UPDATE: Jacob tells TV Guide that he wanted to sing “Ain’t No Way” and maybe a Whitney song, but “it got changed” by Jimmy Iovine. He takes responsibility for the decision, however.

Look what TMZ just posted:

“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.

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.”

Lusk isn’t the first person to claim they were pressured into changing songs — Haley Reinhart also insinuated there was some backstage manipulation this week and when the judges ripped her song choice she told them, “I should have followed my gut.”

Sources 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.

I wonder what’s going on here? Jimmy Iovine’s aggressive and brow beating ways are not exactly new or news. Why is it suddenly fodder for Nigel’s friends at TMZ?

BTW, “Crazy” has NEVER been cleared to sing on “Idol”, and it’s Danger Mouse, not Cee Lo who has been the stumbling block. It’s the reason why we never saw Jason Castro’s audition.

 

 
  • Jon

    Is Crazy finally cleared? I always thought that Haley should sing it and it’ll be AWESOME. But I find it hard to believe, especially since now that Cee Lo is on The Voice.

  • Elliegrll

    A big part of me wants to say that this is just a lame excuse, just as it has been in the past, when contestants have said that Nigel or one of the mentors pushed them into singing the wrong song, but with Jimmy having the power to sign them to a contract, I can see how it would be hard to go against him. The contestants don’t want him to think that they are hard to work with, but maybe he’d have more respect for them if they stand up for themselves, and deliver a performance that works.

  • Nina1

    Holey carp! Jacob, you would have screwed up “Crazy”, anyway, and I like it too much to see it mangled! Who tells someone to sing a duet?

    MJ, you suppose there are warring factions within the show? It almost sounds like Jacob wanted “Crazy,” but it couldn’t be cleared, so Jimmy suggested the different song. No story.

  • emme

    Jacob comes across as full of himself. I like him less the more air time he gets. “America loves me!” Well not everyone.

  • halo9125

    While I actually do believe the story is true, I think Jacob ought to take a page out of all of the other eliminated contestants’ books and keep his big mouth shut. He was well past his expiration date when he was mercifully eliminated last night- I have no clue how the hell he lasted this long- and ought to show some gratitude for the experience, not sour grapes.

    Did he actually think he has a shot at winning? Or is he just delusional?

  • panz

    Liking Jacob less and less, the more I hear from him.

    With Jimmy having the power to sign a contract, why is Jacob even doing this?

  • Pam

    There is no doubt in my mind that Jimmy wanted Jacob off the show whether this is true or not but Jacob needs to zip it. I’m so glad he’s gone!

  • CindyM

    Eh, a “source extremely close” to Jacob is probably somebody selling him out. The producers and Iovine seem to have their hand so deeply in the contestants this year. Top 5..Iovine pushed Haley to do the Gaga song, now Jacob with No Air, James was given Without You to sing, who knows what other manipulations are out there.

    I think it would be very difficult for these contestants to go against producers and Iovine especially. He’s so harsh, we see that in the rehearsals and in the critiques he’s been giving lately. Tough for them.

  • Fe

    David Archuleta sang that song during Hollywood week and it still kills me that we never got to see it. I have heard him sing this song several times since then and it’s always amazing. Jason’s version is also amazing (saw him perform on the Idol tour). Just even thinking about Jacob Lusk singing this song makes me gag. He should’ve been off the show before Pia. UGH! I think everybody in 6 counties heard me scream with joy when he finally got the boot.

  • gangreen29

    What is Nigel’s angle releasing this story? I love trying to figure out his machinations.

  • dusty

    James D said one week in his vid intro that he was singing what he wanted, not what Jimmy I told him to sing like the week before. I believe Jacob. He ws pressured to sing out of his “lane”; Scotty was encouraged to sing in his.

    Jimmy’s ego was on display last night when he carped about J Lo disagreeing with Haley’s singing an unknown Lady Gaga song; he showed his irritation. I got the feeling that you-don’t -cross-Jimmy.

  • Lucy1234

    Yep, Jacob needs to zip it. We all know that there are manipulations that go on behind the scenes of American Idol but it will do Jacob no good to run his mouth about it. Biting the hand that feeds you is not going to help your career. I figured that if anyone would cause trouble coming off the show it would be Jacob. He seems to be out of control most of the time. I’m sure the same thing happened to the others who were eliminated but they are smart enough to keep their mouths shut.

  • http://myspace.com/susanatfox sumidol

    Oh my, he has more excuses than carter has liver pills (an old saying from my mom) First its because we dont look in the mirror now this, no Jacob, it is the way you over sing, you showed us proof at the end last night by going crazy, dude you DID sing “Crazy” on Idol.

  • Steelers36

    While I take it as truth that Jacob was encouraged to perform a particular song (we have seen these conversations), it is his responsibility ultimately. Others have stood their ground.

    Unfortunately, he has an overblown concept of his own significance and popularity and skill set. He still thought America was so in love with him after he lost. Just read the TMZ article and other other Jacob statements and this guy is so deluded with his own self-importance.

    @sumidol: I agree w/you. HE is the one that needs to look in the mirror.

    America got it right and the correct F4 is in place. Not only that, the correct person is in 4th place, ready to get the boot next week if nothing changes.

  • Trina

    Motown week Jimmy changed James’ song. I’d make a safe bet he did this to every single contestant so Jacob needs STFU.

  • chessguy99

    What is Nigel’s angle releasing this story? I love trying to figure out his machinations.

    Jimmy looks to be shooting for a James/Haley finale, while Nigel is still pushing Lauren with either Scotty or James. The leak could be to put Jimmy in a bad light.

  • http://myspace.com/girlgeek mj

    What is Nigel’s angle releasing this story? I love trying to figure out his machinations.

    This is my question, exactly. lol.

  • Steelers36

    @gangreen29, @mj: Nigel had nothing to do with this story. It was a friend of Jacob’s. The Nigel quote about every song choice is ultimately the contestant’s (of course assuming it is cleared) is something older simply added to the story for a background fact. I have heard the same thing other seasons.

  • Elliegrll

    While I actually do believe the story is true, I think Jacob ought to take a page out of all of the other eliminated contestants’ books and keep his big mouth shut. He was well past his expiration date when he was mercifully eliminated last night- I have no clue how the hell he lasted this long- and ought to show some gratitude for the experience, not sour grapes.

    He lasted because people voted for him. Jacob hasn’t mentioned this in any of his interviews, so I don’t get the anger that’s directed at him. TMZ is saying that this is coming from Jacob’s friends.

    @gangreen29, @mj: Nigel had nothing to do with this story.

    How would Jacob’s friends get in touch with TMZ? How easy could it actually be to contact them? They’ve been reporting on idol this year, but they haven’t exactly been stalking the contestants are their families, all of the info that they’ve had seems to have been fed to them from some inside source.

  • halo9125

    @gangreen29, @mj: Nigel had nothing to do with this story. It was a friend of Jacob’s.

    True, but aren’t Idol and TMZ in bed together this season? That’s what makes me suspicious.

  • Mtlfan

    i really don’t like him putting the blame on someone else. How come he didn’t do like others who sang what they wanted as shown in earlier weeks?
    not good Jacob.. grow a spine, stop whining and take some responsability

  • Steelers36

    How would Jacob’s friends get in touch with TMZ? How easy could it actually be to contact them? They’ve been reporting on idol this year, but they haven’t exactly been stalking the contestants are their families, all of the info that they’ve had seems to have been fed to them from some inside source.

    At the top of TMZ’s webpage is a very visible red colored box that asks “Got a Tip?”. Follow this link: http://www.tmz.com/tips/ and anyone can send them a message. Hard to believe you ask the question.

    If I was Jacob Lusk’s brother, for example, all I do is identify myself in the tip, provide contact info and tell my story. It is then up to TMZ to follow up on the story, check it out and decide whether to post it.

  • Lucy1234

    It isn’t just Jimmy doing the manipulations, Nigel is the mastermind. All the stuff that goes on behind the scenes would blow your minds. One of my family members was a finalist on So You Think You Can Dance and told me some horror stories of how you knew the bus was coming and who they wanted to win by who you were paired with and by the choreographer and dance style you were told to do. In his/her case, the producers told him/her to tone down his/her passion in rehearsal (paso doble which is the kiss of death) the day before he/she was voted off and then when he/she performed live, the judges criticized him/her for not showing enough passion/emotion. He/she was also told by one of the judges (who he/she still continues to perform with) that it was his/her time to go. Yep, these reality signing/dance shows are fun to watch but the are not on the up and up and we all know that.

    The producers normally pull the strings but it looks like this year Nigel and Jimmy are both pulling the strings.

  • larc

    Maybe toward the end Jimmy was doing whatever he could to grease the skids to get Jacob out of there. That’s certainly what I would have done. He was around long enough to murder too many good songs as it was.

  • Incipit

    We all know that there are manipulations that go on behind the scenes of American Idol but it will do Jacob no good to run his mouth about it.

    Lucy1234, no doubt you are quite correct. This has always happened; some contestants have said no to the pressure, some others have fallen to the ‘listen to the experts’ , or the ‘trying to please’ fallacy. They can any one of them be put in a bad position by their decision, no matter which way they go.

    The only difference this year is that the bad position got worse, with Nigel’s sanction…and with the public change in policy, some of the results become more public.

    Maybe there is a power struggle between back stage and front of the house – but Iovine has the cards, IMO. So it won’t matter to the contestants.

    Some contestants are too naive to think there may have been an agenda behind whatever choice was urged on them, and they are the same ones who are naive enough to think that when they tell the story, they are appealing to a higher authority – the American public.

    Which, they are not – because the American Public doesn’t really want to know.

    Sour grapes is an easier blanket dismissal – even when we see video of the things that happen.

    “Crazy” never being cleared for Idol is a known fact, so it undercuts anything Jacob’s source has to say – but – IMO, it doesn’t change the facts of what we have all seen and heard this season…that we do not want to talk about.

    So yeah, kid. Them’s the breaks. Shut up and deal.

    IMO. Of Course.

  • girlygirl

    At some point these kids need to be able to stand up to Iovine or Nigel or whoever and perform the song they are comfortable with (as long as it has been cleared). Jacob could have simply said something along the lines of, “I appreciate the advice, but I’m not comfortable with trying to sing No Air”

    These kids are going to be dealing with a lot of producers like Iovine once they get into the actual business of making an album. Better to start learning how to stand up for yourself now, rather than simply go along with what other people want all the time.

  • Buffynut

    There’s no doubt in my mind that the addition of the producers and Iovine have been bad for the contestants. They have homogenized the performances and the studio recordings. A mentor should not be judging and critiqueing. It’s a conflict.
    Put me on the “Why is Nigel leaking this story to TMZ” team!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interesting leak. I’m not surprised at the story because I believe it, but I’m curious to know who leaked it to TMZ and why. I suspect Nigel.

  • JudyL

    girlygirl says:
    05/06/2011 at 6:34 pm

    At some point these kids need to be able to stand up to Iovine or Nigel or whoever and perform the song they are comfortable with (as long as it has been cleared).

    Jimmy would not have been successful in trying to steamroll MOST of the past Idol winners. Even though he is giving some needed critiques about the performances, which is something the judges have just decided not to do apparently, it is not his right to tell them what to sing. A little advice to the contestants about their performance would be okay and possibly helpful, especially to the less experienced contestants. I shudder to think what he would have advised Kelly, Taylor, Fantasia, Kris, etc. to sing and how to sing it. Not that I think they would have listened to him. I can just imagine mild-mannered Kris smiling, nodding and then doing exactly what he wanted to do. Fantasia, on the other hand, may have had some choice words if he crossed her.

    Wish the kids were getting some useful critiques and help from someone this season. But not from Jimmy. He is completely unlikeable and sometimes I am completely confused by his advice….seems contradictory at times.

  • randomjoe

    Haley Reinhart also insinuated there was some backstage manipulation this week and when the judges ripped her song choice she told them, “I should have followed my gut.”

    Exact quote:

    Hmmm… I don’t know if I should take any risks or (not). I might as well go with gut I guess. Well, hey, it was an opportunity and I took it.

    (and the way I heard it was: stop telling us to take risks, not take risks. I know I took a big one and am proud of it so suck it).

  • goboywonder

    I find it interesting that Idol fans are always wanting to know about the “behind the scenes” stuff that goes on on the show and almost every time a past contestant/employee says something (especially if it’s NOT a well liked person), Idol fans almost always say it stems from sour grapes and/or to STFU. Hmmm….either you want to know or you don’t.

  • webster

    He may be the shiner this makes him out to be, but it could be far more benign. In the aftermath of being booted, he says to mom or cousin or something, fooey, I should’ve sung the song I wanted instead of the one they wanted me to sing. Said mom or cousin or whatever is asked by tmz why they think he was eliminated, and having blinders, they repeat that he would’ve been ok if he’d gotten his song choice. TMZ runs with it and Jacob looks like a tool.

  • Elliegrll

    Interesting leak. I’m not surprised at the story because I believe it, but I’m curious to know who leaked it to TMZ and why. I suspect Nigel.

    Maybe Nigel wants Jimmy to be less involved next year. Producers on both sides, television and UMG, keep repeating that one side is trying to produce live performances, while the other is trying to produced recorded studio ones. This makes me think that there has been some friction, especially since the live performances have been the ones that have suffered from the new collaboration. Both sets of producers have said that the advice that they give the contestants tend to contradict one another.

    I also wonder if the itunes tracks haven’t been selling as well as they have in the past, and if Nigel has explained to Jimmy that they aren’t going to get people to buy those songs if the contestants don’t have good live performances.

  • Willis

    I have sensed tension between the show and Jimmy a few times this year. I think both Steven and Jennifer have made comments about not doing what Jimmy wants. I do agree with the theory above that Nigel wants Lauren and Scotty (THAT has been obvious for a while) while Jimmy would prefer James and Haley.

    I’m going to have to side with Jimmy. He’s not spending his time kissing everyone’s ass, and is a better representation of what the kids will have to deal with in the real music world.

  • jeffreythegleek

    Why would Uncle Nigel leak the story to TMZ? Simple. Maybe Jimmy is an even bigger control freak, and Nigel doesn’t like him? He’s made no bones of the fact that he’s pleased Simon Cowell isn’t there anymore. Nobody from Sony was ever this involved in the show. Maybe if there’s enough negative talk Jimmy will say “screw this” and not want to be involved anymore.

  • Dlynne

    Jacob already looked like a tool so I would not be at all surprised at these recent comments.

    Put me on the “Why is Nigel leaking this story to TMZ” team!

    Nigel will do anything for ratings, not to mention the fact that he and Jimmy ultimately have two different agendas.

  • http://www.twilightslo.com Mateja

    Why would Uncle Nigel leak the story to TMZ? Simple. Maybe Jimmy is an even bigger control freak, and Nigel doesn’t like him? He’s made no bones of the fact that he’s pleased Simon Cowell isn’t there anymore. Nobody from Sony was ever this involved in the show. Maybe if there’s enough negative talk Jimmy will say “screw this” and not want to be involved anymore.

    And who would then sign the contestants after the show? Santa Claus?

  • J9BT

    Well, there are usually at least 3 sides to every story, but the theme of Jimmy pushing contestants to do different songs seems pretty consistent throughout the season. I agree with MJ, though, Jacob could not have thought he was going to sing “Crazy” when we know that song has never been cleared for IDOL.

    We’ve heard both James & Scotty walk into their “mentoring” sessions and say firmly “this is what I’m doing” – I imagine either because they had prior sessions where Jimmy attempted to change their song or heard of their fellow contestants’ sessions where Jimmy changed their song.

  • J9BT

    Why would Uncle Nigel leak the story to TMZ? Simple. Maybe Jimmy is an even bigger control freak, and Nigel doesn’t like him?

    They have somewhat different objectives, really. Nigel needs to produce a top rated TV show, and Jimmy has lots of pressure to have those signed become relevant in today’s music scene. Leaking stories to TMZ creates buzz for the show, presumably with the intent of increasing ratings for the show, so I think it’s highly likely Nigel leaked this story since Jacob leaving wasn’t a surprise to anyone.

  • Incipit

    But not from Jimmy. He is completely unlikeable and sometimes I am completely confused by his advice….seems contradictory at times.

    JudyL, Jimmy’s ‘verdict’ on the contestant (not the music) can change from week to week – Line them up and read them all together.

    Also, His “Capsule Critiques” can ring so true because they are done ‘after the fact’ – the night ‘after’ the performance, when the voting is over – – not prior to , when it may have some use.

    It simply makes him look all-knowing – which any arm chair quarterback can do, once the scores are in.

    That Lady Gaga song – unreleased, used by a contestant – that can have repercussions in policy changes too. Who approved it?

    If Universal is making Jimmy a little empire there on Idol, Nigel will try to re-establish the balance – and he uses TMZ for that. Which also means – the un-named “source close to Jacob” doesn’t have to exist at all. It’s really like a blind item. Why do we believe in it without cites?

    At this point, it doesn’t pass my Watergate Test, in any case.

    ETA – The update “Jacob tells TV Guide that he wanted to sing “Ain’t No Way” and maybe a Whitney song, but “it got changed” by Jimmy Iovine. He takes responsibility for the decision, however.” …shows that what Jacob said is being conflated with TMZ’s “source” – gives the story more juice, and makes Iovine out to be an ogre.

    Which, he may be – and still, so what? In reality, the kids are always going to be between the rock and the hard place , when the Big Boys duel. If the song “gets changed” – then there is no decision for the contestant to take responsibility for, is there?

    JMO.

  • soverymel

    We’ve heard both James & Scotty walk into their “mentoring” sessions and say firmly “this is what I’m doing” – I imagine either because they had prior sessions where Jimmy attempted to change their song or heard of their fellow contestants’ sessions where Jimmy changed their song.

    Except that all this is a product of editing. We have no way of knowing exactly how hard Jimmy pushed each of the Idols. For instance, when Scotty was given one of the several “real artist who stood up to The Man” themed packages, Jimmy folded awfully quickly. Maybe there was a bigger conflict that happened offscreen, or maybe not. And heck, they didn’t even show Jacob wanting to do another song, so to the 20 million viewers at home it looked like No Air was absolutely Jacob’s choice. There’s at least a possibility that they didn’t show it because Jimmy put a much higher level of pressure on him, then only included footage after Jacob was cowed into singing what Jimmy wanted.

    Pretty sure they wanted Jacob gone, which does support this conspiracy theory LOL.

    We only see what they want us to see.

  • abbysee

    “Crazy” never being cleared for Idol is a known fact, so it undercuts anything Jacob’s source has to say – but – IMO, it doesn’t change the facts of what we have all seen and heard this season…that we do not want to talk about.

    Nods head in agreement.

    Jacob does need to tell his peeps to stfu though.

  • CindyM

    Jimmy would not have been successful in trying to steamroll MOST of the past Idol winners. Even though he is giving some needed critiques about the performances, which is something the judges have just decided not to do apparently, it is not his right to tell them what to sing. A little advice to the contestants about their performance would be okay and possibly helpful, especially to the less experienced contestants. I shudder to think what he would have advised Kelly, Taylor, Fantasia, Kris, etc. to sing and how to sing it. Not that I think they would have listened to him. I can just imagine mild-mannered Kris smiling, nodding and then doing exactly what he wanted to do. Fantasia, on the other hand, may have had some choice words if he crossed her.

    I don’t know. I think many of the former winners could have been steamrolled, especially when they don’t have a contract yet. We’ve heard many idols say they weren’t happy with certain aspects of their albums, because it wasn’t what they wanted but the record company decided. Whether it be an unwanted duet, a single they didn’t want released, I mean look at Kelly Clarkson who has so much success, yet RCA steamrolled her completely and released Already Gone over her objections. She’s fought against her record company for years, yet the record company still wins.

    You’re talking about kids here who don’t have music contracts yet, who are hoping against anything that they get a chance at their dream by being signed and they are having to deal directly with the man who has the ability to make that decision.

    Not as easy as it seems, I think.

  • Trina

    Haven’t the contestants said as much? That the judges, producers and Jimmy all pull them in different directions? Once the season is over Nigel won’t give a crap about these kids because he wants ratings and good TV, UMG is who will be investing money in them on a larger scale so of course Jimmy may have a different agenda.

    Even once out in the real world its not so simple to just say they can stand up to these labels. The biggest stars in the world have said that they often don’t get their way when it comes to control. We don’t know what’s going on behind the scenes and if they are standing up to Jimmy but getting shut down. And really, at this stage its not too wise to be difficult towards the guy who’s gonna be your boss in a few weeks.

  • glamertitis

    I’m going to have to side with Jimmy. He’s not spending his time kissing everyone’s ass, and is a better representation of what the kids will have to deal with in the real music world.

    I totally agree with this. Plus, he is the only honest one so far and says things in a constructive way without being an uncaring boor like Simon could be. The “judges” have been useless for the most part. Random amateurs would do a better job.

    I like Jacob, and however this latest drama has been planted and/or edited, it makes for good reality TV. ;)

  • desiree_chick

    I find it interesting that Idol fans are always wanting to know about the “behind the scenes” stuff that goes on on the show and almost every time a past contestant/employee says something (especially if it’s NOT a well liked person), Idol fans almost always say it stems from sour grapes and/or to STFU. Hmmm….either you want to know are you don’t.

    Exactly. It seems like no one from that show can have an opinion of sorts about being on the show, like “you’re on the #1 show, with many fans, you should be grateful, whiny ’cause you lost, blah blah blah”. No expressing of feelings, regrets, issues they’ve had, etc. Just giving the same ole tired “I’m grateful for this experience answers” and can’t be real, the interviews that we complain are boring and too conventional. We are clearly expecting too much of what a reality show contestant/co-worker show should say, which is they should say whatever they want, even if it means negative things about the show.

  • calimari

    If he didn’t want to do “No Air” then why did he tell the judges, after the performance, that that was the direction he wanted to go in?

  • Keel

    While I take it as truth that Jacob was encouraged to perform a particular song (we have seen these conversations), it is his responsibility ultimately. Others have stood their ground.

    Yes, but I think it’s different this year with Jimmy. In prior years, the contestants were saying no to the show PTB. This year, they would be saying no to a record label PTB — the same record label that will sign them if they win. It seems to me that there is more on the line when you say “no” to a guy who may be calling the shots in your future dream career as a recording artist, than saying “no” to a guy like Nigel who is wielding some power now (via manipulations, picking pimp spots, etc.) but ultimately doesn’t call the shots as far as who wins the prize (a recording contract) that they are dangling in front of you. Also, once the season is over you know you don’t really have to worry about having to see him ever again, unless you guest star (and what can he do to you then). Not saying that it’s easy either way, but there’s certainly is more on the line if you piss off Jimmy.

  • koshka

    This year, they would be saying no to a record label PTB — the same record label that will sign them if they win. It seems to me that there is more on the line when you say “no” to a guy who may be calling the shots in your future dream career as a recording artist, than saying “no” to a guy like Nigel who is wielding some power now (via manipulations, picking pimp spots, etc.) but ultimately doesn’t call the shots as far as who wins the prize (a recording contract) that they are dangling in front of you. Also, once the season is over you know you don’t really have to worry about having to see him ever again, unless you guest star (and what can he do to you then). Not saying that it’s easy either way, but there’s certainly is more on the line if you piss off Jimmy.

    For a while I’ve been wondering if this isn’t the rub between haley and Jimmy. Perhaps she done some push back to him he doesn’t like.

  • Holden

    Yes, Jimmy can be aggressive, but I don’t buy Jacob’s story. I thought I heard Jimmy tell him up front that singing both parts of a duet would be hard. Someone check me on this — I’m pretty sure he said that, but maybe he said it afterward. It sounded to me like he was trying to talk him out of “No Air.” It was definitely Jimmy’s idea for Jacob to sing “Love Hurts” — and that was the better of his two performances.

  • karenc

    I think the problem isn’t as much song choice, but choice of arraingement of the song. Others in the past have done songs on the show that wouldn’t fit them, but if they have the skills and experience they could change the song enough to fit their style. And maybe this is partially the music producers this year having control, but I think it does seem that contestants do still have some input.

  • karenc

    Cindy M

    I don’t know. I think many of the former winners could have been steamrolled, especially when they don’t have a contract yet. We’ve heard many idols say they weren’t happy with certain aspects of their albums, because it wasn’t what they wanted but the record company decided. Whether it be an unwanted duet, a single they didn’t want released, I mean look at Kelly Clarkson who has so much success, yet RCA steamrolled her completely and released Already Gone over her objections. She’s fought against her record company for years, yet the record company still wins.

    I think this is less of a problem now, or at least the past few seasons. When Kelly Clarkson won Idol, she was more characterised as being more of an r&b or ballad singer, like much of her first album. But she wanted to go in a more pop rock direction, which is fine, and works well for her, but I think the problem is she couldn’t really show what kind of artist she wanted to be on Idol as much as they can now. And I know that even now the winners probably can’t do everything they want, but I think that there is less of a difference with the way they are portrayed on the show with the type of music that they come out with on their first album.

  • weese

    I imagine it is possible that Crazy has since been cleared for this season and they are saving it for someone else or the finale. Maybe Danger Mouse wants some air time now that Cee lo is all over the place.

  • karenc

    calimari says:
    05/06/2011 at 8:25 pm
    If he didn’t want to do “No Air” then why did he tell the judges, after the performance, that that was the direction he wanted to go in?

    Very true. And then when Randy said it wasn’t good he said he wanted to go more in a Luthor Vandross direction.

    I think he problem is that his type of singing isn’t really that current, and this song is more of the current type of R&B.

  • callmecrazy

    Like Randy so often has said, ‘If you can sing, you can sing anything’….so whatever song is chosen by the contestant or ‘given’ to them *wink*, he/she should be able to sing the hades out of it. And should be credited for it as well. Dunno about all the theories flying around, heck we as the audience will never truly know what really goes on….however if James is eliminated, and the following week’s theme is metal, then I shall plant myself atop the grassy knoll scratching my chin.

  • Buffynut

    No themes after this week, right? Top 3 does judges choice, their own choice, and producers choice.

  • Willis

    Really, Jacob could have just said this to an “anonymous source” in passing and didn’t make a deal of it. Especially if he didn’t feel he did good on it, never mentioning he couldn’t sing Crazy anyway.

    I do think that Jimmy is trying to make a good product with these kids. Trying. Theory and delivery are two different things. A solo ‘No Air’ could work as a good song, just not for Jacob.

    I think if either James or Haley win this year they would be in good hands, especially if Jimmy was personally involved. Lately I’ve gotten that Haley is a team player vibe from the video packages. That makes producers happy! James seemed very welcome to the idea of a 30 Seconds to Mars style record. A more current style.

    I suspect if Scotty wins they’ll hand him off to a great Nashville producer.

    Lauren will get a song by Kara Dioguardi. A deep cut that’s been on the shelf a while.

  • webster

    Like Randy so often has said, ‘If you can sing, you can sing anything’….so whatever song is chosen by the contestant or ‘given’ to them *wink*, he/she should be able to sing the hades out of it. And should be credited for it as well.

    While both are true, contestants are constantly being told that’s not the right song for you (for me). And that song choice is everything. And people online are constantly debating what should they sing, and are those lyrics too old for that singer. is the song too dated, or too cheesy or too unknown.

    It’s no wonder the contestants think song choice matters. It matters to the judges and the voters, and probably to the music buyers.

  • callmecrazy

    I agree with you Webster. I’m also wondering about this week’s theme in that it’s yet another throwback to decades past, which I don’t have a problem with. But when judges tell the contestants to sing something we are familiar with I can imagine the number of teens scrambling to ask their parents what the 60′s and 70′s are?

  • YeahRight

    goboywonder says:

    I find it interesting that Idol fans are always wanting to know about the “behind the scenes” stuff that goes on on the show and almost every time a past contestant/employee says something (especially if it’s NOT a well liked person), Idol fans almost always say it stems from sour grapes and/or to STFU. Hmmm….either you want to know are you don’t.

    This. I’m sure if it was someone other than Jacob saying this stuff, there wouldn’t be cries or sour grapes or to STFU or saying that he’s delusional.

  • springboard

    goboywonder says:

    I find it interesting that Idol fans are always wanting to know about the “behind the scenes” stuff that goes on on the show and almost every time a past contestant/employee says something (especially if it’s NOT a well liked person), Idol fans almost always say it stems from sour grapes and/or to STFU. Hmmm….either you want to know are you don’t.

    I am firmly in the clan of those who want to know.

    I think that it takes contestants that are slightly out of touch with reality to spill the beans because it is most certainly in their contract that they shouldn’t.

    This story is just reinforcing what I thought was obvious, that Jacob was bussed with No Air, not that I am unhappy that he’s gone.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a rift between the various PTBs about the final outcome, if who Iovine thinks is the most marketable doesn’t make the most interesting finalist.

    If for example he wants Lauren to win and Scotty is a lock for top two, the finale would be between two teens in a similar genre, so not diverse enough and not great for ratings.

    Or Nigel thinks that the best ending would be Haley the underdog winning against all odds, but Jimmy hates her.

    Or Nigel wants James to keep up with metal and Jimmy wants him to move towards HAC stuff… Or Nigel would like James to win but Jimmy doesn’t.

    As for the judges, I firmly believe that they are not free to support or criticise who they want, they have to follow the producers line.
    At this point, I am not sure about what the apparent disagreement between them and Iovine means, whether it is real or fake, and who really supports who.

  • Grammie Kari

    Wasn’t it bound to happen that a permanent mentor would form opinions of a contestant – either favorable, unfavorable or neutral? I believe Jacob. We know other contestants have had this happen to them. Stefano did not select “Hello” but was told at the last minute his song was NOT available.

    I don’t know who is in control on song selections. Is it Nigel or Jimmy? However, it is Jimmy who may give them a record contract. I wonder if he’ll return next year?

  • koshka

    Springboard

    for the life of me, I can’t figure out who Jimmy wants to sign. Its not at all obvious to me.

    I agree though that Nigel and Jimmy want something completely different, but then that is no surprise.

  • http://ucsub.colorado.edu/~hansenkd/BrahmsGuides MahlerFan

    Or Nigel thinks that the best ending would be Haley the underdog winning against all odds, but Jimmy hates her.

    I get the vibe that Jimmy is firmly in Haley’s corner right now, although it took him some time to get there. His “finale” comment seemed pointed, given that NONE of the pundits have given her a chance to make it there. I wonder if complying and going with the Gaga song helped her more than we know. Everyone was pissed at the Three Stooges, and Jimmy’s validation of that can only help Haley. She is not only peaking at the right moment; she is pleasing the mentor at the right moment. Unfortunately, I think that it is NIGEL who is against her. He has a TELEVISION storyline crafted which may or may not conflict with Jimmy’s COMMERCIAL vision. Haley did not fit into this storyline, and he has had to shoehorn her into it. In the meantime, her fanbase seems to have exponentially increased at a more rapid rate than has been seen before. And I think Jimmy has something to do with it. I was actually surprised that there was no apparent fallout from her on-air obscenity (which was directed at Jimmy), and I wonder of doing Gaga was her way of making amends. If so, it was mutually beneficial. At this point, I think that Jimmy would be fine with a Haley win (which is, realistically, still pretty unlikely), but that Nigel would not.

  • shell29

    This. I’m sure if it was someone other than Jacob saying this stuff, there wouldn’t be cries or sour grapes or to STFU or saying that he’s delusional.

    Exactly.

  • movin2thabeet

    I think the gap between those in the Idol machine who are geared toward creating good TV versus those who are looking for a good commercial artist has grown, and that some of the kids, like Jacob, are left hanging in that gap. It’s got to be extremely uncomfortable there. Meanwhile, the judges this year, to an extent, are also caught in this gap. They want to support these talented kids and help them to grow as artists, but that often is not seen as making for good TV. For all the talk this year of putting the focus on the kids versus the judges, I’m feeling like the judges are even more a focus than ever – especially JLo and Steven Tyler. Face it, their personalities are way bigger than any of the remaining kids. I’d say only Casey Abrams gave them a run for their money.

  • ilovenpt123

    I don’t believe Jacob when he says that he could have sung “Crazy.” I remember when Adam said that he wanted to sing it during Hollywood week and they did not have the rights to use the song. I think he ended up doing the Cher song instead. Jacob needs to keep his mouth closed.