Early reports of Jermaine Jones departure from "American Idol" turned out to be true. The contestant was disqualified from the hit singing competition series for not revealing he had outstanding warrants in his home state of New Jersey.
Warning: Episode spoilers ahead.
The dismissal was revealed during the March 14 episode of "American Idol." Jones is a 25-year-old vocal instructor from Pine Hill, New Jersey. "American Idol" executive producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe appeared in a taped segment confronting Jones about the issue.
"You were incumbent to tell us the truth about all of this, and it appears that you just haven't on any level," Warwick told Jones.
Jones was dubbed the "Gentle Giant" and announced his departure from the contest through messages posted on his official Twitter account on March 13. The Twitter account was deleted the same night. A FOX spokesperson declined comment.
He was one of the viewer-selected top 13 finalists after the judges gave him a last-minute spot in the 11th season's group of male semifinalists. He was among the bottom three last week but advanced to the top 12 singers.
"I didn't want to get judged," Jones said. "I didn't want to get penalized for anything that happened in the past."
TMZ reported that Jones was charged with two crimes in 2011, one of which involved violence. The singer reportedly gave fake names to police at the time of the arrests, and has outstanding warrants which he also chose to keep concealed from the show's producers.
Host Ryan Seacrest opened the episode by announcing the dismissal, without naming Jones. The segment showing him being let go aired later on. Seacrest said the remaining 11 finalists would be "at risk" of being eliminated on March 15.
The 11th season of the FOX show premiered on January 19. The show has disqualified contestants before. Season 2 semi-finalist Frenchie Davis was kicked off the show after it was revealed she posed for topless photos. She was a contestant on the NBC singing contest show "The Voice," the biggest rival of "American Idol," last year.