American Idol’s gentle giant and fan favorite Jermaine Jones has been lying to America about his dad abandoning him and his mom 10 years ago. Sources say he made up the story to win the hearts of A.I.’s producers and fans all over the world.

“A.I.” sources told TMZ … last week, after appearing on the show … Jermaine came to them and said his dad called him from out of the blue, claiming pops abandoned him and his mom 10 years ago. Jermaine told producers he was extremely upset that his dad suddenly reappeared in his life now that he was famous and potentially rich. Jermaine said his dad was “a lousy father” and wanted nothing to do with him.

Some hardcore fans of the show, like @davcero09, are hoping producers decide to kick him off because of the lies he has fed viewers all over the world.