'American Idol' Top 12: Jermaine Jones previews performance that may never be
Zap2it spoke with him yesterday (March 13) before an alleged on-camera confrontation about his covered-up crimes, and he sounded optimistic about his performance.
"I feel pretty good after last week. I'm thrilled with my song choice this week," he tells us of the tune he picked, which falls in line with this week's theme of 'songs from the year you were born.' "I think it really suits my voice better than any song I've sung thus far, so I'm feeling pretty good.
He even joked about the fact that many of his competitors were born in the mid-'90s, while he had to choose from songs released in 1986. "They're talking about the '90s and I'm like 'What? '86! 25 years old! You guys are 16 and 17!' Yes, it did make me feel old."
While he had a better selections of songs to choose from, Jones says he did find it difficult to pick something because he wasn't too familiar with many '80s songs growing up. "I was never really into platform shoes or bell bottoms so I didn't really know too many songs from my year either," he says. Wrong decade, but we'll allow it. "When I was growing up it was really gospel in my house for the most part, and when my parents did listen to music it was oldies and Motown and things like that. Gladys Knight and stuff like that. And that's way before '86!"
Jones also says he enjoyed working with this week's mentor, Will.i.am. "I loved working with Will. He's very encouraging. He's spot-on with all his advice and things like that. He's very down to earth; he's very helpful. His aura just gives off just very, very pleasant vibes. So he's a really, really good guy and I enjoyed working with him."
Jones gave no indication that he knew he'd be leaving the show, and seemed happy to perform on the Top 12 show. After the TMZ story broke, Jones tweeted on his official "Idol"-sanctioned Twitter account, "Awww I will no longer b on the show." The tweet was quickly deleted -- along with the entire account, giving credence to the story, although FOX has not commented on the matter.