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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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46.

deedee52    

I haven't watched this show for the past three seasons, for this same reason. Every time there is a potential black contestant that has a great voice, they find something negative to bring them down. These white non singing contestants has been prositutes, criminals and lies about their age, and go on and even win. This show is SO prejudice, I guess that is why they call it American Idol. For the past few years they have been deliberatly leaving out the black contestants and picking a buch of non singing whites. I was not prejudice before, but lately with the blatant discrimination going on now in the U.S. I can't stand the whites that are destroying this country because of their need to disadvantage blacks.

862 days ago
47.

solomeeo    

I dont pay attention to all that whining. I cant stand him and just want him gone cause he cant sing, period!!

862 days ago
48.

TJ    

This dude sounds like a bullmoose with a head cold when he sings. He has absolutely no stage presence or show business persona. His 15 minutes of fame should have ended during the auditions. By next week, America will be saying, "Jermaine who?"

862 days ago
49.

TJ    

This dude sounds like a bullmoose with a head cold when he sings. He has absolutely no stage presence or show business persona. His 15 minutes of fame should have ended during the auditions. By next week, America will be saying, "Jermaine who?"

862 days ago
50.

jayrows    

Please American Idol... Go. Away.

862 days ago
51.

Rich    

I didn't like him from the start his whole getting into the contest was a sham. My votes go to The girl Sanchez.....

862 days ago
52.

Kat    

Take him off Idol and bring back Jeremy!!!

862 days ago
53.

Jasmine    

Who lies about their dad? Plus, I CAN NOT WAIT TO SEE THE HUNGER GAMES MOVIE!!!!! I READ ALL THREE BOOKS!!!!!!

862 days ago
54.

Mary    

It was apparent to me that he's as fake as a $3 bill. I heard his song about his dad and thought he passed away. But now that he's alive and in the audience, I'm glad that I didn't vote for him.

862 days ago
55.

Catherine    

I think its terrible to hunt for the sport of it. I hate hunting period. Why i am a vegitarian. The article with the man holding onto the elephants severed tail made me sick.

862 days ago
56.

jude    

I didn't like the big crybaby from the beginning.

862 days ago
57.

alicia    

they never saw the actual testimony on both sides of the story. before you al get mad and vote him off you need to here the whole story.

862 days ago
58.

kristina Billotti    

If he lied then his Momma raised a fool's child because she sure was in on the story with him.

862 days ago
59.

joe    

Doesn't matter. We'll all be playing Jessica Sanchez songs soon.

862 days ago
60.

Bill    

I always record American Idol, the X Factor and the Voice so that I can fast forward through all of that B.S.

862 days ago
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