Chris Golightly was under contract with a record company that was willing to release him

Disqualified American Idol contestant Chris Golightly wasn’t eligible to audition for American Idol because he signed a two-year contract on May 30, 2009, according to the record company, although that company was willing to release Chris.

“They did advise Chris that as long as we released him, he’d be fine. They told him that last Friday. And we were prepared then, that night, at any time, to release him,” Dream Projects Entertainment’s Lawrence Franklin told USA TODAY. “We asked [19 Entertainment] for release documents, and they were supposed to send them over last Friday. We were prepared to give our own release documents, but after waiting on the attorneys from 19 to send over their paperwork, time kind of ran out for Chris.” He also said, “We did want Chris to succeed. We want him to continue. I don’t think it’s fair how they’re doing him.”

An attorney for 19 Entertainment wrote to an American Idol attorney on Feb. 11 that “If the contract exists there will be no option other than to disqualify Chris.” Earlier, Chris told his story to the paper, and USA TODAY reports that a show “attorney called him last night and told him he his ouster took place because he hadn’t been forthcoming about his contract.”

In other words, regardless of whether he could be released now or not, he wasn’t honest on his application and was under contract when he applied and auditioned and went to Hollywood. It sounds like he just didn’t follow the rules.

Chris Golightly was under contract, says recording company head and Chris Golightly: “This is not fair; I don’t know what to do” [USA TODAY]

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