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Shoe Salesman Chris Golightly Is Disqualified From 'American Idol' Top 24, Replaced By Tim Urban

Thu, February 18, 2010 8:23pm EST by Add first Comment

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Can you imagine getting as far as the top 24 but then getting disqualified because of paperwork confusion? That sucks!

Chris Golightly, a 25-year-old shoe salesman from Los Angeles, finally had a shot at his dream when he was chosen as one of American Idol’s Season 9 24 contestants. But that opportunity was stripped from the aspiring singer when producers discovered he had broken the cardinal American Idol rule: no recording contracts.

However, Chris told the fansite JoesPlaceBlog, while he DID have a previous contract deal with the boy band D.R.E.A.M. 5, it ended in June 2009. Unfortunately, he couldn’t find proof his contract had expired and Idol producers replaced him quickly (and quietly) with 20-year-old Tim Urban from Urbanville, TX.

“This is not fair. I don’t know what to do,” Chris told USA Today Feb. 18, explaining he had given up all of his possessions — including his car and his apartment — to compete on the show.

Executive producer and judge Simon Cowell told reporters Feb. 18 he won’t miss the curly-haired musician.

“Kara was completely and utterly besotted with him. I wasn’t quite so keen on him,” the snarky judge, 50, admitted. “He wasn’t as strong as he was on his first audition. I don’t have a clue why he’s been removed from the competition. It’s a shame for him. He needed this opportunity.”

As upsetting this is for Chris, we bet Tim Urban’s counting his blessings. Talk about a close call!

Did YOU notice the American Idol switch up during the episode Feb. 17?

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