Dunedin singer Kylie Price has pulled out of New Zealand's Got Talent after refusing to sign an exclusive contract.
Price, 19, had qualified for the semi-finals of the TVNZ's programme, but was not permitted to continue.
"I have been advised by the TV company that I will not now be performing in the semifinals of NZGT," Price posted on
Facebook, according to the Otago Daily Times.
She said to continue she had to sign contracts that would have prevented her from other performances and opportunities. The post has since been removed.
Price, a student at Otago University, impressed the judges with her rendition of Beyonce's If I Were A Boy, and was considered a leading contender.
"We miss Kylie Ann Price already," a fan said on the programme's Facebook page.
A TVNZ spokeswoman this morning confirmed Price had withdrawn from the programme.
"Due to the contract she was required to sign at this stage of the competition she no longer wished to continue on as a semi-finalist," she said.
"The contract pertains to a Sony management deal and other recording agreements that are potentially part of the NZGT prize package. This contract is universal to the [Got Talent] format, here and internationally.
"NZGT contestants are not precluded from any public performances. The release form and agreement all contestants signed at the auditions does require the contestants to seek approval from the show's producers before participating in any media interviews, performances or programmes," she said.
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