Jermaine Jones Lies About Father, Angers American Idol Producers

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Jermaine Jones is reportedly a very tall liar.

According to TMZ, the American Idol finalist told producers last week that his father abandoned him a decade ago, only to suddenly reappear in his life immediately after Jones was named one of the season's final 13.

Jermaine went on to label him a "lousy father" and said he didn't want contact with the man.

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But now that man, Kevin Jones, says his son's story is simply ridiculous; the two have a perfectly normal relationship and even dined together last Wednesday and Thursday, while Jones was in the Idol crowd during last week's performance show.

Why would Jones concoct such a tale? For sympathy and attention, executives believes - and they are peeved.

But, with this lie now going public, the real question remains: Will viewers punish Jermaine for it? Stay tuned.

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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]