Disqualification Or Defamation For Jones?

Though Jermaine Jones may have an alleged criminal history, is it grounds for his dirty laundry to be aired on national television? The dismissed contestant speaks!

Ambushed on American Idol!

Earlier this week, we learned that contestant Jermaine Jones omitted an alleged criminal past to producers, consisting of two arrests and four current outstanding warrants. And though Fox gave fans a heads up that footage of his dismissal would air on Wednesday's episode, even Jermaine Jones had no idea that it'd be a public discussion with American Idol executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick.

"I did not know any of it. I was actually confused," said Jones to People yesterday. "And I walked in and there were all these lights and cameras. I didn't know what was going on."

Jones claims that he did disclose that he was arrested in the past, but producers clarified that they cannot allow those with outstanding warrants to compete on American Idol -- a detail that Jones was not aware of.

"I did not know I was breaking the rules, because before I went, I had to obtain a lawyer and take care of some fines before I could go. I just thought everything was taken care of," he explained.

He collected a few warrants for giving a false name twice, driving with a suspended license and an alleged fight. "They were all minor charges but of course it was a big deal. Who wants a criminal past? It was a very big deal for me."

However, Jones is not letting his very public dismissal from Idol tear down his dreams of making music. "People will judge me or hold it against me, but I don't know anyone that doesn't have a past," he said. "I've been getting myself together, working on some new music and looking forward to recording soon… I feel amazing. I have amazing fans and an amazing team."

Photo credit: Nikki Nelson/WENN.com

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Comments on "Jermaine Jones was ambushed on American Idol"

Dave Brennan March 17, 2012 | 1:59 PM

It was lousy of them to publicly humiliate Jermaine. They could have dropped him from the show without all of the fan fare. What they did served no purpose, except to piss people off. Two s!

Divr March 16, 2012 | 6:50 PM

RealityTV stopped being something new a long, long time ago. And an intellilgent person applying to any Reality TV show should know that any skeltons in their closets will surely be discovered by a hungry media. So if you have any, either voice them or dont apply. And most reality francise producers will do anything they can to milk media coverage with hopes of better exposure and ratings.

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