Jermaine JonesJermaine Jones, known as the gentle giant on “American Idol”, has been disqualified from the singing competition for lying to the producers about his criminal history.
The 25-year-old from Pine Hill, New Jersey, himself announced the news Wednesday on Twitter, saying, “Awww I will no longer be on the show.”
Jermaine Jones was disqualified from “American Idol” for concealing multiple crimes and outstanding police warrants in 2011. After a detailed probe, it was revealed that Jermaine Jones was arrested twice last year. The first time was in March 2011, when the vocal instructor was involved in a fight at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Jersey and was charged with public nuisance and obstruction of justice.
The second arrest came in November 2011, when Jermaine Jones was the passenger in a car that was pulled over in Gloucester Township, NJ. He gave the police a false identity on both occasions and is currently facing outstanding warrants.
Jermaine Jones had a total of 4 outstanding warrants – 3 for driving on a suspended license and 1 for disorderly conduct with an open container and failed to disclose this information to “American Idol” producers, violating the show’s rules.
There have been no official statements from FOX or “American Idol” over the matter.
The “American Idol” management has very strict criterions as to the selection of the contestants. Many contenders have been forced to leave the show in the past after their work or personal history was found unsatisfactory.