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Jermaine Jones (singer)

Date of birth : 1986-11-03
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Pine Hill, New Jersey, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2012-03-20

Jermaine Jones (born November 3, 1986) is an American singer and actor from Pine Hill, New Jersey, who came in twelfth place after being disqualified from the eleventh season of American Idol.

Jones was born to Katrice Cornett and lives in Pine Hill, New Jersey. He attended Overbrook High School. He works as a vocal instructor.

In Las Vegas, he performed "Make it Easy on Yourself" with Richie Law and the judges advanced both to the next round.

Jones was not originally chosen for the top 24 semifinalist roundbut he was called back after the top 24 selection filming, making him the 25th semi-finalist and thirteenth male semi-finalist. He is 6 feet 8 and a half inches tall and has been dubbed on the show as "The Gentle Giant" due to his height. In the semi-finals, he sang Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father". He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced to the top 13.

On March 13, 2012, it was announced that Jones would be disqualified from the competition after failing to disclose that he had been previously arrested on two separate occasions, one of them being a violent crime. He is the second Idol contestant to be disqualified from the finals, after the same thing happened to Corey Clark. A clip of his rehearsal of "Somewhere Out There", was shown after his removal from the show and would have been his performance that night.

On March 14, Jones was disqualified for concealing arrests and outstanding warrants.He denied that he had concealed his previous arrests, and had admitted that he had been arrested before.Critics accused the show of staging the disqualification to boost ratings.

When asked about speculations that producers had prior knowledge of his criminal past and that the producers were simply out to exploit him on-air, Jones replied that "I haven't even taken my mind into that and why they did what they did, because then I'll drive myself crazy". A police official in a New Jersey town he was the target of two arrest warrants said that the case wasn't big enough to merit going after him, and that for the show "to expose, embarrass and interrogate a young man without an attorney in front of 40 million viewers was an outrage".


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