American Idol Dismisses Contestant for Criminal Records

Nick Fishman

According to TMZ (never thought I’d get to say that), American Idol has announced that they will give show contestant, Jermaine Jones, the boot after they learned about the following criminal records:

“One incident went down on March 5, 2011 … when Jones was involved in a fight at a Howard Johnson Hotel in Jersey. We’re told cops responded … but Jermaine gave them a fake name — Joel Jones. Jermaine was charged with public nuisance and obstruction of justice. He was also arrested for having outstanding warrants.”

“The next incident went down November 27, 2011 … when Jermaine was the passenger in a car that was pulled over in Gloucester Township, NJ. Jermaine was questioned by cops and ONCE AGAIN gave them a fake name — Kareem Watkins.”

Jones has a total of four outstanding warrants which he chose not to share with show producers when directly asked about a criminal history.

Idol might do itself a favor in the future and run better background checks before contestants actually appear on the show.  Although, according to at least one Yahoo.com writer, perhaps there’s an alternate theory here.

” . . . the crafty conspiracy theorist in me wonders if this was a ratings ploy all along: You know, bring Jermaine back for the semifinals to create some drama and buzz, then create even more drama and buzz later on, when his criminal-past bombshell leads to his “shocking” disqualification. I just find it a little hard to believe that “Idol’s” staff would not have been able to uncover Jermaine’s (very recent) alleged crimes via a standard background check, and it seems fishy that the one contestant that was given a last-minute reprieve is now the one getting the boot. Is it possible that by bringing back a contestant who was already set up for an early disqualification, the show’s producers had sneakily hoped to generate headlines and boost “Idol’s” flagging ratings, without jeopardizing any actual worthy contestants’ future chances? We’ll never know.

Inquiring minds do, indeed want to know.  I’ll leave you with the the smooth musical stylings of one Jermaine Jones, whom fans all over the world will never have a chance to hear on Idol again.  So long Jermaine.  We hardly knew ye.

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Nick Fishman is the co-founder of EmployeeScreenIQ, a leading, global employment background screening provider, and serves as the company’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer. He pioneered the creation of EmployeeScreen University, the #1 educational resource on employment background checks for human resources, security and risk management professionals. A recognized industry expert, Nick is a frequent author, presenter and contributor to the news media. Nick is also a licensed private investigator in the states of Ohio and Texas.
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