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Idol finalist Jermaine Jones disqualified

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Another season, another American Idol scandal. According to TMZ and other sites, the "Gentle Giant," booming baritone Jermaine Jones will be disqualified from competing on the show for lying about his criminal past. The announcement will be made on Wednesday's live show.

These scandals really strike of manufactured ploys to grab ratings, especially now that long-in-the-tooth Idol is losing the coveted 18-24 audience to NBC's The Voice. How hard IS it to check the public records on these contestants BEFORE allowing them on camera? WE journalists do this every day when writing stories on subjects.

Apparently Idol plans to send Jones packing on the Wednesday live show. If that's so, that's a low class way to handle the situation. A brief announcement should be made and the show ought to carry on. No, they absolutely should NOT bring back last week's booted contestant Jeremy Rosada. Jones' alleged deception has nothing to do with the fact Rosada was booted by viewers and the judges with cause. No, they shouldn't publicly shame Jones any further, either, because this -- and the previous scandals -- are the producers' fault for allowing these "sudden discoveries" to carry on this far. They hold auditions in the summer, they have SIX months to check public records on each and every person allowed on camera.

Disappointing thing is, Jones, rich, theatrical baritone and Joshua Ledet's gritty soul tone were the only two male voices I liked. It's time to pull the plug on American Idol. The show has lost its spark, it's merely slogging through the paces, the concept has run its course. Ending it after Scotty McCreery's victory last season would have been the best way to go out on the top, with ratings still high and with its first credible winner in six years. Limping into this 11th season with its generic roster of performers -- save the one true vocal talent, Jessica Sanchez -- has been a mistake. Just give Jessica the title tomorrow night and call it an early season.

Here's TMZ's report.

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kakki

I couildn't agree more. American Idol has outlived its appeal. The judges are just, at least two of them are desperately hanging on to what is left of their careers, and Jennifer Lopez should be on her hands and knees every day, thanking Idol for rescusitating her career, with her mediocre vocals. Her true claim to fame has been the weird fascniation some have had with her derriere. She does not have the best speaking voice, and her musical talents are questionable. I like her personally, but talent, "NO! As for Randy, he needs to quit this "dawg, "Yo" business. I am at a loss as to him.

shari

When 4 of my favorite were eliminated and not saved by the Judges, all whom were outstanding singers and by far better than the 12 still in, I stopped watching.

MrEvans

"With the help of law enforcement..." What is this? America's Most Wanted Idol?

MrsEvans

Year they were born from 83-95! UGH. It's official, we're old!

Lesley

MRE. I just wrote that exact same thing on Twitter. Re America's Most Wanted Idol. Hehe. Oy. And yah, so old.

MrEvans

I was a senior in college when some of these contestants were born.

Lesley

Casey had stomach issues last year and now this growly dude does...interesting..

@Lane_

good song choice by the offspring of Dave Matthews and Joe cocker

Lesley

I'm finding it very karaoke..

Lesley

ok, he gets a pass b/c he had surgery like in the commercial break...

MrsEvans

Doesn't this show give us all tummy issues Lesley?

MrEvans

JLo looks like a human construction flag in that outfit.

Lesley

Yeah, Mrs. E, you have a point. I am listening to the show but not watching. Like The Voice. I have to see Jenny from da Bronx...going to watch now

@Lane_

I havent watched in weeks, this show is intolerable to me now

Lesley

JLo blasphemes Kiki Dee in this commercial of hers..

MrsEvans

Dude, stop screaming.

Lesley

And this chick blasphemes Vicki Sue Robinson (as did Gloria Estefan with her awful cover)...

@Lane_

sorry guys, love you but I can't watch this

MrEvans

Comparing last week's performance to this week's, she's now Margaret Choke.

Lesley

HAHAHA, good one Mr E! JLo looks like an Oompa Loompa

MrsEvans

so just listen :)

Lesley

I love this Asian kid..he's hilarious

MrsEvans

Now that's a song I never thought I'd hear on Idol!

MrEvans

This guy sounds like Brian McKnight.

Lesley

Swede says Marc Anthony. Whatever it sounded like it sounded bad. oof.

MrsEvans

WTF is with Randy's new button collection.

MrEvans

Randy's pin looks like the shrunken head from Beetlejuice.

MrsEvans

Swede, lol!!

Lesley

did you notice last week's pin Randy wore? It looked like Oats of Hall and Oates.

MrsEvans

I thought it was Katy Perry!

MrEvans

Both comments about the pin from last week are excellent. LOL

Lesley

I want the Hall AND the Oates pin. Not so much Katy Perry, though maybe Russell Brand channeling the spawn of Charles Manson

@Lane_

ok emar dragged me back

@Lane_

someone contacted me re: the Team Aa page, he is friends with someone who knows the P's and wanted to donate -- also said his wife works for the Glenn Beck show and wanted to know if he wanted me to ask her to advertise the page on Glenn's website. I told him I'd ask.

MrEvans

That'd be great, as long as the Pinskys are cool with it.

MrEvans

My boy Vanilli is next... dig it.

MrsEvans

I'm sticking with Katy Perry...

@Lane_

he should sing Ju...never mind

Lesley

He definitely shouldn't "sing" anything by Milli Vanilli

MrsEvans

Ha! I just got ripped by MrE for wanting to post that Lane!

MrEvans

This is the third remake they've allowed the contestants to sing. I call shenanigans.

@Lane_

1994 songs I'd have chosen:

Regulate
Stay (Lisa Loeb)
Wild Night (Mellencamp)
Mmm Mmmm Mmm Mmm

MrEvans

Lane was referring to "Jump Around", MrsE.

MrsEvans

I graduated high school in 94.

MrsEvans

No he wasn't!

@Lane_

no I wasn't

MrEvans

Lisa Loeb is my dream girl. If I wasn't married, I would have been on "Singled Out", her E! reality show when she was looking for a husband.

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