Justin Guarini is MIA from ''Idol'' Xmas show, record label. Not only did Kelly Clarkson's runner-up not appear on Fox's Christmas special, but RCA has apparently dropped him as well

By Gary Susman
Updated November 26, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST
Justin Guarini
Credit: Justin Guarini: Richard Drew/AP

With his halo of curls, Justin Guarini is kind of hard to miss, yet no one spotted him on Tuesday night’s ”An American Idol Christmas.” Though he’d been listed among the stars scheduled to sing on the special, ”Idol”’s producer told EW.com that Guarini didn’t perform because he was in New Zealand at the time of the taping. His absence coincided with reports that he’s also disappeared from the roster of RCA Records.

Us magazine reports that the label has dropped the ”Idol” runner-up, in the wake of poor sales of last summer’s ”Justin Guarini” CD. RCA has not commented, but Guarini has been erased, Soviet-style from its website. Save for a press release dating from January, there’s no indication that he was ever on the label, where ”Idol” stars Kelly Clarkson and Clay Aiken also record, and a link to a press release about Guarini’s signing with them leads to an error page. But we bet you can still find copies of the DVD ”From Justin to Kelly” on eBay.