Ousted American Idol contestant, Jermaine Jones, tells CNN Headline news in his first interview after being eliminated from the show that when Idol producers called him into a meeting, he had no idea what was going on.

Jermaine says he indicated on his Idol application that he had been arrested before. Idol did a background check on him. “There was some information that I had to obtain a lawyer to take care of before I could even be on the show. I took care of that information and I thought I had taken care of everything that I needed. Obviously not..”

The interviewer asked Jermaine how he felt about his disqualification being used as a ratings stunt. “I was very disappointed in that,” he said, “that’s the most I can really say about that. It hurt to watch.”

He denies lying to producers about his relationship to his father for a sympathy edit. “Me and my father are fine,” said Jermaine, “It was all he said she said.”  (Via The Hollywood Reporter)

 
  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    The more this plays out the worse Idol looks.  This is like Frenchie all over again IMO.  Also, is it odd that the only contestants that have ever been DQd from the show are black? 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    After watching that video I feel sorry for him.  He was used by Nigel for ratings.  That was very obvious.  Nigel you have no class. 

  • http://twitter.com/ladymctech ladymctech

    I wish Jermaine the best. We’ll remember him for years to come while some of the first-to-be-voted-off of this season’s top 12 will fade into obscurity within weeks to months of the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1236812453 Thorne Brook

    Considering all the lies he fed them, I’m not really all that hung up on Idol using him as a ratings boost. 

  • Anonymous

    He used them for his own purposes as well. I have zero sympathy for him.  Had he been upfront and honest (apparently not his forte to begin with), I could sympathize.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    but we don’t know that he lied to them.  He says he told them he had been arrested and that he actually had to get a lawyer to clear some things up in order for him to even be on the show (which I assume means when they decided to bring back someone who didn’t initially make it out of Vegas he had to get things cleared). 

    Also, it’s possible to have arrest warrants and not know it so maybe he was unaware of them at the time. 

    Idol producers are very manipulative and sneaky.  I tend to believe that he didn’t lie nearly as much as the idol producers and gossip blogs are making it seem. 

  • Anonymous

    I don’t feel sorry for him at all.  His stories don’t add up either. “I fell down the stairs and the cops came.”  WHAT?

  • Anonymous

    Is it possible the aliases he used when dealing with the police made it take Idol longer to discover the outstanding warrants?  Regardless of if he lied or not, I don’t think his disqualification should have been televised—just from a decency perspective.   Nigel did not handle it poorly but the best thing to do would have been to handle it privately.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    According to him they never confronted him about any of it.  He is saying that he told them he had been arrested before and he thought he had done everything needed to make it right so he could be on the show.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    American Idol’s story doesn’t add up.  If all these warrants were out against him why is he not in jail right now? 

  • Tess

    I’m not even going to waste my time watching this video.  Obviously Jermaine is going to say anything he damn well pleases…given the fact he used fake names when he was “in trouble” points to the fact he is a compulsive liar so how can anyone believe anything he now says, actions speak much louder than words.  And unless its traffic tickets that “blow off the windshield” people are pretty damn stupid if they don’t know they have a warrant on themselves….unless you just throw away the initial summons and any subsequent official mail.

  • Anonymous

    His vague responses would seem to indicate that he’s still lying through his teeth.  Also, it’s a reality TV show.  The very premise of these shows is to exploit someone or something to get ratings.  That’s the name of the game. When you hand them a juicy tale like this one, I don’t understand how you can be surprised that they actually use it! 

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Jermaine is a decent guy, have talking to him on Twitter. He was up front with Idol and they exploited him for ratings. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I’m over the whole “controversy”.  I just don’t give a crap.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WC5Q6ULBZZD3YT6AIN4NTU4S74 Whiteshirt

    Yes, American idol absolutely used this story for ratings (they had to do something), and it worked.

    And yes, it is possible to have warrants out on you and not know it, but not for long — unless you move all of the time. And if Jermaine got a lawyer to clear things up, he was evidently the worst lawyer ever.

    I just hope that we now do not have a double elimination anywhere in this season. Anyone else wanna bet that if anyone by Shannon went home last night, no one would have gone home.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    The reality is that the Idol contract each contestant signs gives producers carte blanche to edit in any way they wish, to include in edits any information, to show any footage, right down to actually making things up.  It’s in the contract. When you sign on the dotted line, that is what you sign up for.  Do people not read the contracts they sign?  Do they not get them cleared or at least reviewed by a lawyer?  Sheesh, it’s a reality show!  The talent portion is really secondary these days …

    Maybe I’m too cynical these days but seriously kids, read the fine print before you sign and if you are anything but squeaky clean then do not be surprised if any of your past indiscretions are used in the storyline.

    I feel for Jermaine and if it truly was a case of he didn’t know what he was walking into then I commend him for the professional way in which he behaved during the segment.  But if you are in possession of or use narcotics, expect you may be arrested and charged; if your licence is suspended, don’t drive; if you get arrested, man up and don’t try to hide behind an alias.  In short, if you don’t want to do the time, don’t do the crime.  And, if you go on Idol or any reality show for that matter, expect your back story, whatever it is will make the tabloids.  Not like there isn’t precedent for it.

  • Anonymous

    How exactly did Idol use him for ratings?  I don’t remember seeing the promo that said “Tune in tonight for exclusive coverage on why Jermaine Jones was eliminated from the show!”     It also has nothing to do with editing or anything like that – he obviously has a criminal background with outstanding warrants.   If that isn’t true, then well – he can find at least a million lawyers who would be very happy to file a defamation of character lawsuit on his behalf.

  • Anonymous

    I might have come down on Jermaine harder if I didn’t know how easy it is to have an outstanding arrest warrant.  I once had hepatitis in San Francisco; sick as a dog with high fever for months.  My car, which was parked on the street, collected tickets, which turned into arrest warrants.  I never knew until I tried to pay off the tickets, by which time I could have spent time in jail.

  • Kirsten

    I’m sorry, but I’m not buying Jermaine’s story that he revealed everything to the Idol producers. Nigel explicitly asked him “Why didn’t you tell us about this before” and he responds “I was just scared, nervous. I didn’t want to get judged. I didn’t want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past. I was hoping that I could just pay it and get it taken care of and it just didn’t work out that way.”

    Around the 2 minute mark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbM8D0gCAaQ

    If somebody dragged me into their office to ask me in front of a camera why I hadn’t mentioned two incidents in 2011 and 4 outstanding warrants when I had told them about them, I wouldn’t be making excuses for not telling them. I’d be telling them to read their own disclosure form because I wrote it all down on page 7.

    Maybe it is a good thing they did film his excuses and aired it.

    It’s all well and good to make up claims after you’ve had 2 days to think about it.  He may have told them that he had been arrested, but he likely didn’t tell them he still had outstanding warrants and another incident happened during the audition phase.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    I think it was a little bit of both.  Jermaine lied to the producers, and TPTB used him to get higher ratings.  His future is up to him.  I hope he chooses well.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

     I’m mostly over this whole thing, but the problem is since it’s pretty much known that Jermaine did give fake names to the authorities a couple times, I’m not going to exactly take his version here as gospel. 

    Did the show use Jermaine for ratings? Probably.  But Jermaine also used the show for exposure and I’m not going to 100% believe his story either.  Especially since as Kristen said he gave a different story in the video when he was confronted by Nigel and co.  If you disclosed something ahead of time, then you are going to be defensive about the point that you had already disclosed that info previously.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    My argument has little to do with parking tickets lol.  He does not have outstanding warrants for parking tickets.  There is a narcotics charge, driving while under suspension, driving with open alcohol and he gives aliases.  Not murder but not that minor either.  Sorry, but Mr. Jones is not quite the sweet mama’s boy he would have led us to believe.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    It was all over the news stories all day.  Anyone who goes on the internet probably read about.

  • Anonymous

    I think the producers were VERY generous. They could have just dismissed him and made a statement, but they let him give an explaination about the arrest. They complimented him up and down. They showed a clip of his rehearsal for America to see AND they still put his itunes track for this week up for sale. So he will still make a little $ off that. To me, they were VERY, very generous to him.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cathy-Knott/563794735 Cathy Knott

    I agree with you about Jermaine and Nigel is just sleazy.  I bet he is laughing his way to the bank.  He stepped on one of the little people and it helped his ratings.

  • Tess

    I, respectfully, disagree.  Nigel could of just come out on stage Wednesday night and said that Idol had disqualified Jermaine because he lied about his “criminal” history and had used phony names when “arrested” in the past.  End of story.  Talk about opening a can of worms.  Instead Jermaine was shown telling his side of the story…and like others have said he was shown singing, got his I-tunes released (heck its 10 cents+ a sale) and was shown on the Ford commercial (that he also got paid for) and he was sent home first class (probably ’cause it was cheaper than buying two coach seats (big boy).

    Nigel is dealing with “real life” on these shows….and real life isn’t always pretty or predictable.  And, for me, the sleazys are those viewers who may have tuned in to see a “train wreck” without really caring about the show or its premise.  For me its like “blaming” the Kardashians for the fact that millions enjoy watching their sleazy show.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I honestly don’t care about any of this situation on any side.

    Tess wrote:

    “And unless its traffic tickets that “blow off the windshield” people
    are pretty damn stupid if they don’t know they have a warrant on
    themselves….unless you just throw away the initial summons and any
    subsequent official mail.”

    Unless a person gives a fake name and address to the police, in which
    case, they would never receive any official correspondence about
    warrants, etc.  At any rate, I have no sympathy for Jermaine because using aliases already showed that he’s dishonest and was trying to evade the police.

    SpencerJ2 wrote: 

    “His vague responses would seem to indicate that he’s still lying through his teeth.”

    I agree.  I think that Jermaine is used to lying and telling half-truths
    about himself, so I think that there probably are more warrants against
    him under various aliases.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I honestly don’t care about any of this situation on any side.

    Tess wrote:

    “And unless its traffic tickets that “blow off the windshield” people
    are pretty damn stupid if they don’t know they have a warrant on
    themselves….unless you just throw away the initial summons and any
    subsequent official mail.”

    Unless a person gives a fake name and address to the police, in which
    case, they would never receive any official correspondence about
    warrants, etc.  At any rate, I have no sympathy for Jermaine because using aliases already showed that he’s dishonest and was trying to evade the police.

    SpencerJ2 wrote: 

    “His vague responses would seem to indicate that he’s still lying through his teeth.”

    I agree.  I think that Jermaine is used to lying and telling half-truths
    about himself, so I think that there probably are more warrants against
    him under various aliases.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    There is a narcotics charge, driving while under suspension, driving with open alcohol and he gives aliases.

    I don’t recall any mention of narcotics or driving with open alcohol.  Driving under suspension is pretty easy to do as well unless you check your license every few weeks.  My license got suspended once because my old insurance company reported that I dropped coverage even thought what I had really done was change to a cheaper carrier.

  • ronnie

    It’s hard to believe Jermaine because he hasn’t told the truth in other areas, but it looks like he is going to be fine.  I don’t think this will backfire on Idol, everyone has already moved on.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Idol used Jermaine for ratings, just as they have used many, many folks in the past and will do in the future. (All reality shows do the same). If you don’t know that might happen when you sign on to one of these shows, you are either incredibly naive or have a possible intellectual disability.

    In this case however, I think it was a wise thing for TPTB to do. Jermaine has, admittedly, altered the truth in the past and and has the skills to do so again. If this went badly what was to stop Jermaine from blowing this into something bigger and nastier than it was. Having it all on tape and publicized stopped it from being another “he said, she said” event.

    To me the only questionable action on Idol’s part is “what did they know and when did they know it?” If they brought Jermaine back solely to play this PR card, then they committed a rather obvious and desperate publicity stunt. But overall it is no more desperate than Simon’s stunt about going to Florida to get Melanie back on the show or any of the various judges and contestant “scandals” that have been played for the ratings card.

    Jermaine is getting a little extra attention from this which could help him in the long run if he plays it correctly. This is really a win-win situation, nothing that would hurt his career in the long run. As MJ pointed out, they give Grammy’s to guys who beat their girlfriends’ faces to a pulp. Plenty of artists have criminal pasts. Many are even celebrated for it.

  • Anonymous

    How does one get away with using fake names with the cops? Don’t they need an ID when they issue warrants? Was he carrying multiple fake IDs with him when he got into trouble? Shouldn’t he be in jail by now for conning the cops?

  • Keel

    Didn’t the ratings actually go down?

  • Anonymous

    Disappointed that his situation was used for ratings? Does he not understand the entertainment business? If something like this bothers him, then he’s probably trying to get into the wrong line of work.

  • revcat

    All that segment showing Jermaine being confronted by the producers needed was for Dr Phil to appear.

  • http://twitter.com/Ladyhelix Nanette Snider

    Disappointed Idol Producers Used Him For Ratings??  Yea – well I’M disappointed he lied and wasted a spot an honest contestant could have had a chance with. 

    And he’s REALLY lucky he was on Idol – because producers on MOST other reality shows?  I shutter to think what they might have done ro him.

  • Anonymous

    I think he’s a habitual liar and is still lying about much of the story.  He brought this all on himself, and also he had a problem with one of the staff which is after the fact of the arrests and lies.

  • Listening

    I would of thought more of Jermaine if he never mentioned he was disappointed in Idol for their actions b/c their actions all stemmed from HIS deception and poor decisions. HE’S throwing stones that’s the height of hypocrisy. Did they milk it a bit yes but only when they tried to build the drama of who was actually leaving at the beginning of the show. That whole drawn out secrecy had me wincing a bit but when they paired it w/ allowing him to get his side of story, mentioning that other Idols have had legal issues in the past, and then ending it w/ showing his song rehearsal I let it go. It showed them trying to medicate the damage Jermaine had done to himself w/ all the lying.

    Also the entire basis of the show is to make a super star so the people behind the scenes can make money too. This isn’t some altruistic situation they want something out of this too. You’re using them and they’re using you all these talent shows are, lets not be naive here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle

    He’s disappointed that producers used him for ratings? Is he also disappointed that politicians lie and that the prices are rising?
    Dude, it’s a TV show, of course they’re gonna use everything for ratings, that’s their job. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NDYOWBIIPZU6PBRHGOPT2ZZJXQ sweetmm

    I wonder if Jermaine can sue AI for public defamation; kaching!!!  

  • Anonymous

    I think Idol found out about Jermaines warrants, thought hmmmm – lets bring back a 13th person, get some drama going but all the while knowing they were bringing back Jermaine only to generate MORE drama when they unleashed their little video of the confrontation?  How could they not know with all of the extensive background checks they do? I dont care if he used a different name, the records would show he used a different name and have HIS name now because that is one of the charges, using a false name so this would have come up in their check, false names or not, the two would have been connected by then

  • Anonymous

    Nigel is sick. He knew what he was doing bringing Jermain back. He wanted to destroy a young man’s life for ratings.

  • Anonymous

    I feel bad for Jermaine because I think he’s a pretty messed-up person at this point. But I feel bad for him because of the crap he’s misguidedly done — and continues doing — to himself, not because of anything Nigel and Ken did to him. For instance, trying to tell people that he actually disclosed the things they complained about him not disclosing? Not credible in the least, given that he clearly said the opposite when they confronted him. So — messing himself up even further. Jermaine, Jermaine, you need help.

    If they’d dismissed him without showing the exchange on tv, the story would have come out in ugly and probably mostly erroneous-at-first dribs and drabs all over the news media. And those stories wouldn’t have ended with a nice shot of him singing nicely at the last rehearsal he went to, either. As it was, he got to give his side of the story, and they wished him well, and it was all pretty low key.

    Hope he gets himself together someday.

  • Anonymous

    “Jermaine Jones Was Disappointed Idol Producers Used Him For Ratings”

    Say what? Jermaine, dude, have you SEEN Idol?

  • Anonymous

    I would hope not, but I can’t say it never occurred to me.

  • RockiDreams

    Oh good grief, did poor little Jermaine not see the camera while he was speaking with Nigel and Ken?  Give me a break.  He got his 15 minutes, now shut up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000487285329 Willis Dunlow

    LOL…how funny an “idol” is disappointed they use him for RATINGS when it is negative but NO COMPLAINTS if they used him/her for ratings IF in their(contestant) favor!!!….I mean, really folks-where are we mentally to “pity” a F*** up with so much potential!…AWE-poor fellow,  SOOOOOOOOOO mean to highlight his flaws—we should JUST focus on his wonderful talents……….OMG—-PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!  

  • Anonymous

    Milk that 15 minutes dude! 

    The way he defended so many of his lies reminds me of a child.  When one of my girls was little she use to botch the saying liar, liar, pants on fire….she would say liar, liar, pants on smoke, lol.  Jermaine Jermaine, pants on smoke….yes, corny, but he is indeed fudging a bit.

    Yes, maybe Nigel used him, but he showed him in the most respectful light any bootee has ever received.  He last week when Jeremy was bounced did he even get a sing out?  I don’t think so, and he didn’t obfuscate the truth, and he got the trap door, see ya treatment.  Jermaine needs to be thankful they just didn’t have Ryan say, “you’ve noticed Jermaine Jones absence.  He lied to producers and had to be eliminated”. “This is American Idol”

    The interwebs would have been ablaze, the same ratings would have been received, and he would have been totally disgraced.  He instead left with you’re a damn fine singer, and a handshake, apologies all around.  Yep, he was totally used.  He should be sending them a thank you card.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s hilarious that you can get arrested for DUIs, disorderly conduct, have an alleged history of drug abuse, yet still become President of the United States. However, if you have a similar (and possibly less serious) arrest record, you can’t be on American Idol. 

    Regardless of whether Jermaine lied or not, Nigel is full of shit.  American Idol does an extensive background check; it would take extreme  incompetence to miss this arrest history. Notice that Nigel didn’t mention Jermaine’s older, and more serious arrest warrant (supposedly in 2006). My guess is that Jermaine did inform them about his older arrest record, but failed to mention the recent outstanding warrants (driving with suspended license and fake name), thinking that he could probably pay them off without anyone knowing.

    I agree with whoever said that it isn’t difficult to have outstanding “arrest warrants” in California. Two students in my college dorm had outstanding arrest warrants for running a stop sign on a bicycle and failing to pay the ticket! Fortunately for them, they could afford a lawyer, who got the charges cleared.

  • Anonymous

    First and foremost, American Idol is a reality show! 

    Reality shows thrive on this kind of drama.  Of course they handled the whole thing on TV, of course to bring in high ratings.   If you sign on to appear on the show, expect it all to be out there, especially in today’s 24/7 media frenzy atmosphere.  You cannot hide anything about your past now, even if you innocently try to do so.  The media hell hounds are all over it, trying to bring high ratings to their shows/blogs/newspapers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kat-Myers/100001011861766 Kat Myers

    Except that JJ isn’t from Cali

  • http://twitter.com/TweetsFromFrank Frank

     And all the contestants who had medical problems on the show (Crystal, Casey, Phillip) were white. O_O

  • http://twitter.com/TweetsFromFrank Frank

     He was gonna finish at 12th place anyway. Wouldn’t have mattered if he was eliminated because of these warrants or by America.

  • hcpoirot

    Its a win win situation for both. Jermaine lies to get into top 25. Then he even got more screen time with all the interviews now trying to act innocent.

    And of course NIgel and co already know about it and bring him back for DRAMA and RATING. Why would they bring back a contestant with mediocre vocal and not that interesting in Hollywood and Vegas week? Then he got the pimp spot in top 25 performance?

    And if it not for rating, why would they tape and broadcast interview with Jermaine. They can handle it privately like they did all these years with Corey Clark (season 2) etc etc.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003334810983 Lydia Deetz

    I’m surprised he is allowed to talk about it. American Idol is known to regulate current and former contestants’ interviews.

  • http://twitter.com/CobraLikeWisdom Faizon Savyo

    Bottom line: This all stemmed from a lie he told about his father. He concocted a story for sympathy and it all snowballed.

    If you missed it: He had allegedly told producers that his father had left the family about 12 years prior. Left him and his mother alone and had not been seen since or whatever. He claims after he made Idol, his daddy then showed up and wanted to be in his life.

    The father however claims it was all lies, and that him and his son are close and talk regularly, and never had a falling out, etc. Hinting that Jermaine and his mother had created the story to get sympathy votes. Dad went further and claimed he was in the AUDIENCE LAST WEEK.

    He then took to Twitter to claim that he never made such claims, despite several people CONFIRMING that he did. When it seemed fishy to them, Producers decided to dig deeper. They did a more extensive background check and found NOTHING. This made them MORE suspicious. So they did other investigative work and found out that Jermaine, as they know him wasn’t found because he had used the fake names during his arrests.

    Through that they discovered the arrests and the 4 outstanding warrants.

    Here’s the issue, he claimed in another interview that all of these infractions were minor, but that they all were a big deal to him (as they should be) but then he goes on to make the claim that one of the instances where he used an alias, an instance from less than a year ago, he can’t even remember what the charge was. Really? A year ago? A big deal and something that caused you to be scared enough to say “I gotta use an alias on this one!”, but it just slips your mind?

    C’mon, Son! If you feel for this cat, or you feel he’s an innocent victim used by the evil “POWERS THAT BE!!!11″ than you’re more gullible than I thought.

     

  • Anonymous

    fuzzywuzzy said. I don’t feel don’t feel sorry for him one tiny bit. He knew exactly what he was doing. I work at a juvenile detention center. Outstanding warrants work like this: Large city, minor crap, cops don’t run and look for these people (they start with failure to appear). They run into you on the street or pick you up for some BS, run your name and ay, “Oh, look at this: Jermaine has 4 outstanding warrants” because in the overall scheme of things he is a petty criminal and not on America’s most wanted. This stuff happens all the time. He knew exactly what he was doing. I’m going to bet someone (maybe his PO or someone from the court system because they, um, recognized his larger than life a** on National TV)) called Idol up and spilled the beans.

  • http://twitter.com/CobraLikeWisdom Faizon Savyo

    Also, Idol has had the same rule since the show began in 2002: No outstanding warrants for arrest and no outstanding contractual agreements.

    Whether he knew of the warrants or not is irrelevant. He had them, and they void his participation. Period. If he thought everything was cleared because his lawyer told him it was, then that’s on the lawyer, not Idol.

  • Anonymous

    However, if you have a similar (and possibly less serious) arrest record, you can’t be on American Idol.

    There have been many Idols with arrest records that include drug possession, shoplifting, DUIs–you name it. That’s not the issue. Jermaine was DQ’d because HE LIED. And he continues to lie. All Idol asks is that you are up front with them at the beginning, and that if you have any outstanding issues–like warrants–cleared before the show.

    Honestly. This point has been made over and over and over and over again ever since the story broke.

  • Anonymous

    He did say he hoped to last long enough to “pay” them off.  My guess is, the reason he isn’t in jail right now, is that Idol paid them off for him before they sent him packing.
     
    I don’t care what he was accused of doing, the whole situation should have been handled in private.
     

  • Incipit

    “All Idol asks is that you are up front with them at the beginning…  Honestly. This point has been made over and over and over and over again ever since the story broke.”

     Exactly, mj. They sign a legal contract. Non disclosure is grounds for termination. It’s always the cover-up that is the Watergate, not the crime itself.

  • Anonymous

    No matter if the original charges were minor or not, Jermaine’s giving a fake name to the police indicates a knowledge that he did not take care of it.  He would have known he was driving on a suspended license after the first charge and if he took no steps to correct it and still kept driving does not speak well for his character. 

    I know that driving on a suspended drivers license seems like an insignificant infraction to some, but insurance companies will cancel policies based on the fact that the driver doesn’t have a valid license.  I’m sure no one would like to have uninsured drivers on the road. 

    Bottom line?  I think he used Idol as his lottery ticket, to pay off his past debts and live a good life as long as his fame lasted.  Not sure he thinks ahead enough to create a permanent career for himself from his instant fame.  The way AI let him go was atually to his benefit.  They acted like what he actually did was not as bad as lying to the show about it, let every see a final snippet of him singing in rehearsal, so it left a lot of viewers wondering why Idol made a big deal out of it.  Jermaine is blowing the opportunity.  People love redemption–clear up the old stuff, take responsibiltiy and apologize, and then keep singing.  He can still have a career. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Thank you mj!  That’s the point, Jermaine is STILL lying.  The criminal record isn’t the issue, it’s the fact that Jermaine covered it up.  I think he would have been allowed to continue his run if he had been honest and upfront from the beginning and didn’t still have outstanding warrants against him.  Those two factors were grounds for termination without question.  I can’t feel sorry for him because of his defensive attitude and continued dishonesty.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Anything could have happened to decide to keep driving though. Needed the car for work, couldn’t afford the fines, etc. People do that kind of thing all the time, sometimes folk have 2 bad choices before then where they are screwed either way. I’m not overly mad at him for the driving charges.

    And the other warrant, drinking from an open container, is not a big deal at all IMO. Hanging out with your friends while having a beer is not the end of the world.

    The bigger issue is that he lied about it. He gave fake names to the cops (twice!) and then he lied to Idol about it all. I think Jermaine is a guy who may have got into some serious trouble early in life and turned his life around, but perhaps kept some of his old habits… like lying to and evading cops. He probably still sees them as the enemy. Lots of people don’t trust police.

    Hard lesson to learn, but his life will go on.

  • Anonymous

    Aw, Jermaine is disappointed with AI.  Ugh. Have a nice life Jermaine, once you get one.

  • Anonymous

     Yeah, gee how dare a reality TV show use me for reality TV! LOL