Jacob Lusk Bounced From "Idol"

Jacob Lusk is out of air on "American Idol." The booming 23-year-old vocalist from Compton, Calif., was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest Thursday.

A day earlier, he had unsuccessfully attempted both parts of "No Air," the duet of Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown, and a tender rendition of "Love Hurts," the classic tune made famous by Nazareth and Roy Orbison.

"I got to share a little bit with America, and I think America's fallen in love with me," said Lusk after his elimination. "Now I can go and put out that good-feeling R&B music that reminds you of Luther (Vandross) or those great old singers."

A tearful Lauren Alaina, the soaring 16-year-old songstress of Rossville, Ga., joined Lusk as one of the bottom two vote-getters.

Despite her position, Alania impressed the "Idol" judges with her performances of Carrie Underwood's "Flat on the Floor" and The Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" on Wednesday's installment of current and classic tunes.

"Jacob had a rough night last night," said "Idol" mentor and Interscope Records chief Jimmy Iovine. "I think his nerves are getting the best of him."

Besides Alaina, the other remaining finalists are over-the-top 22-year-old rocker James Durbin of Santa Cruz, Calif.; deep-voiced 17-year-old country crooner Scotty McCreery of Garner, N.C.; and bluesey 20-year-old singer Haley Reinhart, of Wheeling, Ill.

The singers will return to the stage next week with another finalist dismissed next Thursday.

The 10th season "Idol" champion is scheduled to be crowned on the May 26 finale.

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  • by Dean Location: Plymouth on May 9, 2011 at 06:06 PM
    Glad he's gone. By the way, Love Hurts was done by The Everly Brothers, not Roy Orbison. Then came Nazareth.
  • by Glad Location: Robersonville on May 8, 2011 at 07:16 AM
    I don't know how he made it this far. I am so glad that he is off. I got tired of hearing that screaming every Wed. night. James and Haley are starting to be the same hope Haley or James is gone next. I really want Scotty or Lauren to win.
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on May 6, 2011 at 11:09 PM
    I really love Scotty and James, those have some "real" talent! Chris, don't hate on my boy Scotty, you must not like country music, or Scotty! I love country and rock also, but, it was time for Jacob to go!!
  • by Anonymous on May 6, 2011 at 01:53 PM
    Wayyyyyy overdue! Pia, Paul, and Casey should have definitely beat him out. He was HORRIBLE. Se la vi!
  • by Chris Location: Greenville on May 6, 2011 at 12:53 PM
    Jacob didn't belong on idol, he needs to be a choir director or singer in a church somewhere. Now if we can just get Scotty "country karaoke" McCreery outta there, we can actually have a good contest.
  • by Retired Enlisted Marine on May 6, 2011 at 12:26 PM
    He wasn't very good. Like Anon said, there were much better voted off before him.
  • by ANON Location: ENC on May 6, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    It's about time! I'm surprised he made it as far as he did. I'm sorry, but there was better talent than his that got voted off before he did. Later Jacob!!
  • by Bean Location: The Dub on May 6, 2011 at 08:45 AM
    Come on WITN, you're gonna put it in the headline early the morning after the show??? LAME. How about people that worked late and was gonna watch it on DVR this morning until you ruined it!!! think about it. BOO YOU!!!

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