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It's official: Jermaine Jones has been kicked off American Idol. The recent controversy was addressed on Fox's hit show last night, and it was confirmed that Jones will not be returning to the competition.
It was reported earlier in the day that Jones had failed to disclose his criminal history when he signed on to compete in American Idol. Turns out that he actually has four outstanding arrest warrants that date back to March 2011.
Though Ryan Seacrest opened the show by addressing Jones' absence, the producers of American Idol waited an hour to finally explain why the 6-foot-8 singer wouldn't be returning. The on-air reveal of Jones' criminal past was made by Idol producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, who reprimanded him for not revealing this information sooner.
"We're not judgmental at all. Lots of kids come to us that have problems," Warwick said. "But you did know that you were encumberd to tell us the truth about all of this, and it appears that you just haven't on any level."
Jones responded by saying he was "scared and nervous" and "didn't want to get judged or penalized" for his past. Unfortunately for Jones, it is against show policy to include a contestant with any outstanding warrants. So it seems like Jones will be leaving the show for good this time, unlike his previous departure where he was brought back as the surprise 25th contestant in the final 24.
It was Jones who first broke the news of his departure, tweeting, "Awww I will no longer b on the show." Though his official Twitter account has since been deleted, WetPaint.com has a record of the tweet.
That means that the number of competitors on Idol will drop down to 10 instead of 11 when one singer gets the boot on tonight's show. Talk about leveling the playing field!