Jermaine Jones eliminated from "Idol" for warrants
Jermaine Jones, who was portrayed on "American Idol" as a loveable 6-foot 8-inch gentle giant with a deep, soulful voice, was eliminated from the singing competition on Wednesday (3/14) night for legal issues.
Early in the show, host Ryan Seacrest teased his absence, but "American Idol" waited an hour to introduce footage of Jones meeting with two program producers. The "American Idol" officials chided Jones for not revealing his criminal history, which included giving fake names to police officers and having four outstanding warrants.
Jones sat meekly -- a stark contrast to his towering figure -- on a couch with a scarf wrapped around his neck and appeared to be tearing up. He told the producers that he did not want to be judged for his past actions but understood the rules that none of the contestants can have outstanding warrants.
After the piece, Seacrest, standing behind judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson, said it was "business as usual," and one contestant will be eliminated tonight (3/15).
Jones' disqualification was probably the worst-kept secret as the 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, NJ, Tweeted on Wednesday that he was off the show, according to published reports.
"Awww I will no longer b on the show," Jones wrote on his official Twitter account, which has since been deleted.