Jermaine Jones booted off ‘American Idol’ by producers on Wednesday’s episode of Fox hit
BY ETHAN SACKS
N.J. man had several outstanding criminal warrants
Jermaine Jones‘ criminal past officially caught up with him on Wednesday night’s edition of “American Idol.”
The 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J., was cast out by the show’s executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick in a pretaped segment after the pair learned Tuesday that Jones had concealed a legal record.
“You were incumbent to tell us the truth about all of this, and it appears that you just haven’t on any level,” Warwick said in the video.
“I didn’t want to get judged,” said Jones. “I didn’t want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past.”
On Wednesday, The Smoking Gun reported that Jones is wanted in three New Jersey counties for failing to appear on several of criminal charges, including a 2006 narcotics charge.
He has also been arrested twice for giving police a fake name to avoid being hauled in on his outstanding warrants.
Jones was already on shaky ground on the show: Though he was one of the top 13 finalists picked by the judges, he was one of the bottom three male contestants last week, the first round where TV viewers voted.
His fellow competitors, however, would’ve voted to keep him on the show.
“It was all a shock to us that he’s gone right now. We’re going to miss him so much,” contestant Jessica Sanchez told Fox’s All Access. “He was so funny, so kindhearted. I wish he was still here.”
Jones isn’t the first “Idol” contestant to be dismissed from the show over legal troubles.
Season two’s Corey Clark was cut when the finalist claimed to have had an affair with then-judge Paula Abdul, a charge that was never substantiated. One season later, semifinalist Donnie Williams was booted off after a drunk-driving arrest.
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