Saturday, November 28, 2015

Jermaine Jones at Philly 'Idol' concert

The exiled contestant attends the Idol tour

Jermaine Jones at Philly 'Idol' concert

Jermaine Jones with reigning Idol Phillip Phillips
Jermaine Jones with reigning Idol Phillip Phillips


If you were at the American Idol concert last week at the Wells Fargo Center you might have seen him. Jermaine Jones is kind of tough to miss even in a crowd. You remember the so-called “Gentle Giant”? He was the super-sized guy from New Jersey’s Gloucester County who made it to the finals of last season’s Idol with his big churchy baritone. And then got thrown off the show because of a criminal background that he had not disclosed to the show’s producers.

Jones is still following his dream, He recently released a single “All Around the World" on iTunes and is reportedly involved in a movie along with former Eagle Jeremiah Trotter about the abolitionist movement that is shooting in Bucks County.

But last week, when the American Idol tour came to town, Jermaine bought a ticket. Then his friend Joshua Ledet, who finished third, hooked him up with backstage passes. It resulted in an emotional reunion for Jones with Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Hollie Cavanagh and others. TMZ was kind enough to post some of the snapshots. You can see the gallery here.

While saying he wishes he had handled his business differently, the big guy says there are no hard feelings: “American Idol helped me in my career and gave me good exposure ... I'm happy and grateful for the experience.”



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