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'American Idol' semifinalist Jermaine Jones may be disqualified

March 13, 2012 | 10:46 pm

Jermaine Jones has reportedly been booted from "American Idol" for concealing his criminal past.

So much for the contestant vetting process at "American Idol."

Jermaine Jones, one of the final 12 contestants who was dubbed "The Gentle Giant" for his vast height and soulful singing, tweeted on Tuesday that he would no longer be on the show.

The tweet quickly disappeared from his official "Idol" Twitter account, but reports from TMZ, the Hollywood Reporter and elsewhere said that Jones was being disqualified for concealing a sometimes-violent criminal past from producers. The reports did not specify what crimes Jones had been accused of.

A Fox spokeswoman said the network would have no comment. A representative for Fremantle, which produces "Idol," could not be reached immediately.

This is not the first time an "Idol" hopeful has been ejected for reasons unrelated to singing. Corey Clark was dumped back in 2003 for not being forthcoming about his rap sheet. And several young performers were let go for appearing in racy photos or stripping in nightclubs.

What do you think of the Jermaine Jones situation?

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-- Scott Collins
twitter.com/scottcollinsLAT

Photo: Jermaine Jones has reportedly been booted from "American Idol" for concealing his criminal past. Credit: Michael Becker/Fox

 

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