Jermaine Jones: Kicked Off 'American Idol' To Boost Ratings?

Wed, March 14, 2012 1:14pm EDT by 4 Comments
Jermaine Jones American Idol

Sources close to the show tell HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that producers found the perfect opportunity for a ‘watercooler moment’ on an otherwise slow season — are YOU surprised?

Jermaine Jones was booted from American Idol because of not fully admitting his previous arrests, but sources close to production are telling HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that not only were his arrests common knowledge, but the move was a power play to boost ratings for the struggling season!

Jermaine, 25, annoyed Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe with his lies and was made an example of, sources say

“Nigel was aware of the troubles Jermaine had before the announcement of him being kicked off the show,” the source said. “They didn’t know about everything but they knew about a lot. They are actually more upset that he lied about his father being a deadbeat dad. They wanted to make him an example to the other Idols that you can’t play games, and have to play by the rules set forth by Nigel. You really have to be in Nigel’s ‘favorite’ club.”

Furthermore, Nigel, 62, thought this was a unique opportunity to shock fans and create a season-defining moment.

“Some people on set are also upset that they are using this as a ratings grab because this season hasn’t had a breakout moment,” the source also said. “The other Idols and staffers were extremely surprised with how this all turned out since Jermaine was very nice on set. I was told this is all Nigel’s call: he runs the show very tight and doesn’t allow much to happen organically. It’s his decision on everything that makes it to TV.”

Do YOU think Jermaine was kicked off the show in order to boost ratings, HollywoodLifers?

– Reporting By Russ Weakland, Written By William Earl

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crystal

Posted at 6:53 PM on March 21, 2012  

Arrest records are public records. Aren’t these people screened before you put them in a house with 15-16 year olds? If those were my kids I would be pulling them out of that house since American Idol cannot be responsible enough to keep the kids safe and not around criminals.

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Annelie

Posted at 3:52 PM on March 18, 2012  

What a shock,the brother can sing. My wish for him is to pull his life together,and remember that leaving idols is not the end but the beginning of his career. The world already heard his amazing voice. I am not judging brother,pick up the pieces,stay out of trouble, and praise the Lord for gifting you with this big voice.Love and peace from Africa.

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andrea

Posted at 2:38 PM on March 14, 2012  

so his past is now telling the future? the past is gone, im sure he ismt proud of it. he was probably hiding because this meant a lot to him. i thought this was a singing contest, not your past will determine if your a good singer or not. i dont even really like idol anymore, the past seasons were really good, this season just needs to be over with. its a joke.

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Thu

Posted at 10:32 PM on March 15, 2012  

True, this s a singing contest. And Germaine is a good singer, he deserves to be in the show. What happened in his past… He will have to work it out seperately outside of the show, but it should nt be affiliate his past with his singing voice.

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