Chris Golightly: American Idol Hopeful

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So it begins.

While we're still two weeks away from the January 12 premiere of American Idol, THG has uncovered an early contestant to keep an eye on: Chris Golightly.

The Justin Guarini (and Sideshow Bob) lookalike is featured in a new commercial for season nine. We can confirm that he receives a golden ticket to Hollywood and that he has a great voice.

Why else might Golightly advance far on Idol? Two words: great backstory.

The singer refers to himself as "Orphan" because, well, he actually is one. Golightly says he was raised in various foster homes and turned to music when he was six because he could tell his story through singing. Might that story conclude with an American Idol title?

It's a tad early to know for sure, but check out snippets of his audition below...

** UPDATE: Sources reveal that Golightly has advanced to the final 24 on season nine.

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hi my name is Somi. I live Korea.
I first saw you when I watched SSK3.
I was really surprised because of your voice!
I've never heard that beautiful voice since I was born!
then I decided to be your fan:)
You know? I everyday listen your songs whenever I walk around and download your pics.
plz come to Gangdonggucheon! why you always go myungdong? lol
Anyway I hope you do well at next concert:)
Dont forget I everyday encourage you. bye! Plz visit your fancafe....^^*

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This is for those of you calling Chris a con artist and a liar.
How many of you were raised without the warmth and love of mother or father...Can you even imagine how that must feel! no one to give a crap about Santas and Easter bunnies and all the fantasies children should be experiencing! Sounds to me like he will do anything to fight for his life. It is a good thing because no one else has fought for him.
I don't even know him but I can empathise with his lifes condition.
Good luck to you son.

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hahaha!!! i told you chris is a con artist..don't buy that shit about lost expired contract..he kept that contract on the side just in case idol didn't go through..i know him..i know how he is..he's a liar..karma is a biatch!! what goes around comes around playa!! roflmfao!! serves him right!! pay back for what you put me through..ha!! now we're even..

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It's pretty messed up. He didnt lie about his past just because he didn't tell the judges he was out of contrast and probably didnt think about it. Its messed up they disqualified him when he had proof he was out of contract! its not fair they need to give him the spot he earned! he is so talented and he has had a hard life and for once he has something to be proud of He deserves his spot back. He was picked over that other guy for a reason!

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So much for being a positive inspiration...ah ha!! he has been disqualified people!! for hiding info about his past...hahahahahaa thats what u get when u don't come clean

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UNCLE CHRIS THIS IS RAENISHA IM SO HAPPY THAT YOU MADE IT DID YOU KNOW THAT I HAVE A 5MOUTH YEAR OLD BABY GIRL I WILL LOVE THAT WHEN YOU WIN THAT YOU CAN SEE HER AND I LOVE YOU I CANT WAIT TO SEE YOY I MISS YOU!!

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Chris Golightly:)
One of my favorite people on American Idol '10. Chris has an amazing voice and this one's for you, i hope your remember me [Jennifer's little cousin] am really happy you made it to hollywood and i hope you make it far(: , all other comments: you guys are stupid, what if your guys went through a tough life like that, what if behind all his follishness he really cares, you have to give him a chance and stop being such eager bitches. I'm only 14 &' im proud too see Chris make it(:

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As far as the auditions are concerned, it only gets the contestants to Hollywood. From that point, the judges seek carefully as to who has what it takes to be the next American Idol. Unfortunately, it comes down to the top 12. Once the top 12 is selected, it is up to the viewers who will get an opportunity to vote for the one in becoming the 'Real Deal'.

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watched his audition..his whole act on tv was so not sincere at all..anybody who can not see how unreal he was on tv is really fooled..he got randy and kara fooled big time..he came out the door no real excitement at making it..there's something fishy about him..i go with simon and katy’s small “y�s..

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He has worked hard on maintaining a career and this time around I hope he goes all the way. Wishing you all the best Chris.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]