"American Idol" contestant Chris Golightly was dropped from the top 24 semifinalists because of a "lack of veracity" during the audition process, a person close to the Fox TV show said Thursday.

Golightly didn't disclose that he'd had a music contract, a point on which all contestants are queried because singers with current deals are barred from competing, the person said. The person, who lacked authority to comment publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

It was Golightly's failure to mention the contract, not whether it was currently in force, that led to his expulsion, the person said.