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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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121.

ekim    

Barrach Obama lied, Jermaine Jones lied, who else is in the tank, seems like a pattern to me !

772 days ago
122.

Jenn    

I thought American Idol was a singing competetion....not a sob story competition.

772 days ago
123.

Al Brassfield    

In regards to the Trump Safari outing, if you consume any food other than what you produce and you criticize this, you are most likely a hypocrite. Do not condemn another for something you do not have the ability or willingness to do. As long as their are people and animaals on earth, animals will die to provide people with food. If you don't like this, do not eat the animal, do not look at the photos, but most important, do not criticize the action. Does it really matter whether an animal is killed in the slaughter house or in the field. Does the animal care if you use electricity or a gun, since the end result is a dead animal. It should be required that everyone who eats meat be able to kill and process any animal in which they choose to consume as food at least once, so they can experience what a hunter feels when taking the life of an animal. Maybe then, people would not be so quick to criticize hunters.

772 days ago
124.

gregg    

why would it surprise anyone....he has a great rolemodel for lying to get what he wants.........look at the president!!

just say anything....people are too niave to realize you are lying!!

772 days ago
125.

W.Howe    

Rich kids with nothing to do but be Big Game Hunters? Useless pieces of .... I do not disagree with hunting if you are hunting for meat. But if it is a trophy hunt I can only hope that one day they will have a big cat get a shot at them on equal terms.

772 days ago
126.

abe    

I thought this was a "singing" competition. If so, then whatever story he told about his father should have no bearing on how he is judged for his singing ability; however, we all know this is not a singing a competition but rather a twisted type of perverse mass public judgement game where shallow viewers get to express their prejudices about other people based primarily on factors that have little to do with "singing" ability.

772 days ago
127.

Angel    

I think the truth is probably somewhere in the middle, as most truths are. His dad possibly did abandom years ago. He may have attempted to contact him some throughout the years. However, that does not mean he's been a good father, or been there enough. It sounds like he was there for his son when it was convenient. So maybe Jermaine's stretching things a little, but so is his father.

772 days ago
128.

winky williams    

Kevin left that family years ago in Williamstown NJ. NOW he shows up? Not siding with anyone, but "J" is telling the truth about Kevin. Anyone that knows Katrice (his mother) knows this is true. There may have been some contact, but thatg girl was left to raise all those kids. Just saying.

772 days ago
129.

winky williams    

I know Jermaine and I Know that Kevin left years ago. His stepfather was the prominent fiquire in his life. Kevin was a dead beat dad. In every lie, there is an ounce of truth. K'trice raised those kids by HERSELF. She deserves all. That boy didn't lie.

772 days ago
130.

wayne    

First off, this guy has a horrible voice. He's a cry baby ( weep weep), he's arrogant ( doesn't take the crticial views of the judges kindly). He's not only full of food, but he's also full of himself. GET HIM OFF.

772 days ago
131.

Ginny    

Lets suppose Jermaine made up the story to get ahead in the show... so then, why does his loving father come forward to upset his chances and make him look bad? as a father he should help instead of break his son. If he had brains.

772 days ago
132.

scott    

WOW citi ****** lied such a susprise?!?

772 days ago
133.

John    

OMG! Someone lied on TV to get ahead? Say it ain't so. Oh, wait--is he a politician? They do it all the time. No, he's not? Maybe he should be.

772 days ago
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