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American Idol Tissue Gate Erupts Between Jordin Sparks & Lakisha Jones

April 26, 2007 11:49 PM by Joe Blackmon

Jordin_snatches_tissueThe American Idol cameras see all, and the contestants and judges have
to be aware that their every action can be interpreted in a million
different ways.  Last week, a badly timed eye roll by Simon Cowell had
fans and media screaming that he had disrespected the victims of the
Virginia Tech tragedy.  It turned out that Simon Cowell was innocent
and had not heard Chris Richardson expressing his sympathies to the
Virginia Tech victims and instead was rolling his eyes at Richardson’s
claim that he was singing nasally on purpose.

On the Idol Gives Back special, Jordin Sparks became the latest Idol star to become embroiled in controversy over the way something looked on camera.  After Ryan Seacrest told Jordin that she was safe after fooling her into thinking she had been voted off, Jordin broke down into tears of relief. 

As the tears streamed down Jordin’s face, Lakisha Jones reached over with a tissue and attempted to wipe the tears away.  On camera, it appeared as if Jordin Sparks then rudely yanked the tissue out of Lakisha’s hand.  In emails to Reality TV Magazine and on the American Idol message board, some viewers have been making a big deal out of Jordin’s apparent snatching of the tissue away from Lakisha.  We have dubbed this latest raging Idol controversy as “Tissue Gate.” 

Did Jordin rudely yank the tissue from Lakisha?  Or did Jordin’s hand jerk by accident when she was taking the tissue and suddenly realized she was on camera?  Or was Jordin just being playful when she grabbed the tissue?  Hopefully, American Idol producers have a different camera angle or some audio of the incident that might clear Jordin Sparks from being a tissue snatcher.  Maybe, audio will reveal Lakisha saying “Oh god, this tissue is stuck to my hand, please get it off.”  Then, Jordin saying “It’s really stuck.  I’m going to have to give it a pretty good tug.”

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48 Responses to “American Idol Tissue Gate Erupts Between Jordin Sparks & Lakisha Jones”

  1. moonwars Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 1:10 am

    Hahahahahah! This just made my night. We were all just talking about how people over react to any little thing that happens on idol. I can’t wait to email this story to my friends. I’m sure they will get a chuckle over this new “controversy/scandal”

  2. brianne Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 4:14 am

    i think the bigger “scandal/controversy” was making poor Jordin think she was booted off in the first place. All of their emotions already must be going crazy on Wednesday nights and then they pull something like that. That’s a hell of a way to get ratings.

  3. Lala Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 4:28 am

    Its funny how these kind of things can affect the contestants themselves

  4. dvls Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 5:06 am

    Oy vey!! People can make something out of anything!! Jordin obviously was just being playful when she grabbed the tissue. She wasn’t even really crying. They all KNEW that there was going to be no elimination this week. Couldn’t you tell from the big grin on Jordin’s face? Those weren’t real tears. When they had that big group hug, they were squirting artificial tears into her eyes! That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  5. cobbi Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 5:34 am

    Jordin was the best during the performance night but after that, Seacrest said there’ll be a shocker during the results night. In my opinion, the contestants knew that no one is going home. But of course, Jordin was reacting to what the people reaction in disbelief. Mabe she just cried because the people liked her very much. Years of joy, perhaps.

  6. cobbi Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 5:39 am

    Oops, its tears of joy. Jordin is the total package to win the AI season 6.

  7. whateva Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 6:47 am

    get a life

  8. Mike C Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 7:11 am

    What petty controversaries!! The real problem with the show was it tried to bore US to tears!! Jordin shouldnt bare the responsibility for a shamelessly sappy show. A seemingly endless plea for our Money/Votes was so contrived and painful to watch.
    We must never let a show like this happen again.
    Stick with a singing contest.

  9. angelia Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 8:00 am

    If its aim was to bore the viewers to tears, Idol succeeded admirably in its goal. About Jordin, I have a sneaking suspicion that the whole “surprise elimination” was scripted and Jordin was shedding big fat old crocodile tears. Perhaps its aim was to stir up votes for Jordin since she seems to have emerged as the chosen one.

  10. Anonymous Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 8:01 am

    who cares?

  11. mike Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 10:17 am

    i think that lakisa is the best singer on the dam show n that whatever that gurl name is should have went home and i thnk that my gurl lakshia is going to win and she better

  12. mike Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 10:17 am

    i think that lakisa is the best singer on the dam show n that whatever that gurl name is should have went home and i thnk that my gurl lakshia is going to win and she better

  13. mike Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 10:17 am

    i think that lakisa is the best singer on the dam show n that whatever that gurl name is should have went home and i thnk that my gurl lakshia is going to win and she better

  14. spoogy Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 10:35 am

    okay America, no one wants to comment on the tissue snashing. If that was SanJaya that had done that you guys would had a lot to say. I saw it and I said hell she snash the tissue from Lakisha. Jordan was angry when she should have been happy. I knew before Ryan made the announcement that no one was going home. He said the big suprise ever that when I put it together. Their was no way he could have know what was going to happen befor the vote had even start pouring in. He made that anouncement that Tuesday night. The world should have caught that. I have just change the way I feel about Jodan. I hope the media do not try to cover it up.It was what it was. Just down right rude. So americna talk about that.

  15. missj Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 11:15 am

    there’s always excuses for “rude” people doing what they do. Jordan is a snob in the making, thanks to AI. her ‘true’ colors will show as the competition winds down to the bottom two.

  16. Kayla Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    dont you have anything else better to do than make something out of nothing. no matter who wins or what, do you realize you are making a big deal out of a kleneex. and if anybody should be mad it should be jordin, why on earth would you put somebody through that. lakisha was being very nice and even jordin has said they all get along. gracious sakes people, the camera will make you believe anything.

  17. someone who knows Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 12:25 pm

    the kids did NOT know.

  18. That is stupid Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    That is so stupid. I really do not think Jordin would be mad at Lakisha. Her and Lakisha seem like really good friends. Remember, the first night when the girls sang and Lakisha sang And I am telling you, Jordin was the first one to talk to her to talk to her.

  19. Mike Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    I don’t think she did it on purpose, maybe she was nervous or something.

    I also think the whole thing was staged because all of the idols looked surprisingly happy and relieved even when Ryan was about to announce who is safe and who isn’t. When Ryan said Chris was safe, Jordin didn’t look worry at all. She actually looked happy as if nothing happened. Even after Ryan said she was safe, she still looked fine, but then she turned around and that’s when she started “crying”. If everything was staged, well I don’t really see it as a bad thing because maybe the producers wanted them to concentrate on that special night without any worries.

  20. Jay Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Let me explain to all you folks what happened with the tissue, since no one seems to “get it”. Lakisha was reaching over and putting that tissue in Jordin’s face. Jordin saw it as an intrusion of her personal space (nobody likes having their faces messed with) and snatched it away from her with a very brief, but very obvious look of irritation and annoyance. Hey, who wants their national TV face time ruined by someone shoving a sloppy wet tissue in their face? No diva worth her weight in Twinkies, that’s who! Lakisha obviously never learned to keep her hands to herself. Jordin never learned to play well with other children. Or maybe she just spent too much time backstage with Celine Dion.

  21. elyn Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Did anyone stop to think that maybe Jordin was upset and –yes–even angry for a moment at the American Idol producers for using her the way they did? Or, that maybe Jordin needed the tissue in a hurry because her nose was dripping and her mascara was running and the cameras were zoomed in on her face? I think the anti-Jordin people who started this whole controversy need to get a life.

  22. eulette Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    i think every one should give their respect to all american finalist put GOD before and stop the stupidness i love both lakesha and jordin

  23. eulette Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 5:37 pm

    i think every one should give their respect to all american finalist put GOD before and stop the stupidness i love both lakesha and jordin

  24. Kelly Smith Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 7:55 pm

    Can we please stop with this “Jordin ‘s performance was the best” nonsense? She was good, she can sing better than I will ever be able to, but it wasn’t THAT good. It was sharp, a little off key and pitchy. Jordin is a great singer for her age, but let’s have a reality check here. There is one much better singer on Idol who has been delivering flawless performances every single episode, and her name is not Jordin. Sorry.

  25. nigel bather Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 9:04 pm

    i enjoy listen to jordin sparks.she is a beautiful young lady.she has a future for her.
    i will love to meet her on line.i am writing from linstead,jamaica.if there is away,please give me the way to sucess. thank you

  26. cobbi Says:
    April 27th, 2007 at 9:42 pm

    There’s this saying that “you can’t please everybody” as in the case of Jordin. Jordin being a Christian, is not there on AI to please everyone but to please God and not the narrow-minded people. So for those people who believe on Jordin, just pray for her and don’t forget to vote for her. God bless to all!

  27. Jon Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 12:27 am

    Jordin is getting too full of herself because of the way the show treats her. She wasn’t any good on Tuesday yet they acted like she was the best ever on Idol. She treats people like peons because that’s the typical response.

  28. hammer Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 2:26 am

    There is no need to create a controversy out of this incident. Don’t you people have more useful, productive and constructive things to do?

  29. Donna Lane Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 12:38 pm

    Thank goodness it was only just a tissue. If it had been a pork chop she was trying to snatch out of Lastinka’s hands, poor Jordon wouldn’t have an arm left.

  30. alottosay Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:10 pm

    i think that the show was amazing. i knew that we have hunger and proverty but never stop to even think that it was that bad. ill admit i dont suffer from it and i dont think about it at all. Wednesday night i did. I never relized it was so many people. Just $$$ a day would help. Now thanks to american idol i think more about others and how they are suffering and try to bettermy own community

  31. Julie Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    No one really cares about the tissue controversy…this was a charity show and the important thing was to raise money for charity.

  32. Anonymous Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:47 pm

    Football fans are voting for Jordin. If her dad wasn’t famous, nobody would really care. She can sing, but she is not the best in the competition. I think the fame is getting to her head.

  33. Don Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 3:50 pm

    Well I’ll tell you this much…Jordin had better watch herself before she finds herself over and out next wednesday night with either Chris, Phil, or Blake, because this kind of rudeness is not tolerated. She is not a big star yet to be demanding things and acting rude to other people, especially to Lakisha. Lakisha is a very nice girl and if Jordin was upset for whatever reason then she better check it at the door and not bring it to the work place. She may slide after this one but if she pulls something like this on this year’s future American Idol winner, Ms. Melinda Doolittle, Jordin will have hell to pay!

  34. norageli Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 5:41 pm

    to err is human to forgive is divine.i think we shud not use an unintentional act to judge jordin.let this not affect your loyalty.my kiki is good gal showing love.kiki i luv u.

  35. Anonymous Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 7:24 pm

    Some people might kill me for saying this, but I think Jordin already think she is all that. She is a good singer, she is pretty enough, but you see her physical image needs some work. I’m not saying she needs to be ultra skinny, but she’s 17 years old and she needs a bit of more presence. I wouldn’t talk this way if Jordin was being a good role model, but after seeing how rude she was to Lakisha, then she better work that attitude.

  36. arizona fan Says:
    April 28th, 2007 at 9:06 pm

    Fans came from all over to support Jordin at
    Westgate City Center, glendale,arizona. American Idol viewing party for Glendale contestant Jordin Sparks. Go Jordin. We love you and your talent.

  37. ashley Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 1:08 am

    Most people don’t know but Jordin already has a pretty good history in show business..

    She was one of two winners who won the Phoenix Torrid search for the “Next Plus Size Model. A full-page ad for Torrid featuring Jordin ran in the December, 2006 issue of Seventeen magazine. In 2004, Sparks appeared in America’s Most Talented Kids twice, winning in her first appearance. She has appeared with Alice Cooper (in his 2004 Christmas show) and has twice toured with Christian contemporary singer Michael W. Smith. n 2003, at the age of thirteen, Sparks recorded a five-song album titled For Now, working with Matthew Ward, a legendary Christian music artist, and Gary Leach, an engineer who has worked on several of Leann Rimes’ albums. She appeared in a compilation album titled Live at Mr. Lucky’s in 2004. She has also done some acting. She has a second album in development but has been put on hold due to her time on American Idol, and if she wins, it will be dropped since she will be signed to a major label Her father is a former NFL football player for the New York Giants and Dallas Cowboys. Her Aunt is a famous Model and actress “Shari” http://www.shariwiedmann.com

    A list of awards and honors that Jordin Sparks has received on course of her career.
    * Coca Cola Rising Star 2002
    * Family Night Talent Show Five-time 1st Place Finals Winner at Mr. Lucky’s in Glendale, Arizona, 2003
    * Glendale Youth Fest 2003: Teen Talent Show, 1st Place
    * GMA (Gospel Music Association) Academy, Washington, D.C., Overall Spotlight Winner & Country/Southern Gospel First Place Winner, 2004
    * Country Thunder Young Guns Second Place Winner, 2004
    * The Proof Is In The Pudding Talent Winner, Phoenix, Arizona, 2004
    * PAX TV/America’s Most Talented Kids, 2005
    * Colgate Country Showdown, Arizona state title, 2006.
    * Runner-up in the 2007 Drug Free AZ Superstar Search. [Tempe, Arizona} http://www.drugfreeaz.com
    * Plus-size model search winner for Torrid[10][2]
    * American Idol Top 12 Finalist

    I don’t think it matters if she wins or not she seemed to be doing pretty well for herself before Idol..

  38. white owl Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 6:34 am

    oh no now there is gonna be a war between Lakisha and Jordin fans.what will we ever do?????? *Sarcasm*

    I agree IGB was boring ….

  39. Senior Idol Lover Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 8:56 am

    Not only did she grab the tissue away, she then sat with her back turned away from LaKisha. Rude! She is a snot who thinks she has already won. As a professional singer, I can tell you that she has many bad habits and if she doesn’t quit popping her chords she will have no voice, just an unpleasant rasp. Everything starts with support and she doesn’t even do that.

    The power and impressive fluid flexibility of LaKisha’s voice trumps any other singer on the stage.

  40. Anonymous Says:
    April 29th, 2007 at 1:22 pm

    Her parents are famous so she doesn’t need Idol to be famous. She can even have a bad behavior, but she will still make money because of her parents. And keep in mind she is also 17 so she’s like a daddy’s little rich girl who can get whatever she wants with a tantrum. She may have the voice, but she needs to be more mature or she is going to start losing fans.

  41. Lance Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 12:30 pm

    Since we’ve seen recent reports about Jordin’s past support of Right to Life events and causes, maybe she doesn’t get along with LaKisha who’s gone on record about a woman’s right to choose. It’s a shame that such differences would manifest on camera.

  42. Richman Says:
    April 30th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

    Nuke Africa and AI…there, problems solved…

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  45. Kendall Says:
    July 1st, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Or she’s just a big joy-crybaby.
    (Joy-crybaby:someone who cries cos they’re happy)

  46. Kendall Says:
    July 1st, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Or she’s just a big joy-crybaby.
    (Joy-crybaby:someone who cries cos they’re happy)

  47. Kendall Says:
    July 19th, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Bah! Everyone makes a big fat deal out of a tissue! I mean, come on, I’d snatch it up too if my nose was all stopped up from crying and I had makeup on. Runny makeup bad. Tissue good. Besides, Jordin gets really emotional really easily.

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