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'Idol' Semifinalist -- The Contract that DQ'd Him

2/23/2010 4:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" semifinalist Chris Golightly said he hadn't broken any rules when "Idol" producers axed him from the Top 24 last week -- but it appears he did ... and TMZ has the contract that proves it.

Chris Golightly and Contract

The document in question -- between Chris and recording company Dream Projects Entertainment -- was signed on May 30, 2009 ... exactly one month before Golightly's audition at the Rose Bowl in L.A. Under the deal Golightly has an exclusive, two-year commitment with DPE.

But according to the Season 9 "Idol" release ... Golightly guaranteed he would have no recording or management commitments by the time he got to a semifinals. It appears Golightly didn't keep his promise.

Golightly will hold a news conference today at 9:30 AM PST ... claiming he was released from his DPE contract before the "Idol" deadline ... and begging for a second chance to compete on the show.

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