Jason's old look [photo: Kikapress]
'Tis the season for American Idols to lop off their dreadlocks.
After dreadheaded Season 9 "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox underwent a major chop around Thanksgiving-time, and "Idol"/"Glee Project" alum Samuel Larson went super-short earlier this year, Season 7 "Idol" fourth-placer Jason Castro — a contestant even more well-known for rocking a braided look — has rendered himself nearly unrecognizable with a clean-cut makeover.
While celebrity haircuts don't always warrant stop-the-presses reportage, Jason's new 'do is so drastic — and the new photo he tweeted with the hashtag #GoodbyeDreads stirred up such a collective gasp on Twitter — it's clearly big breaking news in the "Idol" fandom.
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