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Idol Shakeup! Another Contestant Gets The Boot Over Criminal Charges

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Say goodbye to the "gentle giant" Jermaine Jones.

The American Idol contestant was dismissed from the show yesterday, after just making it to the live tapings, when producers were informed that Jones was arrested TWICE last year. Somehow, this bit of vital information wasn't on their radar until late yesterday afternoon!

Point to you, research team!

One of Jones' arrest involved an act of violence and he currently has an outstanding warrant as well. The former contestant announced on his official Idol Twitter feed that he was leaving before the show deleted the page in its entireity, saying:

"Awww I will no longer b on the show."

There are such things as background checks, folks. Maybe we should start using them! This marks fourth time in Idol history that a contestant has gotten the boot this late in the competition. Frenchie Davis, of Season 2, however resurfaced on The Voice as well.

Will Idol try to bring back another contestant? Or is Idol a man down from now on?

[Image via Wenn.]

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10 comments to “Idol Shakeup! Another Contestant Gets The Boot Over Criminal Charges”



  1. 1

    I don't see what the big deal is - this is a singing show - not Miss America. They want the contestants to be squeaky clean, yet they encourage them to sing the music of stars that have criminal records. Isn't that a bit hypocritical?



  2. 2

    I have an idea for a TV Show; how about a show that is ACTUALLY about SINGING?



  3. 3

    We all know every cop is DIRTY TO THE CORE and Black Men are usually at the end of that core….

    LET THE GUY SING!



  4. 4

    They had Michael Jackson Week, and Michael raped little boys while writing those songs….



  5. 5

    For every blow to Rihanna's face Chris Brown sold an extra million CD's….



  6. 6

    who cares if he has a past…… The voice will take you!



  7. 7

    OH THANK GOD. I was SO upset when they brought him back with no explanation after he had been cut from top 40. I found it unfair to everyone else who was cut. And I persoanlly cannot stand his voice. So glad hes gone. Karmas a bitch!



  8. 8

    Please please please BRING BACK REED!!!!



  9. 9

    Well I for one was duped…I fell for his story that his father abandoned him, then to find out he had always had a relationship with him. His father was even at the tapings for AI. Now to find out this, I am gobsmacked. It is such a shame that he has a criminal past, makes you wonder if he had cleared this all up and been upfront and honest would he have still had a chance to be in the top 13, anyhow we will never know. It is a shame because truly he does have a unique voice, he has that Luther, Barry White type of voice and I would have loved to have seen how that would have played into the coming weeks and song choices and such……..Oh well its spilt milk now, and yes AI is probably going to get a ratings boost for this, people will watch to see the drama.



  10. 10

    :( at least we don't have to see him cry again, don't think I can handle that twice!! first time he got kicked out I was a wreck!
    Although did seem like they were copying X Factor by bringing him back x