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article image'American Idol' hopeful ousted for concealing multiple crimes

By Yukio Strachan     Mar 14, 2012 in Entertainment
Jermaine Jones has been reportedly disqualified for concealing “multiple crimes” and will be kicked off the show Wednesday night, TMZ reports.
The 25-year-old vocal instructor known as "gentle giant" reportedly was arrested twice last year and has outstanding warrants.
According to TMZ, 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.
As this story developed, Jones appeared to confirm his exit from the show.
"Awww I will no longer b on the show," he tweeted on Tuesday night, The Associated Press reported.
"Maybe he’s kidding?" one blogger asked.
A blogger took a screengrab of his tweet, before the tweet, and account disappeared.
Jones advanced to the group of top 12 singers, last week, after performing Stevie Wonder's "Knocks Me Off My Feet"
Past Disqualified Idol Alums
His disqualification, if true, adds to the list of past Idol alums whose pre-Idol past in the eyes of American Idol standards cut short a redemptive Idol future.
In April 2003, Idol producers abruptly removed Corey Clark for failing to inform the show that he had been charged with assaulting his younger sister and resisting arrest in Topeka in October 2002.
Later the show issued a statement as to why he was removed from the show. "Disqualified 'American Idol' contestant Corey Clark was removed from the show for failing to disclose his criminal arrest history.
"Despite documented procedures and multiple opportunities for contestants to raise any concerns they may have, the producers of 'American Idol,' FreemantleMedia, 19 Entertainment and FOX were never notified or contacted by Mr. Clark, nor presented any evidence concerning his claims.
In contrast, Idol allowed past finalists like Scott Savol to stay on after The Smoking Gun uncovered arrest records for Savol, showing he had once been charged with misdemeanor assault after hitting his girlfriend with a telephone on Valentine's Day, February 14, 2001.
He was offered a chance at redemption.
"Scott Savol was forthcoming to the 'American Idol' producers and the network regarding his misdemeanor," according to a statement released by the show. "After reviewing the facts ... we felt that considering Scott's honesty and his remorse, the situation did not warrant his disqualification."
Savol ended up going on to win the fifth-place finalist spot on season four of "American Idol."
When asked on the "American Idol" website, what his most embarrassing moment in life was, he replied, "I don't have any."
What do you think? Should the crimes of the past disqualify contestants for a chance at redemption? Let us know in the comments below!
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