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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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61.

Idolwatcher    

Jacob was gross. All the gyrating and the bad dance moves. The extreme denial....no one in their right mind would buy him singing to a woman.....and his inflated ego. He never should have made the top 24. He never should have progressed as far as he did. He does not have a serious chance at a career. He should save his theatrics for the church choir. Amen!

1163 days ago
62.

Mork12    

Jimmy Iovine is a doosh, what the hell do they need mentors for anyways? It's a competition and no one's going to buy into your dream if the song you're singing is not in your heart

1163 days ago
63.

peoplearesilly    

Next he'll be screaming "race discrimination." Just wait. I'd bet on it.

Fact it, it was time for him to go. He was not the best, in fact, he lasted longer than he should have. Way longer than he should have.

1163 days ago
64.

John    

wow now that has to be the most ****ing stupid thing I have heard this year on idol...

Look dumbass you ok'd the songs so get over it. I wouldn't go around bashing someone who could give you a deal or make sure you never leave compton.

man there is a reason they are called gifts... now get off your ass and make it talent and earn your record deal or stfu since a song shouldn't really matter since its not a karaoke contest.

1163 days ago
65.

3rdnlong    

The high hopes for him were dashed after week two when he let his perceived "celebrity" go to his ahead. Then the nail in the coffin was to piss off one of the biggest voting demographics. Look forward to seeing him on a Carnival Cruise Line near you soon !

1163 days ago
66.

Dee Jay    

Jimmy is a producer of already stars, he did not make them. I rather have the stars of the songs they are singing like before. I am not saying Jacob is right, but I remember Jimmy trying to change the mind of other singers, just like Jacob and Haley, singing a song nobodys heard before. I love Haley, but the song Jimmy picked for her by lady GAGA was just plain wrong.

1163 days ago
67.

msjane    

Jacob murdered songs the last three weeks, Very Hard to watch
and Glad he is gone.......He is a mama's baby and needs to grow
up.

1163 days ago
68.

tgrfan42069    

doesnt matter who wins this lame show..other than alania the others wont make it in the industry.scotty is a one trick pony.james screeches to dang much.and hailey growls.

1163 days ago
69.

msjane    

Jacob can sing in a group. As a solo singer, he ruined some
really good songs. I am sorry the judges were not tougher on him
as he should have been gone long ago.. Some of his egotistical
comments turned me off.

1163 days ago
70.

David     

This guys, yes guy, not girl is so pathetic! He is too full of himself. He should have been eliminated a long time ago. He was awkward to watch and stood out like a sore thumb. His voice was also quite annoying and his gay flamboyancy was a great distraction to the show!!!!!!!!

1163 days ago
71.

notalawyer    

I am not sure if he can pull it off but he really needs to grow a pair.

He is more ladylike than the other two girls on the stage.

1163 days ago
72.

ARTOFWAR    

@@@ (FlyingWizard) YOU STATED;
"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 responsibility for his own actions."----------------

Your stereotypical implications would have much more significance in accordance to the (black male) if of course it were not for people such as Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, and the countless other white-trash peasants, that can't seem to take responsibility for their own mistakes, failures, and just plain old f#ck-ups.

Now why don't you as you stated (man-up) for the mistake your mother made for not having the abortion, and go jump off an Interstate overpass.

Tootles......Artofwar

1163 days ago
73.

ARTOFWAR    

@@@ (FlyingWizard) YOU STATED;
"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 responsibility for his own actions."----------------

Your stereotypical implications would have much more significance in accordance to the (black male) if of course it were not for people such as Lindsay Lohan, Charlie Sheen, and the countless other white-trash peasants, that can't seem to take responsibility for their own mistakes, failures, and just plain old f#ck-ups.

Now why don't you as you stated (man-up) for the mistake your mother made for not having the abortion, and go kill yourself.

Tootles......Artofwar

1163 days ago
74.

TXLady    

Good riddance.... I've wanted him gone for weeks now and can't believe he's been here as long as he has! Listening to him makes my ears bleed! His voice is more suitable for Broadway, NOT radio.

1163 days ago
75.

Georce    

The idea that Lusk lasted longer than Pia is a total joke.

1163 days ago
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