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Jermaine Jones

Will Be Kicked Off

'American Idol'

3/14/2012 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jermaine Jones will be kicked off American Idol
Jermaine Jones will be kicked off "American Idol" Wednesday night, after producers learned he concealed the fact that he was arrested twice last year and has outstanding warrants ... TMZ has learned.

As we first reported, producers discovered Tuesday that Jermaine had lied about his criminal history and that triggered the decision to confront him on camera Tuesday afternoon. 

We're told one of the incidents involved violence, which was particularly troublesome to producers.  He also lied to cops by giving them fake names both times he was arrested.

"A.I." sources tell us ... Jermaine will appear on the show tomorrow night before he is sent packing.

Over the last few days, we've been reporting that Jermaine told producers his father abandoned him 10 years ago, but his dad called TMZ and called B.S. on his son, saying they see each other regularly. 

Jermaine began tweeting that he never told producers about his dad abandoning him.  We're told the producers -- who knew Jermaine had made the statement -- became generally suspicious and began looking more closely at his background, and that's what led to the revelation of his criminal history.  

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61.

CubanB    

Ryan Seacrest trying to keep the black man down.

851 days ago
62.

bring back recent posts    

...USA ...is in for some terrible times..cause the peeps who r best qualified too run this mucked up system u all voter on..in future..won't make back up checks......I tell my kids NOT to have kids!!!!!

851 days ago
63.

Joao    

Do you IDIOTS really believe that AI rely on self-reports for a "background check", it's the same crap every year, the obligatory contestant who just HAPPENS to make it through the final or near final.. the reveal. This particular person was a bonus... major pathological maladjustments. Those dumb chits at AI doesn't get that the no-talent folks they select is the reason the show has lost its appeal. Somehow Hollyweird hasn't figured out that maybe seeking actual for reals talent might be a formula... I know, "but what about the train wrecks?"

851 days ago
64.

LorreEnt    

What a waste of AI's time. Why do contestants think their past will not come back to haunt them? I felt something suspicious about Jermaine.

851 days ago
65.

chimein    

They need to keep him on, else I'm done watching! They have months to check these contestants out between Hollywood week and the first preformances, dang look at how much weight some of those girls gained!

851 days ago
66.

Jennifer Roberts    

Wow. The kiddie fans of TMZ are more prone to racism? (my apolgoies, American Idol & TMZ fans) Go figure...

851 days ago
67.

Darius    

And why did the judges choose Jermaine over Eben? I'll tell you why..it's because Americans can never get over this slavery guilt! It's more than a hundred years ago. Get over it and move on.
Bring Eben back!
Aren't the judges concerned that this giant that will be kicked back will be before them on Wednesday show?

851 days ago
68.

Phil    

Oh my word. Reading these comments. Is it any wonder America is in the state it is in. You bunch of Racist pigs.

851 days ago
69.

TT    

Liar Liar Pants On Fire!

Now where is the gasoline we need it to make bigger fire!

851 days ago
70.

Leland    

Shocking news. Now they can concentrate on those who are honest, and earned their way.

851 days ago
71.

Redskin_Chick    

I dont watch AI anymore, havent for years, but what does his race have to do with him being kicked off the show. Some of yall are ignorant a** holes smh.

851 days ago
72.

Indy61    

When I read the first report I had a feeling that it was him..because of the start of the lies (his dad calling).. I was happy he was brought back for the wild card.. it breaks my heart that he could have had a wonderful career and tossed away because of lies.

851 days ago
73.

Gloria    

American Idol sucks this year any way Steven tyler makes sexual comments to a 15 year old girl, isn't that a crime. Now America does not even choose who gets voted out it is up to the judges.

851 days ago
74.

Gloria    

With the exception of charlie sheen and maybe snoop dog dosen't all celebrities lie about there criminal background

851 days ago
75.

terry j vey    

one he would have never gotten on TV if he would have not lied !This way he got some exposure.

851 days ago
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