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American Idol: Jacob Lusk Elimination Interview

May 06, 2011 12:58 PM by Lisa Princ

This week on American Idol on FOX we said goodbye to Jacob Lusk after he failed to impress the judges or voters with his now and then performance. In a post elimination interview, the Gospel music crooner shared his thoughts and what we can expect to see from him next. Keep reading for all the details!

American Idol’s Jacob Lusk went out with a bang last night, but that doesn’t mean he wasn’t upset after the cameras stopped rolling. In his post elimination interview Jacob shares his feelings and what is next for him. Here is what Jacob wanted to share with everyone:

Question: Some said your farewell performance was your best ever, was the pressure getting to you during the competition?

Jacob Lusk: I wouldn’t say the pressure was getting to me, but I will say I was getting tired and I was trying to do different things that I thought would be liked by America and the judges.

Question: During your performance this week you sang that very high note, was that the highest note you have ever sang and have you ever broken glass?

Jacob Lusk: [laughs] I have sang higher and I have broken glass….but not singing – I am just clumsy.

Question: Before you sang “Man in the Mirror” a few weeks ago, you said if you went home, that we would know why. Can you elaborate on that a bit?

Jacob Lusk: That comment had nothing to do with my vocal performance, I am not the greatest singer in the world – at least I don’t think I am. That was about my song choice and the events in the world, it was about me and wanting people to look at ourselves and what we can do to change the world. I was starting with me that night, like what I could do to change the world.

Question: Do you feel like maybe America did not understand where you were coming from?

Jacob Lusk: I think sometimes they didn’t know what to do with me, but I think America got it, they got me. I think they got it and I just think I didn’t have the greatest performance and I was not in my element this week, thus why I was sent home.

Question: How did you feel hearing some of Jimmy’s comments that you could be going home, etc.?

Jacob Lusk: It hurts to have someone mentoring you tear you down, but you have to remember you are not doing it for him, you are doing it for America. What I will do now that the show is over for me, I will continue to work hard and touch people with my heart. It’s all about me putting out great music that people love.

Question: Did you plan to have your family up there with you last night?

Jacob Lusk: It was not planned, I didn’t even know they were up there until I looked up, I saw Jennifer and Steven and Randy up there also and it was definitely not planned.

Question: What did your family say to you up there?

Jacob Lusk: They were just proud, they were just happy. I wanted my grandma see me make it and she did.

Question: You said you have been through a lot more than people know, can you elaborate for us?

Jacob Lusk: When I was growing up my mother and father divorced and my father died when I was 12, and I had been through a lot of different schools, got beat up, got picked on. I’ve been homeless, been without, just moments like that when you feel like giving up. There were times when I didn’t think I was going to make it, but I did and I am here.

Question: In Hollywood week, you blew us away with “God Bless the Child”. What was going through your mind at that time?

Jacob Lusk: During the performance it had been a long week, I was tired, I was drained and a person went up before me and did that song and killed it. Not sure anyone noticed but I changed one of the lyrics. I didn’t want to go back home to my normal life. I didn’t want to struggle anymore, wonder where I was gonna have to live or how I was going to pay my rent.

Question: If you could perform with anyone of your choice on the finale, who would it be?

Jacob Lusk: Would love to perform with Whitney Houston, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Kahn, maybe even Prince. It would have to be someone who is a big R&B singer.

Question: You said you have some acting background as well, so what is your primary focus now, music or acting?

Jacob Lusk: My primary focus, is an album…..obviously I just came off a singing competition. I definitely want to look into doing some theater and maybe Broadway for sure though.

Question: What will we hear on your album?

Jacob Lusk: You’d hear some traditional R&B, like those “House is not a Home” type songs and love ballads.

Question: Were you surprised by your elimination or did you expect it?

Jacob Lusk: I had expected it because of the judges feedback and my performances. I was the only one not in my element, I feel like that is why I was voted off. Those four performers left are amazing, and they were in their element and I was not.

Question: Who do you think should have been in the bottom two with you?

Jacob Lusk: To be honest, there is only 5 of us, I think the vote is just about split evenly. Any one of us could have gotten sent home last night – it’s that close of a race at this point.

Question: You mentioned your past, was music your escape?

Jacob Lusk: Education and music definitely. The only way out of that situation is to educate yourself, and that’s what I did. I went to college and took some music classes and then started working with Nate dog and that is how that progressed.

Question: Do you think you were the victim of some contradictory advice of the judges?

Jacob Lusk: I definitely got some but I think Randy always trying to tell me that it’s up to me and I have to be myself. When you’re good you’re good, but when you’re great you’re great, there is no denying that.

Question: Are you going to avoid the Gospel label?

Jacob Lusk: I don’t believe it’s difficult to get away from it, but I am not forsaking my Gospel, it’s just a balance. It’s all about finding a middle ground.

Question: Has anyone from the R&B or Gospel world reached out to you yet?

Jacob Lusk: I have not heard from anyone as of yet but I am pretty confident. I have heard some things through the grapevine and I think I am going to be found. There is a huge world out there that is desiring what I am offering and I am excited about that.

Question: After those comments from Jimmy, did you have a chance to speak with him after the show?

Jacob Lusk: I have not spoken to him or seen him after the show. He has his opinions and he is entitled to them. I feel good and am excited about where my career is headed.

Good luck to Jacob Lusk! Are you happy with this season’s top four, or do you think America got it wrong? Comment and share your thoughts with us – we’d love to hear from you. Then be sure to tune in next week to see these exciting performances!

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One Response to “American Idol: Jacob Lusk Elimination Interview”

  1. rolitt Says:
    May 7th, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    I looked forward to hearing Jacob’s voice every week because he gave me goose bumps. Now that he is no longer on the show guess I will read who won in the news. I am a fan and looking forward to the release of Jacob’s first album and the tour.


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