American Idol Recap: Jermaine Jones Cut From Competition [Audio]

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“American Idol” host Ryan Seacrest promises business as usual on tonight’s episode of the Fox singing competition, even with the unexpected departure of contestant Jermaine Jones.

“Idol’s” “Gentle Giant” was disqualified from the competition after producers uncovered his criminal history, including four outstanding warrants.

“Idol” executives Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick explained that they don’t have a problem working with singers with a troubled past, but they insist contestants need to be honest about their legal situation. TMZ.com reports three of Jermaine’s warrants are for driving on a suspended licence, while the fourth is for disorderly conduct with an open container. He’s also been accused of using false names with police and getting into an altercation at a hotel, although Jones claimed in his interview with “Idol” producers that there was never any actual fighting.

Meanwhile, the rest of season eleven’s finalists continued the competition last night and performed songs from the year they were born.

The judges loved our local girl, Shannon Magrane’s performance of Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men’s hit “One Sweet Day.”

Joshua Ledet stole the show with his rendition of “When a Man Loves a Woman,” which Jennifer Lopez called the best thing she’s ever heard on “American Idol.”

Hollie Cavanagh closed the show with her performance of Celine Dion’s “The Power of Love.” Grammy Award-winning producer, Randy Jackson, said she “blew it out the box.” Lopez said she had saved the best for last.

The show returns tonight, with special performances from Demi Lovato and Daughtry, as well as another elimination.

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