A top-24 American Idol 9 contestant may have already been disqualified and replaced. (Most of the top 24 has already been identified.)
According to generally reliable Idol spoiler Joe’s Place, Michael Lynche, who “was rumored to be THE favorite in Hollywood this year,” may have been “disqualified for breaking the confidentially agreement that American Idol makes all contestants sign, and was replaced by top 50 contestant, Antwan Michael.”
There’s no immediate evidence that he broke the agreement, but his father confirmed yesterday to to the St. Petersburg Times’ Eric Deggans that his son made it to Hollywood. He wasn’t featured in the Orlando audition episode this week.
Lynche’s brother, by the way, Marque Lynche, Jr., made it to the semi-finals during the third season.
Update: More on this rumor, which was spread and distorted by the media.