American Idol’s “gentle giant” Jermaine Jones apparently isn’t so gentle after all!
On tonight’s performance episode of the show, Jermaine will be eliminated from the competition. As it turns out, the show’s producers learned that he was arrested twice last year and even has outstanding warrants.
The singer hid his criminal past from the show’s producers, but the discovery was prompted by his backstory of not being close to his father. After Idol producers learned that his father wasn’t estranged, they began digging deeper into Jermaine’s background — only to find the dirt.
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.
Over the last few days, we’ve been reporting that Jermaine told producers his father abandoned him 10 years ago, but his dad called TMZ and called B.S. on his son, saying they see each other regularly.
Jermaine began tweeting that he never told producers about his dad abandoning him. We’re told the producers — who knew Jermaine had made the statement — became generally suspicious and began looking more closely at his background, and that’s what led to the revelation of his criminal history.
After it was announced that he would be eliminated tonight, Jermaine tweeted the following message:
Did you like his voice? Why make stuff up? What are your thoughts on the matter? Are you sad to see him go — or should he have told the truth from the beginning?
UPDATE: READ THE FULL PERFORMANCE RECAP HERE!