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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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professional victim rewarded

956 days ago


professional victim!

956 days ago


I thought the show is about talent, not the degree of the sob story

956 days ago


I don't think anyone's personal story should be told to the viewers. Just tell us name, age, hometown and keep the details untold. It does sway some people to vote. I have to say I think this guy has an awesome voice but is there a little bit of sympathy there? yes, there is. Although they all have a story not just Jermaine. But uh oh, shouldn't have b.s'ed us. hehehe

956 days ago


"Jermaine Jones" is a living, breathing ni##er, ain't he! they'll ALl lie, cheat, steal, maim, &/or murder to get what they want -- and not think twice about it, because NONE of 'em have a ounce of conscience! I wouldn't trust one NO further than I could chunk it's sorry ass!

956 days ago


who hasnt lied or slept there way to the top - everyone is doing

956 days ago


everyone lies or sleeps there way to the top -- its the thing to do

956 days ago


I love these results to this happening... Gives the show a low blow an gives it the looks towards the true reality of what type of BULL**** it really is... I never have watched it in the first place... All those who have voted on this Character shows themselves what kind of Idiots you each truely are...

956 days ago

M J    

Jermaines mothers name is Katrice.....his aunt leads praise and worship at our church. In fact there was a shot of Jermaine singing on our stage when he was first auditioning. Not that anyone on here knows me, but I know his family and he did NOT make any of that up! So....what?....You are so very ready to believe a dead-beat dad because you want to believe the worst about people? You believe TMZ?.....SERIOUSLY??? What else would a dead-beat dad say? What else would TMZ try to report? That's what trifling fathers and men do.....think about only themselves at all cost! That's what TMZ the story that will sell......whether true or not.....and some of you chose to believe it on the mere fact that you simply WANT to believe it. But don't worry either way....the truth will come to light! (You won't find it on TMZ though)

956 days ago


Well you got to figure one is lying. Which one?????????

956 days ago


Oh Man, Seeing Donald Trump's son standing there with that tail in his hand, makes me ill. How truly awful! I really don't want to see that. This has to stop, it is out right killing and madness. Such a beautiful animal. I thought the Trumps were better then that. Awful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

956 days ago


Knew there was something I don't like about this guy. Great voice tho.

956 days ago


What a doushebag I see where someone on here is making excuses about lying there is no excuse for being a doushe bag of a liar.

956 days ago

Joellen Hall    

This is one of the reasons why I finally quite watching American Idol. Besides being completely nauseated at the judges repeating the same accolades over and over again, I got sick of all the sob stories, most of which I don't believe. This guy is just one of many. Funny, but I used to think I just couldn't miss American Idol.....and now, I don't even think about it.

956 days ago


American Idol should base the whole show on TALENT,not
sobs,tears and bull**** stories.
They have let too many people "thru " on the stories
these folks tell [Sympathy Votes ]

956 days ago
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