March 16, 2012 at 03:28 PM EDT

Jermaine responds to booting

Jermaine Jones spoke to HLN about his disqualification from American Idol on Wednesday’s show because of past run-ins with the law. The 25-year-old singer said that he had no idea what was going to happen when he was called into a room with producers Ken Warwick and Nigel Lythgoe, where the two informed him  — on camera – that he was being kicked off the show. He described it as a “very humbling experience” and said he was “very disappointed… it hurt a lot.”

Colton Dixon is keeping the faith

Idol hopeful Colton Dixon told the Today Show that when the finalists started “the Twitter and Facebook stuff,” Idol producers told them to “beware of political and religious tweets, just because it can turn off voters or whatever.” But Colton, a devout Christian who wants a career in Christian music after the show, says, “Being a Christian is who I am. It’s a part of me musically.” About sharing his religious beliefs, he added, “I am not going to hide it, and I am not going to stray away from it just because I am on a TV show.”

Meanwhile, Steven Tyler thought that Dixon’s rendition of the 1991 song “Broken Heart” for the “Songs For the Year You Were Born” theme this week was the wrong song for the Idol finalist’s “voice and passion.” The tune’s co-writer, Mike Tramp of the band White Lion, however, begs to differ.  Tramp told The Hollywood Reporter, that he had “nothing but praise and absolutely the best to say about Colton, his voice, and his passion for music. I enjoyed his performance and conviction of the song. Colton has my support all the way, he is a true star.”

New Jordin Sparks commercial online

Season 6 Idol winner Jordin Sparks’ adorable commercial for the AT&T HTC Vivid & Beatbox Portable, hit the Web this week. (Jordin hardly gets a word in edgewise!)

Casey’s Crying

Season 9 Idol third-place finisher, Casey James is getting ready to release his self-titled debut album on BNA Records Nashville on Tuesday, March 20. Check out the country artist and guitar slinger’s rehearsal video of “Crying on a Suitcase,” one of the cuts off the album.

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