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Posted at 07:02 PM ET, 03/14/2012

‘American Idol’ 2012: Producers boot “gentle giant” Jermaine Jones


Jermaine Jones (Michael Becker - Fox)

Producers attempting to liven up aging “American Idol” by retrieving Jermaine Jones, who’d been weeded out by the judges, got more than they bargained for when they learned he’d had run-ins with the law using various fake names.

“Awww I will no longer b on the show,” Jermaine Jones tweeted Tuesday on his official "Idol" Twitter account, after the Web site The Smoking Gun posted documents indicating that he had outstanding arrest warrants in New Jersey.

His entire “Idol” Twitter account has been deleted.

“Idol” exec producer Nigel Lythgoe told TMZ Wednesday afternoon that Jermaine would be seen on this week’s performance show, being given the heave ho.

The fake names ultimately did in Jermaine, explained Ken Warwick, who is also an exec producer on the show.

“The big problem...was the fact that he had given false names,” Warwick said. “There might be other false names and other...charges that we just don’t know about.”

Fox reps could not be reached for comment.

Jones dramatically became the 13th member of the “Top-12” when the show’s three judges, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson regretted their decision to weed out the 6’8” baritone dubbed “The Gentle Giant” by show host Ryan Seacrest. You know – just like last fall when Simon Cowell regretted tossing Melanie Amaro as one of his team members on his singing competition show, “The X Factor” and melodramatically went to her home in Florida to beg her to take him back. And then Melanie went on to win the whole thing. Great TV.

Only, the Jermaine Jones story has not played out in quite the same way.  Wednesday morning, The Smoking Gun posted court documents alleging Jones is wanted in four counties for failing to appear in court on a variety of criminal charges dating back to 2006.

This Web site has, in the past, posted information about other Idolettes that got them bumped off the show.

The oldest warrant stems from a 2006 narcotics arrest, according to the Web site.

In 2008 Jones allegedly was cited on an open-container charge.

In ’09 he got busted for providing cops with a false name, Smoking Gun says.

And 2011 was a busy year for Jones, having been nabbed twice, and both times gave new names to authorities. This guy’s had more names than Sean P. Puff Diddy Daddy Combs.

Now, we all know it is a time-honored tradition for pop music performers to get arrested for this and that. The key here is to get arrested once you’re famous and lining the pockets of industry suits. Yes, occasionally, if the artist’s offense is deemed a particularly heinous one, the singer may have to lie low for awhile, and do some stations of the cross.

 The last of which is usually offering yourself up as ratings catnip for a morning infotainment program or late night talk show.

And certainly Jones is not the first Idolette with warrants and arrests in his or her past. Some of them have even been allowed to continue to compete – the ones that informed the producers of the incidents BEFORE the start of competition.

But the show takes a dim view of Idolettes who withhold distasteful incidents that then get leaked, by outfits like The Smoking Gun, and surprise and embarrasses the show, the network — and the advertisers.

 Remember back in 2003 when Fox yanked Corey Clark from the show after learning, from The Smoking Gun, that Clark was due in court for allegedly assaulting his teenage sister and then resisting arrest?

That same season, Fox gave the old heave-ho to contestant Frenchie Davis when word got out that she had broken no law by posing, when she was older than 18, for a Web site that catered to kiddie-porn fantasies.

Fox also booted Jaered Andrews out of the race after discovering he’d been involved in a brawl while celebrating his selection as an “American Idol” semifinalist; the fight led to the death of a bar patron.

By  |  07:02 PM ET, 03/14/2012

 
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