March 15th, 2012
11:55 AM ET

'Idol' contestants react to Jermaine Jones' exit

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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  1. Wilhem

    The only reason that there is more black reported crime is that when white people rob and steal its not televised. We steal billions and destroy the ecological systems. We destroy civilizations, the air, trees, whole species of animals, pollute everything. We are the worst people, but won't admit it. Look at our history. How can you be proud of destroying the planet with our so-called "new" technologies? What about genetically modified plants and animals?

    March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. Wilhem

    Some of you racist posters are morons. I know plenty of white people who can't read, spell, and rob people. You are blatant racists, and fools.

    March 17, 2012 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. Dan

    The other contestants should all immediately quit in protest.
    Do not be blinded by the use of the word 'Rules'.
    The producers do whatever they want whenever they want.
    They threw him off to get press coverage.
    They humiliated him. They used him. Their behavior was unethical.
    Do not be mislead by the term 'Rule'. It is NOT a 'LAW'. It is fully at the discretion of the producers. They regularly like to surprise people by changing the format of the eliminations.

    If you are someone who can think outside the box you will have the perspective to understand that you are being mislead when you hear the justification was the 'Rules'.

    A.I. just had a tribute to Whitney Huston. I support that and clearly A.I. does as well . Has she ever used illegal drugs ? What do A.I. rules say about her. The answer – who cares what A.I. rules say about her. Their rules are totally meaningless. It is a for profit TV show exploiting whatever situation they want to benefit themselves.

    March 17, 2012 at 1:53 am | Report abuse |


    March 16, 2012 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  5. white wonder

    just turn on any news station or open a newspaper any day of the week and its almost 90 percent of the time the blacks doing the crimes not the jews not the indians not the whites not the polish not the italians its sickning

    March 15, 2012 at 11:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Boccelli53

    Now days, people have to pass a back-ground check for almost everything! How did he get that far?

    March 15, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Art Vandolay

    Jermaine should be arrested for making my ears bleed,every week I watched Idol.

    March 15, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. honey

    So please educate urself on this topic...ur ancestors were never owned, raped, sold, etc by whites....slavery is part of our history... And Regardless how painful.. we will never forever

    March 15, 2012 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Cause yall nnngass dont stop useing the darnnnn word..quit teaching your kids to say whats up nngggaa,or thats my nngga,or nngga please,or thats my lil nggas,,,quit advertising the word nnggga....its your peoples own fault that the word nngggaa hasnt been forgotten....

      March 15, 2012 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. honey many times have u heard a white call an african american a nig-ga...many.... The word is use constantly throughout this site....just imagine in everyday society....that word alone is affliated with slavery...therefore the african american community doesnt feel as if its over....

    March 15, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • yaya

      So is OK for blk ppl calling each other ni-gga??? I love every skin i think everything is about personality and how ppl treat each other i don't look at skin. I have every color in my family and for us is normal. But it really irritates me why is constantly use the racism when it comes to common sense! This is not about him been blk is about him having outstanding warrant !!!!

      March 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ASH

    It's not about being judged because of your past. It's about not being honest about it. We've all done things we're not proud of but when you break the rules, you suffer the consequenses. It's a shame too because he is really talented.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Yes thats right but ,blk people have to make everything about race,,,,they whine and cry..even the president obamas said in a speech ," Quit crying quit whinning" get a job.......and they still dont get it.......most people voted for obama cause his black not cause they like the politics...and they will do it doubt!...

      March 15, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Skunk-the-Noodle

    Some of you are familiar... Oh, that's it, third on the evolution chart.

    March 15, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob


    March 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. honey


    March 15, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. yaya

    I don't really understand why is everytime ok for a black person to bring the racism in a converstation but everybody else can't?????? I'm not white i'm hispanic and trust me when i say this!!! STOP dragging the chains SLAVERY is OVER! I see more black ppl always bringing this topic than anybody else!!!!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      I agree...and most ,if all races in the world would agree that blks are very,very not a racist,i treat people like they treat me,but yes I have in my life time ,more trouble with blks than any other race....and when they dont get their way ,the cry racism,.....i think we need to start educating blk people about the consequences of crying racism and getting along with others,,quit blameing whites,or any light skin person for their past,,(we did not enslave them) look at the jews,and learn a lesson ...just saying.....

      March 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Italy4

      When discrimitation ends – then and only then will blacks stop "brining it up".

      March 15, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. aj


    March 15, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Debbie

    Just because he has outstanding warrants, doesn't necessarily mean he is a convicted criminal. People also have arrest warrants issued for failing to pay traffic tickets.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bonnie

    What an idiot. He gives false names and then appears on national tv???? Ya just can't fix stupid. Has nothing to do with the color of his skin.

    March 15, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  18. honey

    @derp....refer 2 d last post...

    March 15, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. aj


    March 15, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. aj


    March 15, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  21. honey

    @herewegoagain...i'm sorry I accidently ended my last post with a preposition....please allow me 2 correct it.... WHAT KIND OF WORLD DO WE LIVE IN.....BIOCTH!!!!. Now get ur grammar policing azz off of this site...

    March 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. honey

    @herewegoagain..Critique this....white americans are hypocrites. They spend millions trying 2 look black by inflating their lips and azzes alike...hours in the sun in an attempt 2 darken their pale/ghost complexion. Yet they are constantly sterotyping and insulting the african american community....what kind of world do we live in.....

    March 15, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      You live in a world where some stupid white people try to look like blacks, and some blacks get all torqued up because white people make fun of the stereotype. You know, stereotypes, like the one where black people cannot write a complete sentence, use proper punctuation, or spell.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Or keep a job,or stay off jail,or not pay child support,or take care of their childrens,or pay their bills,or to much bling on their teeth,or big shiny rims,or robb your assss, or ask for gas money at the gas staition,or eat to much chicken,pork grins,pork chops,cornbread,koolaid,red soda,lusting for white woman,pimpnnn,crack,drug dealing,bobby jackson ,,whoops,,ok sorry.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Honey they not trying to look black! We are trying to look hispanic or latin....whites are to white,blacks are to black,and latinos are just right,golden brown..perfect tan...kind of like bakeing a cake..god ,cooked blacks to long,whites where takennn out to early..and all latins mexicans ,spanish, colombians, where baked jusy right..

      March 15, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  23. jd


    March 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  24. republitard!


    March 15, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  25. honey

    @jimmer. Ummm..Let me call lindsey lohen. May she can help me with that ?.....

    March 15, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmmer

      You should also call Lindsay Lohan.

      Maybe she can help you spell.

      Dumb shine.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      i wonder who will be eliminated tonight...of course the good by one they have to go thanks to the 3 jello...wanna bet...shannon,ericka,stylar ,hollie will remain...all the frog voice.

      March 15, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  26. jd


    March 15, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  27. cherry

    oh this show american idol is for white only,even they cannot sing,they will not be eliminated.did you hear shannon,ericka sing on the elimination 13..but they let yhem stay and jeremy was out..hahaha...these two have squeaky voice..

    March 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  28. KJURE

    Kjunitedrecords will sign Jones the past is the past..

    March 15, 2012 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  29. meadowmuffin

    @SusieQ Stop shouting.

    March 15, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  30. JermaineSucked

    Do you A$$H0LES know what OUTSTANDING WARRANTS are??? Why do you !D!0TS talk about "skeletons in the closet"?? GOOD GRIEF – you people should try out for AMERICAN STUPID!!!

    March 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  31. jimmmer

    Kneeeee grooooow

    March 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  32. honey

    @jimmer a white chic who doesnt tan to darken her skin?. Who doesnt inject her lips? Who doesnt inflate her azz...noooooooo....

    March 15, 2012 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • jimmmer

      "a white chic who doesnt tan to darken her skin?. Who doesnt inject her lips? Who doesnt inflate her azz...."

      Who doesn't have four outstanding warrants out for her arrest.

      Stupid shine.

      March 15, 2012 at 1:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • proudtobeme


      March 15, 2012 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  33. honey

    @ jimmer. A white guy who isnt a pedophile? No?

    March 15, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  34. SUSIEQ


    March 15, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  35. me

    He should of taken care of his business first and owned up to it. But on the other hand, I can think of a whole lot of singers with some sort of past, or present. Should we all be judges?

    March 15, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  36. bravodicus

    Its the truth that sets us free....and cuts us loose. Life is about decisions. He made some bad ones and made another bad one by not being honest. He was different. An Idol? No but maybe he'll he'll get a break and learn from this.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  37. PURPLE

    I agree – he was not that good and would not have lasted long. While the show is about singing, it becomes a popularity contest at this point, so talent does not always count. Hair and looks do.

    Best of luck to remaining talent.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      agree so these contestants who can sing will be eliminated anyway then will let the white to stay like shannnon,hollie,erikca,stylar all with frog voice but they are white though not all beautiful but they can fix their faces with surgeon when they win.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • @cherry

      Could you please translate that from Nebonics to English. We would love to know what you have to say, but we don't speak Nebonics.

      March 15, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      i just did......all white contestants are high picth,they cannot sing..they all sound the same...frog voice..hahaha

      March 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Jimmer

    Really? A black guy with an outstanding warrant? No?

    March 15, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  39. jellybean

    if he had been given a second chance, then I think Vanessa Williams should have gotten her ti tle and crown back.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  40. KajinPL

    Wow. That sucks.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  41. be quiet

    I wonder how he even made the lives shows in the first place? his voice is just not good.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  42. San Jose

    He would've been the next eliminated anyway...

    March 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
  43. LoJenk


    March 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Duck


    March 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Cow

    They should not have booted him. The show is about singing. Whether or not he had past troubles should be irrelevant.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • derp

      He didn't have past troubles, he had present troubles. What don't you understand about "Outstanding Warrant".

      Although I have to admit, it would have been really funny if they had left him on just so the cops could arrest him live on stage.

      March 15, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • SUSIEQ


      March 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • notaclue

      Also, what type of nut has outstanding warrents and goes on national tv. what an idiot!

      March 15, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherry

      agree,it is outstanding warrant,it means present...and contestant ledet and philip said that everyone has skeleton in the closet,so maybe the police should check onthem too..and they cant sing anyway.ledet last night was out of tune ,i dont know why the 3 muskeeters were saying oh that was amazing..instead of saying that is horrible....poor judges...

      March 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JermaineSucks

      Black man with CRIMINAL HISTORY! Black man with OUTSTANDING WARRANTS! Tell us something WE DON'T KNOW!!!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • scissors

      Thats is sooo racist! You must be 100 years old!
      Stop being racist and show some compassion!

      March 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow!

      "black man with criminal record"
      I can't believe you just said that!
      Racism has no place in America! SANTORUM, IS THAT YOU?

      March 15, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • pmn

      First of all, he asked disclose past criminal history and lied! Hello its like lying on a job application. However, like everyone else said IT IS NOT PAST CRIMINAL HISTORY IT IS A CURRENT WARRANT...FOUR OF THEM! If I could make that any clearer. I agree if crimes were in past by doing his time and paying his fines to want a clean start but this not the case. The dude is a conartist regardless of how well he can sing. He fooled everyone and the end lost because he was not honest hence a criminal.

      March 15, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Great lets promote ex cons and rapeist to the problem america! That's why your kids are broking up to be doctors and lawyers....NOT!

      March 15, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Growing up to

      March 15, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • I can't believe is not butter

      Typical brothaaaaa

      March 15, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |

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