This is more than a few past mistakes. It seems this time
: It's been a while since American Idol
saw one of its finalists' dreams cut short thanks to an unseemly past, but it appears Season 11 Top 13 finalist Jermaine Jones
has resurrected the tradition. He tweeted March 13 that he was no longer on the series.
Though his official Idol Twitter account has been removed - a pretty solid confirmation of his disqualification - he managed to send one last message to fans before it went dark: "Awww I will no longer b on the show." But Jones was already hovering in the bottom two, there's got to be something big to make Idol speed up the shuffle.
According to TMZ
, Jones' chequered past is to blame. While host Ryan Seacrest
calls the deep-toned singer the "Gentle Giant," his reported past record is anything but. The celeb news site claims Jones concealed past crimes from the producers and that one of his indiscretions involved violence. Idol's
spokespeople have yet to comment on the accusations.
Idol has shown its zero-tolerance policy multiple times in the past, including kicking off Frenchie Davis for past pornographic photos and Corey Clark for his concealed arrest. Yet, every time Idol banishes a contestant for their past indiscretions, it gets fans talking: should these singers be judged for their past mistakes? Or should we accept them as they are today? We all make mistakes, and if anyone understands that its Idol judge Steven Tyler. Why does Idol require contestants to have such spotless records?