On American Idol Wednesday night, contestant Jermaine Jones was eliminated after it was discovered he had not disclosed a lengthy history of trouble with the law. The 25-year-old vocal coach was thrown out of American Idol after it was revealed he currently has outstanding warrants back home in New Jersey stemming from several alleged criminal run-ins with the police.
Jermaine Jones barely made it into the American Idol finalists in the first place. He was originally eliminated from the top 12 finalists, but brought back on to make it a top 13 when the judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson regretted cutting the soulful singer.
American Idol executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick confronted the so-called “gentle giant” about his criminal history in a taped segment on the show aired on Wednesday night. “You were incumbent to tell us the truth about all of this, and it appears that you just haven’t on any level,” Warick told Jones.
In response, Jones said he “didn’t want to get judged” by his previous trouble with the law. “I didn’t want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past.” Producers told Jones they could not allow anyone with outstanding warrants to continue to compete on the show and he was sent home.
“Awww I will no longer b on the show,” Jermaine Jones tweeted Tuesday on his official Idol Twitter account, which was deleted shortly afterward.
Jermaine Jones’ criminal record includes arrests in connection to two crimes in 2011. One of these crimes allegedly involved violence and in both arrests, Jones reportedly lied about his identity.
“The big problem… was the fact that he had given false names,” Warwick said in a press statement. “There might be other false names and other… charges that we just don’t know about.”
American Idol host Ryan Seacrest said the 11 remaining contestants would be “at risk” of elimination on Thursday, which leaves producers the option of passing through everyone to next week to maintain the current elimination schedule.
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