According to Lusk, Iovine is responsible for the abysmal song choices that saw him leave the show on Thursday. He says Jimmy Iovine gave him bad advice.
Jacob Lusk told his friends that he never wanted to perform the Jordin Sparks/Chris Brown duet, “No Air” on Wednesday’s show. He said Iovine pressured him into doing it.
Apparently, Lusk would have chosen to sing the Gnarls Barkley hit, “Crazy.” However, he said that Iovine insisted he sang “No Air” and was so adamant about it that he basically “beat it into his brain” until Lusk finally gave in and agreed to perform the song.
Randy Jackson was most critical of the song choice, saying, “I don’t think that’s the direction for you … I don’t think anybody on this stage should be doing duet songs.”
However, according to show insiders, Executive Producer Nigel Lythgoe has made it clear to every contestant that the final song choice is made by the singer and not the mentor.
So was it just sour grapes from a bad loser when Jacob Lusk criticized the mentor? Could he have been a big boy and changed his song choice? Hang on a minute – didn’t Jacob actually do that a few weeks ago?
The gospel singer sang Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” because he was uncomfortable with the message put across in Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.” It seems that then he felt confident enough to assert himself on a song choice so should he just suck it up and accept responsibility for his choice now?