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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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14Lola    

Somebody call him a Wambulance!

1179 days ago
17.

Carl    

Actually that will be good experience for when they go out into the real recording industry. Plenty of people will "know better" than you, but you will get all the praise or blame. If you bomb your career is over while they move on to the next artist.

1179 days ago
18.

Sue    

He sucked anyways. Should have left the first week.

1179 days ago
19.

Phil    

Jacob's overwrought singing is what got him eliminated. And the "people" voted, not Jimmy Iovine (who has done a brilliant job this season)

Stick with show tunes Jacob. See you on Broadway, maybe in Le Cage aux Folles, or a revival tent.

1179 days ago
20.

dd    

The songs they picked were awful, I think he is very talented and will do good in his career.

1179 days ago
21.

sick of it    

You got less votes because of your SINGING not the song CRY-BABY

1179 days ago
22.

sotiredofthis    

He NEEDED to go - how he lasted this long is amazing. He just won't OWN anything - ah, yeah - like when he said he couldn't do "Let's Get It On" because it "wasn't him" (with the sexual innuendo etc. and YET he managed to pelvic thrust his way through "Man In The Mirror".) Oh, f****** please. Then we hear about the little police thingie . . . Sounds like Mr. Lusk just needs to own up to his actions. Jeez, I would have been happy if he'd been booted in the first week. Keeping him and voting Casey out was jaw dropping. Now, on to getting Hailey outta there!

1179 days ago
23.

kali    

You were already past due, get over it!

1179 days ago
24.

jak jak    

Jacob should have been gone a month ago. Listening to him was nothing short of painful. That coupled with his fruitiness.... YIKES!

1179 days ago
25.

dprice    

I am surprised he lasted as long as he did. His overtly gay persona is perfectly accepted in L.A. but in Middle America, not so much. Every thing he did was in order to sound or look like a chick.

And before you call me a homophobe, I thought that Adam kid from a few seasons back was friggin awesome.

1179 days ago
26.

SallyChi    

Jacob >> it wouldn't matter what song you sang. You were not #1 singer. And you can complain about discrimination and being pressured. The others are pressured too, but they choose the songs they believe in. Besides, was CRAZY cleared by the songwriter?
Not a good way to start a career bitching about the president of the record company.

1179 days ago
27.

Tinalouise    

American Idol sucks!! Bring Simon back, at least he told the truth and didn't indulge the contestants with unearned praise...it is a complete joke now, everyone is BEAUTIFUL,WONDERFUL,GREAT...NOT!!

1179 days ago
28.

Janet    

I would have L O V E D to hear Jacob sing Gnarls Barkley' "Crazy"!

1179 days ago
29.

Jenny    

Can't stand this self important jack ass. This makes about as much sense as his "America can't look themselves in the mirror" garbage. Perhaps Jimmy just has a sense of humanity and sabotaged Jacob to spare America from ever again having to hear that noise that he calls singing. Or maybe, I don't know, Jacob is just a terrible singer and his luck finally ran out. I have wondered for weeks who he was paying (or blowing) to keep him around. It is downright criminal that Paul or Casey left before this no-talent joke.

1179 days ago
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santafetrainer    

As soon as he said "America has fallen in love with me"...completely turned off that he is a legend in his own mind. Ego will be his downfall

1179 days ago
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