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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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91.

Johndear    

He must be the dumbest moron in the history of recording artists.
Yeah it's really smart to piss off the CEO of Interscope records like that. One phone call blackballing him and he never gets to record anything in his life. And the lack of respect to a person who has signed and been directly responsible for the success of many artists since the beatles. Where to these kids get the nerv?

1265 days ago
92.

an-a-b    

Dude can't sing worth a ****...he should have been gone a long time ago. What a little b!tch!!

1265 days ago
93.

allygirl_2002@yahoo.com    

If Jacob is really saying this, he can kiss his career GOODBYE! Jimmy has a lot of pull in the industry. I can't stand Jacob. Especially after last night! He said that "america has fallen in love" with him. HUH? He might want to check his huge EGO!

1265 days ago
94.

Carole Clarke    

Any professional entertainer must know himself and his talent well enough to know what to present. If you do well with folk tunes you do not try to bring out blues or heavy metal - you have to insist on staying true to yourself. Even if he got snookered into singing the wrong material, at this level you have to man up and accept the consequences.

1265 days ago
95.

ZB    

Bad form to be pointing fingers...even if its in private to who you think are your friends...you are in the big leagues now...people will say anything about you to get their 15 min of fame...or a paycheck from a rag mag....so watch your talk Jacob...your voice is spectacular...but I couldn't listen to you all day...everything sounds the same...I say the same thing about Pia...voice is beautiful...but the same thing over and over...gets old. You have a good future...don't spoil it by being petty.

1265 days ago
96.

sick of it    

Hell I can't believe he made the top 24.....

1265 days ago
97.

carolyn    

Typical Lusk, blames his negative comments on others. He has done that before with his ear piece screwing up once, remember that? Even if it did screw up a professional goes on and covers, they don't complain. Lusk just screwed up his career more by now dissing a great producer like Lovine. Lusk, you are a newbie, start pooping on the industry and you aren't going to work again. What a diva, and not in a good way. It wasn't only the song either Lusk, you were off note many times during that song. Pitchey. Blaming others isn't cool. See ya.

1265 days ago
98.

crystal    

i didnt like him he needed 2 go HOME!!!!

1265 days ago
99.

GeneL    

Has Jacob Lusk evoked the race card yet claiming he was booted because he's black?

It's in our future, you can be sure.

1265 days ago
100.

Olivia    

@ Tinalouise: You left out J.Lo's "AMAZING!!" "I got goose-bumps" followed by her wierd laugh.

BTW: Love your name.

1265 days ago
101.

Lana    

Paula???? give me a break. She being gone is the only reason I watch this season/. She is a washed up mess not J-Lo. I personally think this is one of the best seasons they have had ever. There is no reason to bash these kids and put them down. Never reason for that.There has been nothing bad to say about this years hopefuls because they have all been great in their own way and am excited for all of them. Pia got booted because the people didn't want her and frankly, she's acting a bit diva like ever since.

1265 days ago
102.

Jean birdsill    

Jimmy is doing a great job with everyone. Jacob could of stood up to Jimmy. Jacob is still a great singer. His time to go! I hope Jimmy is on Idol next year.

1265 days ago
103.

Lana    

Jessica Simpson, R U SERIOUS? She only sounds good when she sings thanks to great studio work at hiding her voice. If Paula ever came back I would quit watching. Steven Tyler is an incredible asset and speaking of this being the J-Lo hour? What was it everytime Paula acted like a fool.... sickening. Paula was so awesome she had to lip sync her song cuz she sucks.

1265 days ago
104.

Lisa    

FOR THE IDIOT TALKING ABOUT TYPICAL.MAYBE YOUR A TYPICAL RACIST...I AGREE WITH MANY OF YOU ABOUT THE SO CALLED MENTOR.I DONT CARE WHAT OR WHO HE WORKED WITH.PHIL SPECTOR MENTORED MANY AS WELL.AT LEAST LUSK HAS A CAREER.LOOK AT YOU LOSERS SITTING AT HOME.LOOOOOOOSSSSSSEEEEERRRRRSSSSSSS

1265 days ago
105.

Snerkles    

Your version of "Class," as usual, Jacob. Grow the hell up...and take a few singing lessons. Caterwauling just doesn't win singing competitions...pig-calling competitions, maybe. But then, you'd just blame it on the bacon.

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