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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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They should disqualify him and bring back Jeremy.

865 days ago


I agree with Karen, seems like the dad is the one who is lying. Maybe to make sure his son looks bad and won't win because of what he said publically? I believe Jermaine.

865 days ago


I do watch the show but if they let him stay I'm watching something else, as I said before shocked when they choose him. What is this show turning into anyway?

865 days ago


Hope they put him off, I still think he can't sing

865 days ago

Steve B.    

Jermaine is a big whining baby with a deep voice that sounds rediculous. He's a sissy that should've been eliminated a long time ago!!

865 days ago


I'm sick of all the sob stories. JUST SHUT UP AND SING! There isn't one person out there who hasn't had to "overcome" something in life. Get over it. I'm not interested in who grew up in an orphanage or who lived out of his/her car. Either you have talent or you don't. Let's do away with the sob story. Don't the producers hear that roaring groan from America each time a contestant tells his/her tale of woe?

And oh yeah .... why should this guy's father be assumed to be telling the truth? Many an absent parent has shown up out of the blue when their offspring became a celebrity. I'm not ready to throw the kid under the bus.

865 days ago


Why don't they visit an orthodontist and get their teeth straightened? They are such losers and their Dad is a s***bag for financing their depravity.

865 days ago


Regarding the Trump guy hunting and mutilating animals. How dare you, you jerk? You can afford to eat anything you want at a fancy restaurant.... what a disgusting picture, killing wild animals for fun. DISGUSTING!

865 days ago


Jermaine should not have been brought back on the show. His voice is not that good. There was another good singer that was sent home, and that person had a good voice.

865 days ago


I agree there have been sob stories on AI before that may have given the contestant an edge. But what I remember about Jermaine is not how he sang, but how a grown man sobbed because he was cut. I felt he actually threw a fit and I really was disappointed that they brought him back, there were others that were more talented than him. Famous and potentially rich he hasn't earned that yet. I say vote him off! He won't get my vote, he never did.

865 days ago


Don't believe anything people say now days . People are true liars to get ahead in this world. People have seen others get away with it and it's easier than working honestly for your living. Kick them to the curb. Sorry world we live in AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

865 days ago


I don't know if Jermaine is lying. Why would he do that and risk bing voted off. He really wanted this bad, so why don't we keep our opinions to ourselves until the real truth does come out.

865 days ago


killing a gracious beutiful elephant. donald trumps sons are complete losers. gosh so sad...

865 days ago


#1. The idol dude who lied for sympathy, U a LOSER!
#2. Trump Boys, how bout I cut your balls off for fun?

865 days ago

Annette Hammond    

Bump him off the show!!!!

865 days ago
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