March 15, 2012 by staff
Jermaine Jones, Jermaine Jones was dismissed from “American Idol” — and not because of viewer votes. It was revealed during Wednesday’s installment of the Fox singing contest that the 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J., was disqualified Tuesday for not revealing that he had outstanding arrest warrants back home in New Jersey.
“Idol” executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe confronted Jones about the issue in a taped segment.
“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.
The so-called “gentle giant,” as he was dubbed by host Ryan Seacrest, was one of the viewer-selected top 13 finalists after the judges gave him a last-minute spot in the 11th season’s group of male semifinalists. He was among the bottom three vote-getters last week after performing Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet” but advanced to the top 12 singers.
“I didn’t want to get judged,” said Jones. “I didn’t want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past.”
Jermaine Jones (born 3 November 1981 in Frankfurt) is a German-born American international soccer player who plays as a midfielder for Schalke 04 and the United States national team.
Jones grew up in Frankfurt-Bonames. His father is an African-American soldier who was stationed in Germany. As a child, Jones lived in Chicago and Greenwood, Mississippi in the U.S. before his parents divorced and he returned to Germany with his mother.
Jones is a good friend of female football player and multiple national champion Steffi Jones, who also is a German-American and the child of an African American soldier. They both started in the same club, SV Bonames (albeit not at the same time). The two are not related.
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