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'American Idol' Contestant

Dad Who Abandoned Him

Turns Up Last Night

3/8/2012 2:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jermaine Jones from American Idol
Jermaine Jones
-- the 6'8" "American Idol" contestant dubbed "The Gentle Giant" -- had an unwanted caller last night ... his dad.

Jones and his mom had it rough after his father abandoned him 10 years ago. But it's amazing what a little fame and potential earning power can do to a fractured relationship.

Last night ... Jones' dad called and tried to make nice. Sources tell us ... the dad told Jermaine, "Hi, I'm in Los Angeles. Why are you telling everyone you haven't got a dad?" We're told the 25-year-old contestant was "extremely upset" by the call.

Jermaine told a friend, "He's a lovely man but a lousy father."

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1.

Chris    

It's amazing how these losers come out of the woodwork when they smell a bit of money or fame.

925 days ago
2.

Pudding Tang    

and yet another silly karaoke contest story

925 days ago
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Santo    

The deadbeat's on the hunt for an easy, fat paycheck.

925 days ago
4.

Mike    

If he's a "lousy father," then he certainly isn't a "lovely man."

925 days ago
5.

Hey Now    

Was he in a coma that he couldn't contact him in the last 10 years? Shameful!

925 days ago
6.

Liz    

I hope Jermaine Jones keeps that man (not going to call him his father) far, far away from him. He will just be a leech.

925 days ago
7.

Stanley    

Wow, what a loser. I cannot believe the gall of people. My son's father "disappeared" when my son was 2. I suffered for over a decade trying to raise him alone. We are good now but he is close to being an adult and has some serious recruiting opportunities for football and this is my worst nightmare. This guy's "father" needs to realize that he hurt this kid and his mother once and what he is doing now is hurting them again. My son also says he does not have a father. This story really bothers me.

925 days ago
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Repeter    

Lousy man. Lousy father. There's nothing lovely about ignoring a child you created.

925 days ago
9.

Phreaky    

American Idol has become as bad as Extreme Home Makeover at upping the sob story factor. I have no doubt many of their stories are exaggerated. The execs aren't stupid, they know a good sob story greatly increases interest.

925 days ago
10.

stu    

his dead beat daddy should have been paying child support!
i'm tired of these sluts letting their 1 night stands off the hook! take em to court & get off welfare.
bet he has other kids.

925 days ago
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two cents    

Nota dad but rather a sperm donor. Tell him to go pound sand.

925 days ago
12.

John    

My dad abandoned my mother and me when I was just a toddler. I never had any hard feelings about my dad; my mother never talked bad about him. But by the time I was grown I was well-over my wanting him in my life. I'd never seen him but twice. I was fine without him, for the most part. Many years later, when he died, I could not bring myself to attending his funeral. It just didn't feel right. I never got to know him... but it is not my fault. He made it that way. I have no regrets. As for being a man, myself, I could never ever lay with a woman and/or impregnate her knowing I would bring a child into this world that I would not be there for. Even if it means being a eunuch.

925 days ago
13.

Cricket    

Shocker.

925 days ago
14.

Chaz    

Why this Victim story its not like the guy is 5 yrs old. Tell the deadbeat you are not interested unless you are using this story for sympathy.

925 days ago
15.

Bud    

Publicity stunt.

925 days ago
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