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Cape Breton Post - - ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT - BY LYNN ELBER Amer­i­can Idol

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

The As­so­ci­ated Press

In this pub­lic­ity im­age re­leased by Fox, the 24 fi­nal­ists for the ninth sea­son of the re­al­ity singing com­pe­ti­tion are shown.

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