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Jacob Lusk -- Jimmy Iovine Got Me Booted!!!

5/6/2011 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"American Idol" reject Jacob Lusk is telling friends he's not to blame for the TERRIBLE song choices that led to his elimination this week ... insisting he got BAD advice from Jimmy Iovine.

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TMZ spoke with a source extremely close to Lusk ... who tells us Jacob never wanted to perform the Jordin Sparks /Chris Brown duet, "No Air" on Wednesday's show ... but Iovine pressured him into it.

We're told Lusk really wanted to perform the Gnarls Barkley hit, "Crazy" -- but Iovine was so insistent on "No Air" that he basically "beat it into his brain" until Lusk finally gave in and agreed to perform the song.

During the show, Randy Jackson told Lusk, "I don’t think that’s the direction for you ... I don't think anybody on this stage should be doing duet songs."

0506_jacob_lusk_smallSources connected to the production tell us ... Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe has told every contestant the decision on final song choice is made by the singer ... and NOT  the mentor.


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Amy    

It wouldn't have mattered what song he sang. It was his time to go. I don't know how he stayed in it for this long anyway. He had absolutely no chance of winning American Idol.

1235 days ago
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PhilipMarkum    

American Idol is dead in the water. When Paula Abdul left it went downhill and with Simon gone it's even worse. JLo has turned it into the "Jennifer Lopez Hour" and sorry, but most women do not like JLo but she's really past her prime and now grasping for any exposure since her movie career is in the toilet. They would have been much better off with someone like Jessica Simpson who is down-to-earth and a little ditzy, but still relevant and successful.

1235 days ago
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Physical Graffiti    

Um, Jacob: You have been in the bottom 3 for weeks now. We're all shocked you weren't gone a long time ago, so don't blame Jimmy!

1235 days ago
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Majestik    

He'll make a great celebrity, already blaming everyone else but himself.

1235 days ago
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SayWhat    

ahh... the battle cry of youth. "SOMEBODY ELSE IS RESPONSIBLE!"

lol... Hate to break it to ya Lusk, but you should have been gone weeks ago.

1235 days ago
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lady    

Seriously? He's been playing the blame game for at least three weeks now! Get over yourself, Jacob!

1235 days ago
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Jim Deen    

Yeah, Jimmy Iovine has no clue what he's doing. He's just a flash in the pan.

1235 days ago
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FlyingWizard    

Oh my gosh. He is going the way of the stereotypical black male. Trying to push blame for his mistakes on everybody else. Just like he did with the court judge to do away with his sentence so that he can be on AI in the first place.

Jacob needs to man up and take responsiblity for his own actions.

1235 days ago
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sick of it    

Come on now you look and sound like a woman but blaming someone else for getting less votes is MENTAL..Grow the hell up if you expect to be in the spotlights..There were others that were voted off before you and they were ten times better than you and didn't CRY about...

1235 days ago
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Donna    

Maybe the reason Jacob is gone is he can't sing He was getting worst every week.Instead of taking the blame he chose to blame someone else Just like when James went against Jimmy that one week he could have too In fact he did go against Jimmy one week and sang something else so he could have done it again....SORE LOSER

1235 days ago
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Newsboy    

Jimmy Levine needs to shut up. He thinks those kids are his puppets. He should encourage them to be thier best, because in the end it's not him that gets voted off.

1235 days ago
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No comment    

I had high hopes for Jacob in the early rounds. I thought he my channel Luther, Marvin, Barry White, or Teddy Pendergrass. I thought his church roots would help him, however, Jacob takes all his songs to a chruch choir level/performance. People love Luther, Marvin, Barry, and Teddy for their romatic soul voices. Their vocals make you want to take off your clothes, and Jacob simply lacks 'romantic soul', but he does Gospel well. (BTW- Elvis' Grammy's were in Gospel music not Rock or Pop).

1235 days ago
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Paul    

Who cares. The show lost all credibility the moment Pia was booted.

Simon is dearly missed too. The show is really needs a judge who tells it like it is.

1235 days ago
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Carriss    

Don't blame other people 'cause you suck, it's that simple. If you're old enough to compete in a competition, you're old enough to say "NO" and perform the song YOU want to perform. It was only a matter of time before you were booted anyway.

1235 days ago
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fahgettaboutit    

You suck and you sing like a woman...that's why you got booted DIVA!

1235 days ago
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