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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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I know both Jermaine & his mother. Never saw his dad around!! Things like this happen everyday. I'm curious as to why should we believe father. Jermaine has a incredible voice, no need for him to make up lies if that's what he did.

956 days ago

German Rigesti    

And if I am not mistaken my doughter's audition song was "Dance with my Father", of course without any tragic or sad story behind it, just great soul and voice, which WI don't really care for.

956 days ago


there was always something about jermaine jones that i didnt quite trust...did anyone notice during eliminations as he sat with the winnerss that he yawned with his mouth wide open

956 days ago

German Rigesti    

Really? making up a story to win the hearts of American People? My doughter went through four rounds of AI in San Diego, but let go, that did not get her even a seccond of air time after getting down from 9200 contestants to 50, just because she did not have atragic story to tell, she is not in, so who is to blame for making up stories, the contestant or AI?

956 days ago


Don't watch the show anymore because it's all about who can cry the best. Throw him off, he could'nt carry a tune in a bucket.

956 days ago


face it , the ones with sob stories and have little direction in life are the ones they look for so they can cash in on form the producers point of view for the show.

956 days ago


people still can't understand that eventually your lie is going to catch up with you. As the old saying goes, "Be sure the truth will find you out", some it's just sooner than others.

956 days ago


Didn't like "the giant" from the start. Too much of a DIVA this one is and he looks shady. Get rid of is NO idol in my book!

956 days ago


These spoiled brats can't do something better for society then to hunt and kill helpless animals?!! Why are they allowed to kill these species anyway? Because they are Trumps? They are disgusting and narcissists obviously who need to grow up and do something good for the World/our country other than something as barbaric and cruel as this..shame on them, and shame on their father for accepting it as "okay"....These animals must be on the endangered species list too...what's going on there?

956 days ago

james griscom    

Read Killing Lincoln and Being Geroge Washington to find out what real men of honor look like. Honor. It is a good thing to have but very few have it today.

956 days ago


Hello, This is TMZ source..come on

956 days ago


Just trying to get another pass or handout. Why is it that so many just can't do it without an undeserved advantage

956 days ago


Bro Jermaine! What is your problem. Don't Black men go through enough with this kind of 'n house slave' jamming up a brother in the field? You need to check yourself...get help and see where that madness comes from. Many of us alreaady know what time it is .

956 days ago


Hey Folks, Trumps are RULED by money -- so hit them where they live. STOP watching their TV show and don't frequent their hotels and casinos. The only way to get their attention and let them know their actions have consequences - not just for the innocent animals - but for them!! Hit them in the WALLET!!!!

956 days ago


Ridiculous. You can tell the truth if you can't do anything else. This appears to be a perpetrated fraud. He is a very good singer and should depend on that and the truth.

956 days ago
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