March 15th, 2012
11:55 AM ET
Now that “American Idol” hopeful Jermaine Jones has officially been dismissed from the show, some of his fellow contestants are coming to his defense.
Many told CNN Wednesday that they believe Fox's decision to oust him was unfair - despite Jones’ apparent failure to reveal he had a criminal past before coming on "Idol."
On Wednesday's episode, host Ryan Seacrest announced that the former Top 12 contestant would not be continuing on in the competition.
During the show, a pre-taped segment showed executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe having a sit-down with Jones, explaining that they had to let him go.
"We are not allowed to have anyone who has an outstanding warrant on our program," Lythgoe told Jones, "and you've got four of them. We have to let you go."
Although it appeared that Jones knew that he was going to be disqualified, his fellow contestants say they were kept in the dark.
“We actually found out when America found out,” finalist Joshua Ledet revealed to CNN. “We knew something was up because he wasn’t around, and we were wondering like, 'OK, what is going on?'"
When Seacrest "gave the announcement on live television, then everyone was like ‘Oh My GOD,’” Ledet said. “It was devastating...Jermaine is a great person inside and out. I know sometimes we are judged from our past, and I don’t think it’s right. I think that is what happened in his case."
Contestant Colton Dixon, who praised Jones for maintaining his poise while in the hot seat, agreed.
“He handled himself so well and so professionally when he was confronted by Nigel and Ken,” said Dixon. “Everyone has skeletons in the closet, and some more in the foreground than others, and I hate that for Jermaine but he is a solid guy and I love him and I wish he were here!”
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