Jermaine Jones (singer)

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Jermaine Jones
Born(1986-11-03) November 3, 1986 (age 25)
Pine Hill, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
GenresR&B
OccupationsSinger, actor, vocal instructor[1]
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
LabelsShavoni Entertainment[citation needed]
 
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Jermaine Jones
Born(1986-11-03) November 3, 1986 (age 25)
Pine Hill, New Jersey, U.S.[1]
GenresR&B
OccupationsSinger, actor, vocal instructor[1]
InstrumentsVocals
Years active2012–present
LabelsShavoni Entertainment[citation needed]

Jermaine Jones (born November 3, 1986) is an American singer and actor from Pine Hill, New Jersey,[1] who came in twelfth place after being disqualified from the eleventh season of American Idol.[2]

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Early life

Jones was born to Katrice Cornett and lives in Pine Hill, New Jersey.[1] He attended Overbrook High School.[3] He works as a vocal instructor.[1] According to the official American Idol website, his musical influences are his mother and John Legend.

American Idol

In Las Vegas, he performed "Make it Easy on Yourself" with Richie Law and the judges advanced both to the next round.

Jones was not originally chosen for the top 24 semifinalist round, but he was called back after the top 24 selection filming, making him the 25th semi-finalist and thirteenth male semi-finalist.[4][5] He is 6 feet 8 and a half inches tall[3] and has been dubbed on the show as "The Gentle Giant" due to his height.[6] In the semi-finals, he sang Luther Vandross's "Dance with My Father". He was one of the top five male vote getters and advanced to the top 13.

On March 13, 2012, it was announced that Jones would be disqualified from the competition after failing to disclose that he had been previously arrested on two separate occasions, one of them being a violent crime. He is the second Idol contestant to be disqualified from the finals, after the same thing happened to Corey Clark in the second season. A clip of his rehearsal of "Somewhere Out There", was shown after his removal from the show and would have been his performance that night and a studio version was released on iTunes.

Performances/results

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Superstar"Delaney & BonnieN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1First Solo"Superstar"Delaney & BonnieN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group PerformanceNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Second SoloNot airedN/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundSongs from the 1950s
Group Performance
"Make It Easy on Yourself"Jerry ButlerN/AAdvanced
Final JudgementFinal Solo"I Believe in You and Me"Four TopsN/AEliminated1
Top 25 (13 Men)Personal Choice"Dance with My Father"Luther Vandross13Advanced
Top 13Stevie Wonder"Knocks Me Off My Feet"Stevie Wonder3Bottom 3 Men2
Top 12Year They Were BornDid not perform and was disqualified due to failing to disclose his criminal record.

Controversy

On March 14, 2012, Jones was disqualified from American Idol for concealing arrests and outstanding warrants.[7] He denied that he had concealed his previous arrests, and had admitted that he had been arrested before.[8] Critics accused the show of staging the disqualification to boost ratings.[9] When asked about speculations that producers had prior knowledge of his criminal past and that the producers were simply out to exploit him on-air, Jones replied that "I haven't even taken my mind into that and why they did what they did, because then I'll drive myself crazy".[10] A police official in a New Jersey town he was the target of two arrest warrants said that the case wasn't big enough to merit going after him,[11] and that for the show "to expose, embarrass and interrogate a young man without an attorney in front of 40 million viewers was an outrage".[12]

On July 31, 2012, Jones pleaded guilty to the charges.[13]

Post Idol

Jones released the single "All Around the World" on July 19, 2012 on iTunes.[14] He is also working on an independent movie titled The North Star, about an escaped slave who joins the Quaker abolitionist movement, which will star Jeremiah Trotter.[15] He also said on his Twitter acount that he would audition in either The Voice or The X Factor USA in the future.[citation needed]

Discography

Singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum
US
2012"All Around the World" (Feat. Fre-Stal)TBA

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Jermaine Jones of 'American Idol' does talk to his father, says his mother". March 8, 2012. http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2012/03/american_idol_jermaine_jones_f.html. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ "American Idol - Access Hollywood". http://www.accesshollywood.com/american-idol/american-idol-top-13-revealed_articletab_61458. Retrieved March 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Jermaine Jones, South Jersey's "Gentle Giant," perseveres on 'American Idol'". March 6, 2008. http://www.nj.com/entertainment/tv/index.ssf/2012/03/american_idol_jermaine_jones.html. Retrieved March 8, 2008. 
  4. ^ "'American Idol' brings back Jermaine Jones". February 28, 2012. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501368_162-57387264/american-idol-brings-back-jermaine-jones/. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "'American Idol': 13th guy brought back for an 'incredible second chance' is...". February 28, 2012. http://popwatch.ew.com/2012/02/28/american-idol-jermaine-jones-brought-back-13-guys/. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jermaine Jones Returns to 'American Idol' as Wild Card Pick". February 29, 2012. http://www.vibe.com/post/jermaine-jones-returns-american-idol-wild-card-pick-128886. Retrieved March 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Lisa de Moraes (March 15, 2012). "‘American Idol’: After Jermaine Jones is disqualified, who will go home?". Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/american-idol-after-jermaine-jones-is-disqualified-who-will-go-home/2012/03/15/gIQAc0LcES_story.html. 
  8. ^ Jermaine Jones: I Didn't Know I Broke American Idol's Rules
  9. ^ Jermaine Jones Disqualified From American Idol, Was It Staged?
  10. ^ "Jermaine Jones speaks on 'Idol' exit". The Marquee Blog. CNN. March 16, 2012. http://marquee.blogs.cnn.com/2012/03/16/jermaine-jones-speaks-on-idol-exit/. 
  11. ^ Police: Charges against disqualified 'Idol' weren't worth chasing
  12. ^ Cops: Wasn't worth chasing 'Idol' on small charges
  13. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-jermaine-jones-pleads-guilty-356540
  14. ^ http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/08/idol-notes-david-archuleta-chris-sligh-and-more/1#.UBmul7Se6vk
  15. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-jermaine-jones-pleads-guilty-356540

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