Jermaine Jones, your journey ends Wednesday night. Or at least that appears to be the fate of the American Idol Season 11 finalist, who posted a message on his official Twitter account (@JJonesAI11) on Tuesday night that stated, “Awww I will no longer b on the show.” (The Tweet has since been deleted from Jones’ feed, but was liberally screen-grabbed and retweeted beforehand.)
The news of Jones’ ouster was seemingly broken by TMZ, which claimed that a contestant was being disqualified after producers learned he concealed the fact that he was arrested twice — once for a violent crime — and has outstanding warrants. And while a Fox spokesperson declined to comment on this story, TMZ went on to name Jones as the singer in question, saying that he will appear on Wednesday’s live performance telecast before his ejection from the competition.
If the rumors are true, this will mark Jones’ second elimination from the show this season. During the “Green Mile” Top 24 announcement, Jones was given the old heave-ho by J.Lo, Randy, and Steven — before being brought back the following week, at the end of the “Top 13 Boys” semifinal performance show, in what Idol producers heavily touted was a “dramatic twist.” After closing the performance show with Luther Vandross’ “Dance With My Father,” Jones advanced to the next round, then survived the first week of the finals despite middling reviews for his take on Stevie Wonder’s “Knocks Me Off My Feet.”
All this has me wondering: If Jones really does get the boot, will Idol producers bring back an eliminated hopeful to take his place? Or will Thursday night’s results show just turn out to be a kumbaya, “everyone is safe!” affair? And if an already evicted singer gets a new lease on life, who should it be?
Personally, it doesn’t really seem fair to add another singer to the competition — especially given that the 11 remaining singers have already endured two weeks of voice-busting, nerve-wracking live shows, Jimmy Iovine’s tart-tongued criticisms, and the voting whims of the Idoloonie Nation. But, of course, nobody ever said life was fair. And if Uncle Nigel deems it necessary/exciting/ratings-boosting to add another singer, I’d say why not go with Candice Glover, so ridiculously cut in Vegas after slaying a Buddy Holly cover alongside Jessica Sanchez and Deandre Brackensick. Also possibly acceptable: Hallie Day, Creighton Fraker, Jen Hirsh, David Leathers Jr, Ariel Sprague, and Season 10′s Kendra Chantelle, Lauren Turner, or Robbie Rosen.
Okay, okay…maybe I fly my Kendra flag a little too often. And thus, I turn it over to you. Should Idol bring someone back to replace Jermaine? And if they insist on doing it, who should it be? Hit the comments with your thoughts!