“American Idol” contestant Jermaine Jones’ was booted from the show last night, after two producers confronted him about his criminal history.
Jones, who won over the judges with his unique bass voice, was dishonest about four outstanding arrest warrants. In two instances, he gave the fake names of “Joel Jones” and “Kareem Watkins.”
Producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe sat down with Jones Tuesday afternoon after rehearsal.
When they asked him about an assault charge. Jones responded, “It wasn’t a fight, I wasn’t fighting. Me and one of my other friends had a disagreement, but there wasn’t any fist fighting.”
Jones claimed the police were there because he fell down the stairs and couldn’t walk.
The producers said he might have been alright if the truth had come out in the beginning, but Jones said he was nervous to reveal his past.
Per “Idol” regulations, anyone with an outstanding warrant is not allowed to be on the show and so they had to bid the singer goodbye.
“You’ve put us in a very delicate situation,” Warwick said.
Whether “American Idol” used the video to up its slipping ratings is or not, fans, judges, and contestants still continued on with Wednesday night’s show as planned.