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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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estela Gonzalez Cantero    

Jacob tiene un mal comienzo,de mucha histeria homosexual ( ojo SIN DISCRIMINAR...)No esta a la altura de una primera figura.Lo primero que tiene que hacer es aprender,transitar y callar

1244 days ago
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marlar    

Quit being a cry baby. The others sang much more clearly than you. You picked your song not Jimmy. It is always easier to blame someone else than to look in the mirror.

1239 days ago
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Dianne    

I find it hard to believe Lusk was pressured simply to lose.
Firstly, not all contestants went the way of Levine's advice (James refused to give up heavy metal).
Secondly, of all the contestants, Lusk seemed to want to find excuses for not shining through on weeks that he was in the bottom 3.
Thirdly, he was a bore and as someone said, he did not have the general appeal from voters and non voters (read the blogs).
I was surprised he lasted as long as he did...he ought to be grateful for that.

1217 days ago
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DefensiveSide    

Really, are you guys serious? Maybe you guys haven't taken it in recognition but has it ever occured to you this is a publicity website, and has it ever occured to you that most publicity websites lie? Maybe, just maybe, Mr. Lusk's words may have been altered to make the topic more juicy. Anyways who cares? If you all wanted him to go home so bad why does it matter to you HOW he went home? Really, grow up.

1185 days ago
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