Jermaine Jones Expresses Shock Over American Idol Axing

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Jermaine Jones didn't see it coming.

The 6'8" American Idol finalist was axed from the competition on Wednesday due to revelations about his criminal past, but said on HLN's Showbiz Tonight last night that he didn't foresee such a fate, not even when he stepped in to speak with producers earlier this week.

"I thought they were bringing it to my attention," Jones said in reference to a pair of arrests. "Letting me know that now they are aware of, you know, this, that and the third... Until they said it, I had no clue what was going to happen... I was shocked, but I can't really express what my emotions were at that time."

Jermaine Jones on American Idol

Jones declined to really comment on whether he thinks the show is "exploiting" his situation, considering it actually aired that meeting with executives and Ryan Seacrest teased the development on Wednesday's show, not actually revealing the truth until midway through the broadcast.

"I know that when I filled out my application, I circled 'yes' that I was previously arrested before," he said, citing a couple of "small infractions" when he was younger. "And, you know, they did a background check on me and there were some information that I had to get a lawyer to take care of before I could even be on the show."

Jones concluded that he doesn't think there are any warrants out there for his arrest and that he's "learned a lot' from the "humbling" experience.

"I'm doing great and I'm ready to get back into my music full force, and I'm grateful for everybody who's supporting me and loving me, it's just amazing."


I thought he is doing very good right now then his past


For the person that made the comment bout black people and criminal records, you are a very ignorant individual. Whites do just as much as blacks, it is just not broadcasted. What color are the majority of serial killers, exactly. I am not going to stoop to your ignorant ass level, but do everyone a favor and go kill yourself!


Who Cares? Does anyone think Jermaine had a real chance of winning?


@realdeal. That's crazy .. Not only black people have criminal past. You should look into some of your own peoples background before uu decide to talk down on another race. Everybody is human and we all make mistakes. Get it together and stop being one track minded.


@ realdeal. You're an idiot who appear to be Caucasian from the tone of your posting. You are clueless about your own race so stop spouting negative comments about other races until you have read (if you can read) and learned your own racial history. I'll bet you have a closet full of dead skeletons your damn self. Be careful of throwing dirt of someone else's grave.


of course jermaine is shocked - black people never understand why doing criminal activity is a problem. he just too much of a brutha from da hood to understand that being a lying fool doesn't cut it if he wants to be an american idol. he needs to try out to be the next chris brown idol; he'll have a better chance.


He didn't reveal everything and maybe they had a hard time catching up with him because of using alias names. I still felt bad for him though and wished somehow he could of stayed.I thought he was very gracious and mature when he was told he had to leave.


Honestly since he's committed crimes in his past they shouldn't have let him on the show in the first place! They should have found his records early on instead of later, because now Jermaine is unable to audition again, even with his super unique voice. It in itself is cruel. I don't blame the producers; although for the future, catch it early so they can try again next year!


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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]