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'American Idol' Contestant

Shovels B.S.

To Get Sympathy Vote

3/13/2012 12:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jermaine Jones
Jermaine Jones
-- the 6'8" gentle giant on "American Idol" -- has big problems with the truth, because he fabricated a sob story to "A.I." producers to win the hearts and minds of the American people.

"A.I." sources told TMZ ... last week, after appearing on the show ... Jermaine came to them and said his dad called him from out of the blue, claiming pops abandoned him and his mom 10 years ago.  Jermaine told producers he was extremely upset that his dad suddenly reappeared in his life now that he was famous and potentially rich. Jermaine said his dad was "a lousy father" and wanted nothing to do with him.

Well TMZ spoke with Jermaine's dad, Kevin Jones, who says the sob story is absurd  -- that he has had an ongoing relationship with the young man through the years and even had dinner with him on both Wednesday and Thursday night of last week. 

Kevin also says his son was not telling the truth about getting a phone call from out of the blue -- Kevin says he was actually in the audience last week supporting his child.

We spoke with production people on "Idol" who tell us they are "shocked" Jermaine concocted the story and it seems like it was all a ploy to get some traction on the show.

We could not reach Jermaine for comment.




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1.

Felicia    

They can't find anything better to do than kill innocent animals in their spare time?

954 days ago
2.

Karen    

Haven't watched this season's shows...but where's mom in this? And why automatically believe 'dad?' Just because he said he saw his son a few times recently doesn't mean he's always been there...

954 days ago
3.

Red    

Looks like he figured out the formula for all these reality show success stories, especially American Idol. If you don't have a heart touching past you won't be able to reach the audience and get the votes. That's why really good singers who made it past auditions sometimes don't get very far once the competition begins.

954 days ago
4.

derrick    

Toss his ass off Idol

954 days ago
5.

slimgoody    

This ish makes me sick..their are children out here in this world that wish thaey had that mom and dad figure in their lives..and this dude fabricates story for attention and fame...

954 days ago
6.

Meani    

HEAR THISSSS!!! THESE SHOWS AT THE END OF THE DAY ARE REALITY SHOWS!!!!! WHEN GREAT SINGERS AUDITION FOR THESE TYPES OF SHOWS WHO DON'T HAVE TO SOB STORY....YOU DONT EVEN GET TO GET ON THE SHOW. HOWEVER, NOTICE HOW ALL THE CONTESTANTS HAVE GOTTEN THRU GOT TO HAVE A SOB STORY TO EVEN GET THRU. ALL THE SINGING SHOWS HAVE THAT PREMISE YOU CAN ONLY GET THRU IF YOU HAVE A SOB STORY..THAT'S REALITY TV FOR YOU. SO I CAN UNDERSTAND WHY HE LIED NOTICE HOW HE GOT THRU BECAUSE OF IT.

954 days ago
7.

slimgoody    

smh at this idiot..their are children that wish they had the mother and father figure in their life..He did all this for sympathy and fame...

954 days ago
8.

Sinnie    

Why automatically believe the father?? My ex tells people all kinds of lies about his relationship with his kids because he's embarrassed at what a loser father he really is. From what the story said, the father named 3 times, ALL since Jermaine got on the show, that he has seen him. I think ole dad is full of crap.

954 days ago
9.

Vay    

Hunting for food is OK! Hunting for sport is awful. These big brave sportsman wiht a long range rifle and scope is just about as sporting as shooting animals in a zoo. If they really want to be sporting they should use a spear, knife and a real bow and arrow (not compound). What is sporting in shooting an animal is one half to a mile away? The worst hunters are the ones that take the trophies and leave the food part to rot. Plus they only want the biggest and best and leave the smaller ones to be the gene pool. The best are the ones that make best off spring for the next year. Even tackest are the people that kill the carnivors such as wolves, mountian lions and bears just for their pelts. My opinion of these people is that they are trying to cover up their short comings and ED!

954 days ago
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AintDeadYetProductions    

re: A.I." sources told TMZ ... last week, after appearing on the show ... Jermaine came to them and said his dad called him from out of the blue, claiming pops abandoned him and his mom 10 years ago. " AND " Jermaine told producers he was extremely upset that his dad suddenly reappeared in his life now that he was famous and... ...said his dad was "a lousy father" and wanted nothing to do with him."
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"...Jermaine's dad, Kevin Jones... ...says the sob story is absurd .. ...and even had dinner with him on both Wednesday and Thursday night of last week. AND Kevin also says his son was not telling the truth about getting a phone call from out of the blue -- Kevin says he was actually in the audience last week supporting his child."

I beleive Jermaine, because the FACTS do show his "father" DID "pop up" the last few weeks, and has latched onto him like a greedy man clutches gold.
I know fathers can call their own children liars in attempts to get what they want. I had an alcoholic "father" (using the term VERY loosely)that knew how to cast doubt and spout damning lies to get what he wanted. These types know how to twist the truth every way but real to get what they want. I beleive Jermaine. Sure the father saw him contantly over the last few weeks, but tell him to PROVE where he was for the last few YEARS!
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re:"people on "Idol" who tell us they are "shocked" Jermaine concocted the story and it seems like it was all a ploy to get some traction on the show."

SHAME on you idol, for beleiving his father.

954 days ago
11.

jemteku    

Not very cool at all. My opinion now of him is that he is a devious liar. No more trust.

954 days ago
12.

P. Scott Parker    

He will be GONE the next time they vote. Nobody likes a liar...especially one who tries to play on people's sympathy. He needed to get ahead of this and claim that his dad is lying. He has not, which suggests TO ME that his dad is telling the truth and he is shocked that his dad came forward!!

954 days ago
13.

Mike    

Lier, Lier pants on fire...

954 days ago
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PamsEldorado@aol.com    

I never believe anything I see in print as its usually half-truths. Ask the mother! Jermaine has the potential to get a big recording contracr regardless of whether or not his dad is in his life. I think dad may see a potential to get his paws on some future money. Why did'nt dad come forth with all this before now. Fish smells, but this whole think stinks!

954 days ago
15.

P. Scott Parker    

He is toast now that it is confirmed that he lied. Bye bye, Jermaine. Go play on someone else's sympathy.

954 days ago
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