'American Idol' reveals Jermaine Jones as additional 25th semifinalist
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 02/29/2012
American Idol revealed Jermaine Jones as the 25th member of the eleventh season's "Top 24" semifinalists during Tuesday night's semifinals performance show.
"When you got the call, what was your reaction?" American Idol host Ryan Seacrest asked Jones onstage during Tuesday night's Fox broadcast following the announcement that Idol judges Jennifer Lopez, Steven Tyler and Randy Jackson had selected him to re-enter the competition after being eliminated in the "Final Judgment" round.
"My reaction was that I was very grateful of course but excited! I was glad that they saw something in me to give me a second chance, so I'm very, very excited and grateful -- overjoyed. The neighbors probably could have heard me and my mom screaming in the house," Jones told Seacrest.
"So she told you, 'Hey somebody's on the phone and they want to talk to you right away?'" Seacrest questioned to confirm.
"Yeah, and I thought that she was playing games with me, but then I thought, 'That would be kind of a crazy joke.' Then I'm like, 'You know mom, you've got to answer calls like this now, you know what I mean?' Because she wasn't going to answer. 'I don't know the number. I aint answering.' So she wasn't going to answer and then she called back and it was the show and they offered me the opportunity to come back," Jones replied.
"And you probably thought about it for awhile -- ehh I'm not sure?" Seacrest joked.
"No, not at all. Send for me now!" Jones, the "gentle giant," said with a laugh.
Jones' return was the season's "dramatic twist" in which the 12 male semifinalists selected by the judges were extended to 13, resulting in a Top 25. The judges opted to have Jones rejoin the competition over fellow previously eliminated contestants David Leathers Jr., Johnny Keyser and Richie Law.