Ryan Seacrest hinted at the top of the show that the revelation was coming. But you already knew, of course.
But it wasn’t until 1 hour and 18 minutes into the broadcast, after seven contestants had performed songs released the year they were born, that footage from the meeting between Idol executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe with Jermaine Jones on Tuesday afternoon was aired.
It was worth waiting for.
“In March of last year, you were charged – criminally charged – [with] giving a fake name to police of Joel Jones. In November of last year again, you were criminally charged and you gave them a fake name of Kareem Watkins. You didn’t disclose those charges to us,” Lythgoe told Jones, who sat facing the execs.
Warwick said that the producers of the show had learned of “four active warrants” out for the singer’s arrest.
They said that they didn’t want to judge Jones and that if he had come clean about his criminal past they might have been able to help him. The trouble is: 1. that he lied, and 2. this is less a “criminal past” and more a criminal present as these warrants are still active.
Lythgoe asked Jones to explain one of the situations they heard about, where he was accused of being involved in a fight.
“It wasn’t a fight,” Jones said. “I wasn’t fighting. What happened was, I fell down steps, carrying my bags and the police and the paramedics came because I actually couldn’t walk. I have screws in my foot,” he said.
Asked to explain why he was charged, Jones claimed it was down to a verbal fracas.
“Me and one of my other friends had a disagreement, but it wasn’t like there was any fist fighting or any like, you know, anything like that,” he said.
Lythgoe said due to the warrants against Jones, he had to be disqualified.
“The fact is, we are not allowed to have anybody that has an outstanding warrant against them on the program. And you’ve got four of them against you,” he said.
Both producers complimented Jones on his last rehearsal for the show – he was to perform Somewhere Out There from the 1986 movie An American Tale.
“We just both listened to you sing, and you are absolutely fantastic,” Lythgoe said.
We got to hear Jones’ rehearsal as he left the show, shaking the producers’ hands and saying,
“Thank you so much for the opportunity and everything.”
Jermaine Jones was spotted getting off a plane in Philadelphia last night.