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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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76.

Paula    

If his Dad knew these were lies, he would have come forward weeks ago when it first aired. And/or, if he really had a relationship with his child, he would have gone along with it to help give his kid a boost. I think Dad is full of crapola.

920 days ago
77.

Gerry    

Imagine that, someone in the entertainment business telling a lie. WOW it's hard to believe. Seem like a trend in the industry to me!!

920 days ago
78.

carolyn    

they should give Jermainie Shovel the BOOT he lied, plus he couldn't sing

920 days ago
79.

J Etter    

Hes a horrible singer anyways. Sounds too monotone to me

920 days ago
80.

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.

920 days ago
81.

JS    

F... discusting, I would love to cut this Trump his Tail off. SLOOOOOOOWLY !

920 days ago
82.

Bob    

He is no American Idol...I dont see how he ever made the show..He could sing karaoke..

920 days ago
83.

Bill    

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

920 days ago
84.

lance    

Idol needs drama to get ratings.The show has been going down hill for years now.As far as I'm concerned it should be taken off the air.It has turned to crap

920 days ago
85.

Rosalyn    

AI is a worthless show. They get all the low class Ghetto
as the one who gave such a bs story about his father. Ghetto crap ...the show is not worth watching anyway.

920 days ago
86.

Barbara    

Goodness! I can not beleive that. I really do not pay attention to thier life stories because I do not want to feel sorry for anyone and vote the wrong way .

920 days ago
87.

Lissa    

Looks like the big bad hunter suffers from "little man complex"! Anyone that would think that a sport, should have the tables turned on them and feel the fear that those poor creatures felt!!!

920 days ago
88.

Squeeks910    

I'm not surprised at all with Jermaine. American Idol had fraud the first season with the twin African American men. I can only imagine how many other fraugulent ones we don't know about. Perhaps better screening needs to be done by the American Idol crew. Next you will see Jermaine get free counseling by Dr. Phil on how to become an anti fraud person. His mother is in deep with this also.

920 days ago
89.

OLGA    

WHO GIVE'S A RATS ASS IF BULLS**T AND TEARS IS WHAT GETS YOU THREW SO BE IT. I BET THAT'S HOW THE JUDGES GOT THERE START...... who r u ppls to judge U GO BIG FOOT!!!!!!

920 days ago
90.

Larry    

Not buying a lot of the "sob" stories. I'm not surprized someone finally got busted by lying and telling a sad, B.S. story to gain sympathy from the judges. Maybe the show should do some "fact checking" before allowing every Tom, **** and Mary on the stage.

920 days ago
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