/i-just-got-off-the-phone-with-chris-golightly-american-idol-9s-first-victim/

    All I can say is WOW – that is absolutely horrible. Many people aren’t so organized with papers that they can produce one in a minute’s notice. I feel badly for Chris.

    I’m not sure what good it will do to hire an attorney to go up against AI. It’s their show, right? They absolutely should let him try out again. For goodness sake, Angela Martin was there 3 times in Hollywood

  10. IDK why that block quote went in there for my comment and I can’t edit it out. Sorry.

  11. If he really wasn’t under contract, then they need to make it a top 25, and then have a double elimination one week, just like they did last year with the top 13.

  12. I don’t doubt Joesplace talked to him, although it is weird he would just send his phone number out to someone he didn’t know, but I don’t completely trust Chris’s story. Why would the idol producer tell him he was his favorite contestant? That just seems like a slap in the face. Why would the top 46 from this season not be able to come back next year when the recent rule has been that they can come back and try out again? How did they fly out Tim and edit him into the episode in 1 day? Why would the manager finally contact Idol with the release from the contract? It wouldn’t be up to him to prove that he has been released, and it wouldn’t be advantageous to him at all. If Chris was one of the best why wasn’t he shown at all last week before this contract issue supposedly even came up?

  13. gangreen29:

    although it is weird he would just send his phone number out to someone he didn’t know, but I don’t completely trust Chris’s story. Why would the idol producer tell him he was his favorite contestant? That just seems like a slap in the face. Why would the top 46 from this season not be able to come back next year when the recent rule has been that they can come back and try out again? How did they fly out Tim and edit him into the episode in 1 day? Why would the manager finally contact Idol with the release from the contract? It wouldn’t be up to him to prove that he has been released, and it wouldn’t be advantageous to him at all. If Chris was one of the best why wasn’t he shown at all last week before this contract issue supposedly even came up?
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    Yeah what the hell is really going on?!!?!?!

  14. I agree, Undercooked. Just make it the Top 25 and be done with it. This ‘tag’ over supposed contracts is specious. There must be some other underlying reason. Pity. I really liked Chris. And if he’s really prevented from auditioning next year…that’s just bad all ’round.

  15. This is Joesplace (milajoy is my real name for those that dont know) anyway, I asked to be friended then I messaged him and asked what happened. He didnt know I was Joesplace at that time. He said “if you wanna know what happened call this number…” I thought I was calling an AI complaint line but he answered the phone. The kid seems really innocent…why else would he give some stranger his number…lol

  16. The manager was initially throwing a fit and wanted a piece of chris. I think the manager thought Chris was still under contract

  17. The manager was initially throwing a fit and wanted a piece of chris. I think the manager thought Chris was still under contract

    But see, that is the sketchiest part of his story to me, what would the manager have to gain by producing the contract release? The burden of proof would be on Chris to prove he had been released from the contract.

  18. And, hasn’t it been established that the story about Michael Lynche’s dad was bogus? So, Samantha needs a better argument.

    Well it could be it was true but the producers came up with a way to correct the situation so the Michael could stay in the competition because they like him and his just being a dad and all. It is a great story and one that I don’t think is out of the realm of possibility that they would cover it up. Especially that I believe his dad got caught up and made a mistake if he did do it. Anything is possible.

  19. Um, not that I like the guy or anything, but if he’s released from the contract and it was a whole big misunderstanding, then Idol should let him compeate. At the very least, acknowlage it.
    Poor Tim Urban. The other contestants had a lot more time to prepare their songs and he’s only got less than a week. They’re really sticking him in the “cannon fodder” slot.

  20. TFLS:
    02/18/2010 at 1:19 am

    I agree, Undercooked. Just make it the Top 25 and be done with it. This ‘tag’ over supposed contracts is specious. There must be some other underlying reason. Pity. I really liked Chris. And if he’s really prevented from auditioning next year…that’s just bad all ’round.

    Well just like on SYTYCD they can if they want to give a special override on the rule especially if he was somehow disqualified because they did not get full disclosure to see that he was no longer in contract and a mistake happened. They could say that is the reason he would be allowed to try out again next year. At this point it maybe two late to change anything even having a top 25. This is all speculation on my part just so you all are aware.

  21. Well it could be it was true but the producers came up with a way to correct the situation so the Michael could stay in the competition because they like him and his just being a dad and all. It is a great story and one that I don’t think is out of the realm of possibility that they would cover it up. Especially that I believe his dad got caught up and made a mistake if he did do it. Anything is possible.

    But the reason the story was supposedly bogus is that Michael hasn’t spoken to his dad in years, and only found out he was in the top 24 from spoilers. Idol producers are dastardly but I don’t think they can rewrite family history

  22. The manager was initially throwing a fit and wanted a piece of chris. I think the manager thought Chris was still under contract

    So it sounds the manager was mistaken… and was the whole cause of this whole mess, thus ruining EVERYTHING for Chris, causing him a big loss in potential future income. Wonder if like Chris could sue this manager instead. Of course the AI folk have deeper pockets, but somehow I don’t think Chris’ lawyers would fare too well against 19-Evil’s bigwig lawyers…

    What is with these cut contestants twittering about idol? I thought there was some sort of gag order in their contract.

    Samantha tried out again this year too, I think she was in room 2

    I’m wondering about the twitter situation too. I checked who all Samantha was following on her twitter page, and she’s following a bunch of S9 contestants. All the cut ones look open and active, while all the contestants in top 24 are protected. So I’m assuming AI is allowing contestants to keep their twitter accounts, but they have to keep them locked, and they cannot tweet while they’re still in contention… but they can tweet as soon as they’re off?

  23. This part of the Joe’s Place account makes no sense to me. First he says:

    About a week ago, the person that Chris had a Contract previously with called Chris and American Idol and told them that he still had a valid contract.

    Then:

    Right after hanging up the phone, the old manager FINALLY found the contract release. He emailed it to all above as well as to Chris.

    What’s up with “the old magager FINALLY found the contract release,” when he’s the one stirred up trouble in the first place by claiming there was no release? Why was he so sure the contract was still valid when he made the first call? If he had never made that call, none of this would have ever happened. Very suspicious, and very confusing.

  24. But the reason the story was supposedly bogus is that Michael hasn’t spoken to his dad in years, and only found out he was in the top 24 from spoilers. Idol producers are dastardly but I don’t think they can rewrite family history

    I agree with you there but I couldn’t help at first to think…. Yeah they could…. LOL

  25. So it sounds the manager was mistaken… and was the whole cause of this whole mess, thus ruining EVERYTHING for Chris, causing him a big loss in potential future income. Wonder if like Chris could sue this manager instead. Of course the AI folk have deeper pockets, but somehow I don’t think Chris’ lawyers would fare too well against 19-Evil’s bigwig lawyers

    I don’t know I think the manager is a sleazeball. I think he saw a way to try to tap into get some money thinking that they may pay him off to buy out of the contract. Remember all the crap that happened with Adam and supposed past managers or signed contracts. Adam probably was just more organized and had copies. Oh yeah and remember the supposed signed contract the HI FI supposedly had. Didn’t go anywhere. So I don’t think the manager was mistaken I think he was just greedy!

  26. I don’t know I think the manager is a sleazeball. I think he saw a way to try to tap into get some money thinking that they may pay him off to buy out of the contract.

    In that case, all the more reason to SUE HIM! Haha, sue the manager, yes!

  27. If Chris sued the manager, it’s possible that the manager has some kind of insurance for malpractice or professional negligence or an umbrella policy of some kind. Calling a show and insisting your former client is under a contract that entitles you to a cut of his earnings (or whatever the manager’s angle was), and as a result ending the client’s opportunities to stay on the show, seems like malpractice or negligence or intentional interference with Chris’s opportunities.

  28. My last comment was redundant, sorry, I hadn’t read all of the thread yet.

    I always thought that the stipulation was that you couldn’t be under a RECORDING contract when you audition for AI, I don’t ever recall hearing anything about a management contract disqualifying anyone from auditioning. So I think the underlying issue isn’t the contract itself, but Chris’ supposed non-disclosure of it. Whether or not the contract was still valid, if Chris failed to mention it (which seems to be in dispute), that could be reason enough to DQ him. Not a very good reason, but one that would hold up in court.

  29. this is a tv show. and i’m sure their contract says something along the lines of you can be dq’s for any and all reasons. i don’t think chris will get diddle-squat from ai. i won’t try to piss them off. they are powerful and can destroy careers. or so i think. but the old manager, is an a*s! he is a sleazeball to the extreme.

    oh, and is it wrong to be excited that tim urban is competing. i liked him. i saw potential. hope he doesn’t disappoint.

  30. Same with suing Chris’ manager: To get compensations, Chris should prove that he actually suffered monetary losses from his actions, and since there is no way to prove that he would have ended with iTunes sales or the Idol tour, the point is moot.

    uh, no. They get paid to be on the show too. Besides which, he gave up his apartment in readiness to move to Hollywood for the duration, where he would be supported by the show until elimination. There’s damages there. However, the only one he could get money out of would be the old manager, assuming the old contract really was expired and/or old paperwork is produced showing he was released prior to the start of AI filming.

    “So far, Idol producers have not commented on this developing story. But they’re going to have to soon… Did they think Idol fans wouldn’t figure this out? They should have addressed it on air.”

    I disagree. Thirty million people watch the show. Only a few thousand are following this kerfluffle on the internet. There is absolutely nothing for AI to gain by bringing further attention to this. If they say nothing, discussion will die off as the competition continues.

  31. Boy. Sounds like Chris just never seems to catch himself a break. That manager smacks a bit of the company that tried to make some bucks off of Adam Lambert. Then there’s what happened with ‘Pants on the Ground’. The poor guy got it hijacked right from under him – lock, stock and barrel. He’s had to hire a lawyer to straighten the mess out. There are always people willing to do anything for fame or money. Chris seems to have been caught up in someone else’s greed. Pity Idol won’t bend some rules. I still can’t help but think there’s more to this story. Why walk away from an obviously talented guy like Chris? He could make them money; and after all – money is what it’s all about – not fostering talent. That why ‘pretty’ so often overrides ‘talent’ (cue long-legged blonds). Though you’d think Susan Boyle would have disabused TPTB of that canard.

  32. wow that sucks! its a shame that it says chris couldn’t find his copy of the release but that just goes to show that whatever contract you sign, you need to make sure your copy is safe (and scanned). i bet he learnt a big lesson with this experience. g

    i’m not overly sad he is not taking part cos i never liked his audition. tim urban is ok and cute, hope he develops his confidence and performance skills cos i really liked his voice.

  33. Sounds fishy to me, but on Chris’s end not Idols. Can’t fnd the release…. Then presto the mgr who caused the problem magically finds it, making him the bad guy not Chris. I wonder if Chris made some back yard deal with the manager. Chris now gets all this press, he has a sob story, peeps feel sorry for him, he’ll be on every TV show, and he’s free to sign with any label/mgmt and probably won’t have to wait a year to record.

    Most watchers of AI won’t care. It’s just a TV show to them, and like it or not, the contestants are “cast” on the show.

  34. All I can say is WOW – that is absolutely horrible. Many people aren’t so organized with papers that they can produce one in a minute’s notice. I feel badly for Chris.

    Lesson for all of us- you’d better get “organized with papers”.
    Digital files, too. Dedicate at least one day every few months or so to getting things together. Form good habits and it will save your ass someday.

  35. Oh well… I thought Chris was terrible and really, really did not like him. I’m glad Tim is there now!

  36. It looks like they gave him ample time to come up with that release. The final HW show was re-edited after the CC was added. There was a go to commercial segment where the captions said “After the break, John Park and Tim Urban go head to head.” I was sure that was the rumored John/Tim sing-off. But, that never materialized on the show. So they must have edited Chris and the John/Tim sing-off, out last minute.

  37. I think the show likes having lots of minor controversies in the early round. Golightly’s deal is like a combination of Pacitti (showbiz shenanigans) plus Josiah Leming (sad kid in tough circumstances).

    If he’s lucky, Orphan will get talked about on The View and local TV and get a job.

  38. Sounds fishy to me, but on Chris’s end not Idols. Can’t fnd the release…. Then presto the mgr who caused the problem magically finds it, making him the bad guy not Chris.

    When was Chris the bad guy? The manager was the one who contacted Idol about the old contract in the first place. He was obviously just trying to get something for himself out of it.

    I wonder if Chris made some back yard deal with the manager. Chris now gets all this press, he has a sob story, peeps feel sorry for him, he’ll be on every TV show, and he’s free to sign with any label/mgmt and probably won’t have to wait a year to record.

    Hard to believe the kid would go through the whole pressurized Idol process up to Top 24 just to get disqualified on purpose at this point with very little to gain from it.

  39. Shame for Chris Golightly that this happened and that his old manager suddenly surfaced to try to take a piece of the action. Really unfortunate is that he talked with an Idol blogger completely dashing any hopes of a change of heart on AI’s part to make things right.

    As far as others who had made it to Hollywood but were cut and are tweeting. A friend’s son was in Season 5. He wasn’t allowed to talk about his involvement until after the finalists were revealed, after that there were no restrictions on him. He got cut in Hollywood.

    As far as editing is concerned, that can be and IS done up until an hour before the show airs.

  40. “So far, Idol producers have not commented on this developing story. But they’re going to have to soon… Did they think Idol fans wouldn’t figure this out? They should have addressed it on air.”

    I disagree. Thirty million people watch the show. Only a few thousand are following this kerfluffle on the internet. There is absolutely nothing for AI to gain by bringing further attention to this. If they say nothing, discussion will die off as the competition continues

    .

    I don’t think this is going to die. Yes, at this hour only the Idol die hards know what happened. But Chris is talking and said he would talk to reporters. That’s a risky strategy, because that in and of itself breaks his Idol contract. And yes, I’m sure contractually Idol holds all the cards.

    But the producer’s weakness is that they have tried to deal with this issue by stonewalling. First, not mentioning it on the show. Second by avoiding a press release afterwards, dispite being inudated with requests for a statement by multiple Idol journalists. Third, by finally issuing a terse statement after most East Coast deadlines had passed and only acknowledging that the substitution happened.

    This is classic “the cover up is worse than the crime” territory. If Chris is willing to talk details while Idol has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the conversation, there is a multi-day story here. One that Fox-19E-Freemantle doesn’t want to have. That gives Chris some power. But he needs an ace PR and legal team to pull it off, and if his goal is to get back on the show, he has to avoid a scorched earth strategy. Otherwise he will have a miserable time if he goes back to Idol.

  41. Idol just needs to learn to live with spoilers and get their ducks in a row.

    If they’d run Hollywood week back in November, they would have had time to sort out the legal issues. I remember back when Taylor had feuds with ex-managers/labels/whatever, the information came out at the time that the Idols in the top 48 had been instructed to spend the next couple of months making sure that their old contracts were in fact expired. This included writing official letters to others confirming that the contracts were no longer in effect (leaving no question that some option might have been left open).

    Putting Hollywood Week so close to the start of the season gave people very little time to sort out any sort of contract issues. Anybody who has been trying to break into the biz for a while probably has had some sort of contract with some bottom-feeder in the industry. Those contracts are often kind of fuzzy and fly-by-night. They need to be clearly cut-off in order to avoid future problems (or found in the bottom of some moving box in the Idol’s parent’s attic).

  42. I always thought that the stipulation was that you couldn’t be under a RECORDING contract when you audition for AI, I don’t ever recall hearing anything about a management contract disqualifying anyone from auditioning. So I think the underlying issue isn’t the contract itself, but Chris’ supposed non-disclosure of it. Whether or not the contract was still valid, if Chris failed to mention it (which seems to be in dispute), that could be reason enough to DQ him. Not a very good reason, but one that would hold up in court.

    Yeah, I don’t think Chris has a leg to stand on with this when it comes to suing 19. But, wow! That ex-manager! Of course, we’re only hearing Golightly’s version of the story. Maybe he was/is still under contract with this guy. Because, you know what? I find it incredibly suspicious that he couldn’t find his release papers.

  43. Of course, we’re only hearing Golightly’s version of the story. Maybe he was/is still under contract with this guy. Because, you know what? I find it incredibly suspicious that he couldn’t find his release papers.

    I agree! There’s got to be something about this whole thing we don’t know yet. A contract release is extremely important. Most people would attach it to their copy of the contract and put both in a place they could practically find blindfolded.

    And I’ve got to wonder if AI might have more reason for DQing Chris than just the contract.

  44. But the producer’s weakness is that they have tried to deal with this issue by stonewalling. First, not mentioning it on the show. Second by avoiding a press release afterwards, dispite being inudated with requests for a statement by multiple Idol journalists. Third, by finally issuing a terse statement after most East Coast deadlines had passed and only acknowledging that the substitution happened.

    I think, out of 30 million Idol viewers, a couple thousand will give a damn about this story. It might make the mainstream press, but who’s really going to care?

  45. If they’d run Hollywood week back in November, they would have had time to sort out the legal issues.

    Let’s say the manager didn’t realize Chris was auditioning for Idol until the show airs in January, and decides to call AI after seeing Chris on TV. Holding Hollywood week in January wouldn’t have given Chris or AI any additional time to sort out the contract. Between November and January, Chris would’ve still sat pretty thinking he was in the clear, not realizing trouble was afoot as soon as his manager sees him on TV. Idol would still have decided to cut Chris last minute, and had to re-edit Hollywood week, last minute. I dunno, shit happens. I don’t think holding Hollywood week early would’ve necessarily prevented something like this.

  46. I don’t think this is going to die. Yes, at this hour only the Idol die hards know what happened. But Chris is talking and said he would talk to reporters. That’s a risky strategy, because that in and of itself breaks his Idol contract. And yes, I’m sure contractually Idol holds all the cards.

    But the producer’s weakness is that they have tried to deal with this issue by stonewalling. First, not mentioning it on the show. Second by avoiding a press release afterwards, dispite being inudated with requests for a statement by multiple Idol journalists. Third, by finally issuing a terse statement after most East Coast deadlines had passed and only acknowledging that the substitution happened.

    This is classic “the cover up is worse than the crime” territory. If Chris is willing to talk details while Idol has to be dragged kicking and screaming into the conversation, there is a multi-day story here. One that Fox-19E-Freemantle doesn’t want to have. That gives Chris some power. But he needs an ace PR and legal team to pull it off, and if his goal is to get back on the show, he has to avoid a scorched earth strategy. Otherwise he will have a miserable time if he goes back to Idol.

    Still disagree. First, even as Chris tells the story, AI hasn’t done anything terribly egregious. Just look at all our responses here. The only people that are up in arms are AI reporters because of the lack of response from the producers to their queries. Yeah, a few people feel sorry for the dude. A few more, like me, seem to be thinking that’s the breaks and he was either (a) an idiot not to keep contract release statements at hand or (b) he really was still under contract and he made some under the table deal with his old management for them to produce a release. Either way idol is casting a show and obviously decided for whatever reason they didn’t want him in the top 24. This part isn’t up for audience vote. The guy needs to take this as a life lesson and move on. For this story to really blow up, you have to have a good amount of people that care. I just don’t see that….at least not in a way that that gets people mad at AI. And this response is from the more zealous AI fans. The general public will care even less.

    At most I’d be interested to hear if Chris talks to reporters about his idol experience in order to gain more of an insight about what goes on behind the scenes. But I really don’t care at all whether or not he gets on the show. And if his violating of his contract and talking about things he’s agreed not to means he’ll be in a world of legal hurt, that’s his decision and he’ll have to decide whether the fallout is worth it.

  47. A little bit off the subject but why wasn’t Thaddius (spelling) the singer the one to replace Chris. TPTB made it seem that the Thaddius was sort of the last one cut and he did basically nothing wrong..yadda. I personally don’t remember Urban and didn’t love Thaddius so it’s not that I want one over the other but I just just wondering.
    Also that poor girl Angela with the disabled child, the father murdered, the jail time, and now her mother missing….what’s up with that? She’s made it to about that level what like 3 times and they keep sending her home at the 11th hour? Then Kara gives her the speech about you have to keep going?!? If she could sing, why didn’t they let her go through this time? It just didn’t sit well with me to dangle the carrot for the 3rd time’ coupled with Kara’s speech..I don’t know what to think. My heart went out to her is all I can say.

  48. I think, out of 30 million Idol viewers, a couple thousand will give a damn about this story. It might make the mainstream press, but who’s really going to care?

    Not me. At this point in the process, these people are all interchangable to me. I don’t care if it’s Chris or Tim in the Top 24. I couldn’t identify either of them in a lineup.

    I agree with Kirsten that AI should give these contestants more time to get their duckies in a row. Other than that, while it’s unfortunate for Chris, I think it will be a non-issue for most voters.

    I don’t see the point in suing 19 either. I can’t imagine there’s much to be gained by taking that road.

  49. Why is he hiring a lawyer? Idol most likely has covered their butts twenty different ways on issues with contestants like this. I can’t imagine Idol not having high end lawyers themselves who have protected them against most everything. He’s probably even signed stuff giving them the right to do this. He should have told them about the contract. At this point, I don’t think there is anything he can do.

  50. Chris is being a moron, an entitled moron. And his retaining a lawyer is a waste of time and money on his part.

  51. While I agree that Idol is probably “legally” covered here, the show has to maintain it’s integrity with the public. The Idol blogs do appear on a lot of mainstream websites so I really think that 19 has to address this further. You can’t use blogs to promote the show on one hand and stonewall it on the other. They may be right…who knows.

    I don’t have any “fan” thoughts one way or the other about Chris, but if he honestly got the shaft it sucks. You can’t really say you don’t care because “this” time it was someone you didn’t like and then complain the “next” time it happens to your favorite. Calling someone a “moron” at this point is a little bit over the top…IMHO.

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