Former American Idol Alum, Jermaine Jones to Audition for the Voice

Former American Idol contestant, Jermaine Jones, announced today via twitter that he is set to audition for The Voice next month.

What are the chances that the NBC singing competition will put through an ex-Idol contestant who was disqualified from the competition after he lied to producers?

The Voice producers would probably love any opportunity to stick it to their rival, but why would they take on a hopeful who had deliberately hidden warrants he had pending for his arrest at the time he auditioned for American Idol? The only scenario I could imagine would have The Voice producers spin a story of contrition–about how Jermaine has changed, and that The Voice is the competion that TRULY gives artists a second chance…

But how could Voice producers ever really trust the guy? And wouldn’t they look stupid if Jermaine didn’t change his ways and was caught lying during his second chance?

Personally, I just don’t think Jermaine is so talented, that he would be worth taking the risk. I never understood why Idol producers put him though…not only once..but TWICE. I always assumed he was just fodder to be toppled early in the competition.

What do you think? Should Jermaine Jones be given a second chance?

Via The Hollywood Reporter

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  • Leandro

    Why so harsh? What this guy should do? Lock himself in a room forever? Everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves.

  • TLB

    He was boring on American Idol and he’ll be boring on The Voice. Only if the show was called “A Voice” would he be appropriate.

  • Ronnie D

    He would get eatin’ alive on The Voice.

  • Amy Beth

    Next month?

    I thought all the blind auditions for Season 4 were done. They can’t possibly be auditioning for Season 5 yet, since they haven’t announced the coach line-up.

  • cheese1

    Whatever punishment he received for his crimes probably didn’t have any stipulations about auditioning for singing shows in the future, so I can’t really complain.  I’m surprised his Idol contract didn’t prevent him from doing it, actually. 

    If the Voice producers actually invited him to audition, that would be confusing to me.  I don’t think everyone gets an invite, though, do they? Do they hold any cattle call auditions for the Voice?

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  • Montavilla

    I agree that he should get a chance.  The offense for which he was thrown off AI was against the show’s rules.  The last I had heard, he was working through his problems with the law.  If that’s true, then The Voice has no more reason to reject him than they did Frenchie Davis.

  • Amy Beth

    So these are producer auditions, he hasn’t made it to the blind audition pool yet.

  • raya

    I don’t have a problem with him trying out and maybe The Voice will want to feature his story to stick it to AI, but I don’t think Jermaine’s talent is anything that extraordinary and I couldn’t see him advancing very far on The Voice either.  IMO, he was going to get booted on AI before Top 10 even without the disqualification.  

  • Larc

    I’ll always believe Nigel brought Jermaine back after he was cut just for the drama of DQing him.  Do I think Nigel is that manipulative?  Not yes, but HELL yes!

  • girlygirltoo

    Just because he’s trying out doesn’t mean anyone will turn their chairs around for him — or even show much of his audition. Haven’t several other ex-Idol contestants tried out for The Voice? Aside from Jamar and Frenchie, I don’t remember any of them even getting past the auditions.

    As long as he has cleared up the situations with his legal issues and stays out of trouble, I think he deserves a second chance.

  • ptebwwong

    He should be given a second chance. Many artists are given second chances.

    Do I think his voice is good enough to make it far on The Voice? No. I think he could be chosen by one of the judges in the blind auditions. But he won’t get far. I can’t see him being as talented as the other contestants.

  • Miz

    Anyone can try out for whatever they want. I wasn’t very impressed with him on Idol, but he could have gotten better.

  • Listening

    I think Jermaine deserves a shot on the voice and any show that allows him. He’s not the first contestant w/ a record on either show. So it’s no big deal.

    I believe the problem  Idol had w/ Jermaine was they claimed he concealed his misdeeds.

    I’m w/ others though who find his talent lacking. Though it’s a little hazy I do vaguely recall  a couple of his performances catchinh my attention. I believe it was more of the emotional connection I felt rather than being pulled in by his vocal ability. I’m all for just letting emotion move me in a song I just feel that Jermaine is one dimesional and I’d quickly grow bored of it. And if he doesn’t have amazing vocal techniques to fall back on he’d lose me completely. He showed raw potential w/ his voice and if that hasn’t been improved upon I just don’t see him going far.

  • durbesque

    I think the judges will be alerted to not turn their chairs around, and ‘The Voice’ will come out looking magnanimous (whatever that means).

  • Michael Bishop

    As a general statement, I believe in second chances.  Who of us would want to be judged in perpetuity for stupid things we did when we were younger?  I wouldn’t, and I’ve never committed a crime.  That being said, I don’t think he’s all that good. I don’t see him as a star, or even a recording artist.  Sorry Jermaine, good luck.

  • mjsbigblog

     He’s not the first contestant w/ a record on either show. 

    His record isn’t the problem. His lying about it to Idol producers is what will and SHOULD raise flags with The Voice producers.

  • Li Wright

    Well good luck to him, but it just shows how desperate these shows are to get singing talent on the show.

  • mjsbigblog

    Yes…It looks like Jermaine is headed to the open cattle call. They may not even know who he is there and pass him right over.

    The Voice cattle calls are a joke anyway.  The contestants who go far are usually the plants invited to participate by the show.

  • Jordana33

    Why so harsh? What this guy should do? Lock himself in a room forever? Everyone deserves a chance to redeem themselves.

    Exactly. I can think of a lot worse crimes than driving with a suspended license or giving a fake name to the police, and since most people have lied at some point in their lives, I really don’t see the point in vilifying him for being too ashamed to disclose the information to the Idol producers. I don’t think he’s any worse than the college student who uses a Fake ID to buy alcohol, and definitely not as bad as all the celebrities who’ve been arrested for DUIs or drug possession, but still get to work the next day.

    Plus, it wasn’t like he lied under oath in the Supreme Court. He lied to Nigel and a bunch of other people who make it their business to lie to people and manipulate the public.  In fact, based on how the story unfolded, I’m almost certain that they also lied about having no knowledge of the warrants.

  • aj rabin

    By the end of the year the voice will up to season 10. it seems like their trying to ram as many unsuccessful seasons just to catch up to idol. The voice will never reach as good as idol.

  • aj rabin

    Does Frenchie Davis come to mine?? Retreads don’t make it.

  • Kathleen Moore

    Count me as one of the few Jermaine fans.  I think the extra year will help him with his singing and stage presence.  I hope he redeems himself and goes far.

  • lisa

    how about avoiding having a record altogether.parents teach your kids at a young age to stay out of trouble.I’d like to see these reality shows ban anyone with a record.there’s alot of good kids with alot of talent out there.

  • mjsbigblog

    Plus, it wasn’t like he lied under oath in the Supreme Court. He lied to Nigel and a bunch of other people who make it their business to lie to people and manipulate the public.

    If that’s true, does it excuse Jermaine’s lies? I don’t think so. To me a liar isn’t to be trusted until proven otherwise. 

     For some, lying is a compulsion, they can’t stop. Jermaine is sorting through his troubles now because he got caught. Who knows how long he would have stayed on the lamb if he hadn’t been outed.

    Honestly, this is all moot. He’s going to show up at a cattle call. I’ll be very surprised if he advances.

  • Jake Williams

    He is generic as they come. He isn’t even good enough to advance based on his voice alone IMO. 

  • Jordana33

    No, of course it doesn’t excuse it (and that statement was taken out of context), but the punishment should also fit the crime. Based on what he did, I don’t think he deserves to be banned from all singing competitions for the rest of his life, or treated like some criminal beyond redemption. Lying certainly hasn’t stopped most celebrities, or persons in office from keeping their job, and if we’re talking trust issues: I wouldn’t trust Nigel and the AI producers to tell me the truth any more than I would trust Jermaine to tell me the truth.

  • Kariann Hart

    Jermaine deserves a second chance but I doubt that he will get very far on The Voice.

  • Claude Dee