American Idol Finalists React to Jermaine Jones Ousting

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In an unusual step, American Idol kicked Jermaine Jones off the show last night, following the discovery that the season 11 finalist had lied about a pair of arrests.

How are fellow contestants reacting to the development? A few relayed their thoughts People:

The Final 11

Phillip Phillips: "It was sad to see somebody go like that, with an awesome voice. It sucks."

Colton Dixon: "We found out what happened when you guys did. We were shocked, but at the same time, he's such a great guy. We all love him to death. He's truly the gentle giant. He handled himself so well, I'm proud of him."

Shannon Magrane: Jones "always has that great fun spirit, and he has always kept us laughing. He is so funny, we miss him already."

Hollie Cavanagh: "He's going to do huge things in music regardless of if he's on the show or not," she said. "It's just a little bump in the road. He'll prevail, and he'll do big things."

Heejun Han: "It's a competition. I really want to be honest about it. I'm not like, 'Oh, please don't go, please don't' go!'"

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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]