'American Idol' Contestant Dropped from Top 24

We saw curly-haired Chris Golightly get the "yes" from American Idol judges -- informing him that he was going through to the Top 24 -- but Golightly was noticeably absent when the full list of the contenders was revealed at the end of Wednesday night's episode. So, what happened?

In a statement, Fox said: "It has been determined that Chris Golightly is ineligible to continue in the competition. American Idol contestant Tim Urban has replaced Golightly as part of the Top 24."

But, why? Well, that's still unclear.

The network has no comment on why Golightly is "ineligible." But Ryan Seacrest told his Twitter followers that Golightly "must have broken a rule or maybe had previous deal."

A source close the talent show has told Us Weekly that Golightly had a prior recording contract, which he "did not disclose" to producers during the audition process.

"This is not about whether or not the contract in question was either active or inactive or valid," the source said. "It's crucial you tell the truth in the audition process... That is why he's being disqualified."

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