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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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91.

Brinn    

I think AI pretty Much makes a lot of useless drama itself because of time filling and it draws viewers and i am a Little sick of and gets boring with alL the fake tears

893 days ago
92.

aunty    

i've got no problem with hunting for food or even taking a trophy animal in addition to hunting for food. i do it all the time but given that few of these "elephant, crocodile, kudu, civet cat and water buck" are not generally high on the list of food critters and certainly not on the list for trumpites this is indeed "barbaric".

893 days ago
93.

Brinn    

I think AI makes fake drama for themselves as time fillers andmit draws viewers... it's turned into a soap opera and franklyvit's getting boring

893 days ago
94.

Melody    

re: A.I., I am going to keep my mind open, and not going to believe either son OR father, I will make my decision as to who I believe once the young mans mother says how she feels, and how often/how much of a father Kevin Jones actually was. It isn't fair for anyone to jump to conclusions before she actually speaks up about the situation. Just my 2 cents.

893 days ago
95.

rafy manso    

THE GENTLE GIANT IS ABSURD. DON'T LIKE THE WAY HE SINGS, IT IS REALLY BORING. HIS MOTHER SHOULD BE SUED JUST FOR BACKING HIM UP. DAMN MAMAS BOY, TOO BIG FOR THAT.

893 days ago
96.

Lily Langtree    

I believe the idol, Jermaine is telling the truth that is the footsteps that some dead beat fathers follow in...

893 days ago
97.

John    

The show lost all credibility for me last year when Pia Toscano got dumped early and the friggin Gomer won.

893 days ago
98.

Escalonz    

Six foot eight makes for one hellova pile of BS.

Safaris would come to a screeching halt if the animals could shoot back and I consider it a cowardly act unless the animals were over populated. Overpopulated? Cased by mans own overpopulation?

893 days ago
99.

Jean    

A talent show should be just that. Drop all the sob stories. How many contestants, especially on America's got talent", have moved on higher than they should have because of their story?

893 days ago
100.

Tim    

that lying sob should have gotten the boot last week instead of that good kid.

893 days ago
101.

Steve B    

What's the big deal, stars, politicians, motivational speakers all fabricate obstacle filled life stories to capture the sympathy vote. Tony Robbins lived in one bedroom apt, er, in Santa Monica, Hillary Swank and her mom lived in their car -- in Hollywood while sleeping in a friend's place at night (while Hillary auditioned assuming neither were equiped to get a real job), and on it goes all the way to Sen. John Kerry and the infamous PT Boat.

893 days ago
102.

Sherri    

Wow..... no more votes for him unless he earns it with his singing..... and he is not a pop star..... thinking the voters will bypass him this week. Bye Bye Bye to the not so gentle giant.......

893 days ago
103.

jane    

I was thrilled when Jermaine was called back, however I detected arrogance in him last week when the judges offered constructive criticism. Anyone who's made it to the final 2 or 3 in Idol knows enough to listen, but this toothless goof made some arrogant comments as if he knows better than the judges. Right then I said to myself, I hope he goes! Now hearing that he's lied to gain sympathy, give this guy the boot ASAP. He's dumb as a stump with the personality of a rock, so let's work with the others.

893 days ago
104.

Ed    

Lets get all the facts before we all make judgement on either the dad or son. It is funny how we all believe the media first. Is everyone guilty before being proven so? I hope for Jermaine that he is not a lair because I don't think he has the skills in the first place to even be on the show and this will not help him out.

893 days ago
105.

bstill    

Did he say his name was Sambo or Sachmo?

893 days ago
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