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It's time to say goodbye to American Idol contestant Jermaine Jones -- though his departure from Fox's reality singing competition has nothing to do with his voice.
Sources tell TMZ that the 6-foot-8 contestant lied about his criminal history to show producers and was booted once they found out. The 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, N.J. was reportedly arrested twice last year, once allegedly for violence, and still has outstanding warrants for his arrest. A word to the wise: When someone is looking to arrest you, don't join a popular television series that airs nationwide!
Wetpaint.com reports that Jones confirmed the news himself on his official Twitter account, though the account has since been deleted. "Awww I will no longer b on the show," he wrote.
This won't be the first time viewers have said goodbye to Jones. He was originally left out of the top 24 contestants, decided by judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson. However, he was later brought back as the surprise 25th semi-finalist and advanced to the top 13 after a rousing rendition of Luther Vandross' "Dance with My Father."
The remaining 11 finalists must be pretty excited that the number of contestants has been narrowed down before this week's elimination. It's unclear how tonight's episode will address Jones' departure, but they'll have to explain his absence at some point. Tune into Fox at 8 p.m. to see how they handle it!