February 25, 2010 08:00 AM by Nancy Floyd
The semi-final round ofÂ American Idol is underway as a new crop of Idol wannabes vie for a position on theÂ FOX reality competition, but two recently ousted contestants are creating names for themselves on their own. Chris Golightly and Angela Martin, singers who were thisclose to makingÂ American Idol‘s Top 24 are launching their own careers, no thanks to theÂ FOX singing competition. Keep reading to find out about the exciting projects they have in the works…
American Idol competitor, Chris Golightly was a chosen member of this season’s Top 24 before being disqualified by producers for not disclosing the details about a previous recording contract. The singer was replaced in the semi-finals by Tim Urban, but not before receiving his fair share of media attention. Now Golightly, the Orange county native who grew up in foster care, is using that momentum to shop an autobiography titled Orphan.
According to the Golightly’s friend, Thomas Barber,Â ”Chris was approached by several writers after his heartwarming audition onÂ American Idol, but due to his commitment to A.I., Chris turned them down.” Barber wrote a one-page synopsis for Orphan which begins by stating, “Born into an abusive home, Chris and his sisters were taken by authorities and removed permanently from their parentsâ€™ custody when Chris was only 18 months old. The journey that follows takes Chris into the nightmarish homes of abusive foster parents, into corrupt orphanages and boys homes, and ultimately into the loving hands of God.”Â The proposal also promises to includeÂ ”copies of the official documents that prove Chris should not have been disqualified fromÂ American Idol.”
Another hopeful on this season ofÂ American Idol, Angela Martin, who was rejected during Hollywood Week for the third time, also has big plans for her future…and some major celebrity support! The singer was invited to be a guest on TheEllen DeGeneres Show where the talk show host (andÂ American Idol judge) delivered some big news: fellow judge,Â Kara DioGuardi wants to write and produce a song for Martin!
“[DioGuardi] is going to write you a song. You’re going into a studio and she’s going to produce a song for you,” DeGeneres told Martin during the show. “We’re going to get you a record label.”
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