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said Golightly was replaced because he was “ineligible to continue in the competition.” No further explanation was provided.
Golightly is ineligible to return for another shot at American Idol next season because he was dropped at the semifinals stage of the contest, the person close to the show said.
The change was apparent to viewers, since Golightly was seen among the 24 semifinalists on stage toward the end of Wednesday’s episode but was not in a shot of the 12 male singers who are advancing.
The curly haired Golightly joins a string of Idol contestants who emerged from the thousands who audition nationwide, only to be disappointed when the show decides their work or personal history is a problem.
Last season, Joanna Pacitti was shown advancing to the top 36 after “Hollywood Week” but was later replaced by Felicia Barton. Pacitti released an album in 2006 and had ties to 19 Entertainment, which produces Idol with FremantleMedia North America. She was also deemed “ineligible to continue” in a Fox news release.
In contrast, the singing competition allowed past contestants David Hernandez and Antonella
Barba to stay on after it surfaced that he once worked as a nightclub stripper, and racy photos that appeared to be her leaked online. And Nikki McKibbin says she was upfront with Idol producers about her stripping past before she became a finalist during the show’s first season.
The ninth season of American Idol moves on to live performances next week.
The group of male semifinalists revealed Wednesday include Andrew Garcia, 24, Moreno Valley, Calif.; Tyler Grady, 20, Nazareth, Pa.; Alex Lambert, 19, North Richland Hills, Texas; Joe Munoz, 20, Huntington Park, Calif.; John Park, 21, Evanston, Ill.; and Jermaine Sellers, 27, Joliet, Ill.
The female semifinalists were Crystal Bowersox, 24, Toledo, Ohio; Lacey Brown, 24, Amarillo, Texas; Michelle Delamor, 22, Miami; Siobhan Magnus, 20, Marstons Mills, Mass.; Paige Miles, 24, Houston, Texas; Ashley Rodriguez, 22, Chelsea, Mass.; Lilly Scott, 20, Denver; Katie Stevens, 17, Middlebury, Conn.; Haeley Vaughn, 16, Fort Collins, Colo., and Janell Wheeler, 24, Tampa, Fla.
The previously announced semifinalists were Didi Benami, 23, Los Angeles; Lee Dewyze, 23, Mount Prospect, Ill.; Katelyn Epperly, 19, West Des Moines, Iowa; Aaron Kelly, 16, Sonestown, Pa.; Casey James, 27, Fort Worth, Texas; Todrick Hall, 24, Arlington, Texas; and Michael “Big Mike” Lynche, 26, Astoria, N.Y.
The top 12 women will perform live next Tuesday with the top 12 men taking the stage live We d n e s d a y . Viewer votes will determine which two women and two men will be eliminated.
We didn’t quite have enough audience for two floors of readings at Governor’s this past Tuesday for the second Authors With Glasses evening, but we filled the upstairs to the brim to listen to Donna Troicuk ( Loose Pearls) and Susan Zettell ( The Check Out Girl) and a rocking open mic session.
Maybe on March 16, when Bill Connall ( Rock In The Water) and Leslie Crewe ( Hit & Missus) take the stage, we will have a literary double decker.
I use “we” because Wendy Martin of the CBC and I shared the emcee duties.
This event’s success reminded me how much Cape Bretoners value books and reading as an essential part of their lives.
In an email promoting the launch of Dr. Richard MacKinnon’s new book of essays, Discovering Cape Breton Folklore, a two-line addendum informed that next week is Freedom To Read Week.
Visiting the event’s website, I discover Freedom to Read Week is an annual event that encourages Canadians to think about and reaffirm their commitment to intellectual freedom, which is guaranteed them under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It is organized by the Freedom of Expression C omm i t t e e (www.freedomtoread.ca/who_we _are/index.asp) of the Book and Periodical Council
In this publicity image released by Fox, the 24 finalists for the ninth season of the reality singing competition are shown.