Update: In this interview with TV Guide, Jacob alludes to being pressured to sing different songs, but takes full responsibility for his choices, in contrast to what TMZ is reporting.

Plus Ryan Seacrest describes the throw-down that went on after the cameras were turned off and Jacob finished singing. Listen to the audio HERE.  Randy Jackson and Jacob’s grandma were doing “The Dougie”.

I’ll be live blogging (and transcribing) the Jacob Lusk 12:30 et satellite conference call right here.

In the meantime: Here’s Jacob’s post-boot interview with Entertainment Weekly. Watch.

Live blog after the JUMP…

  • Was the pressure getting to him? “I was getting a little tired, and really trying to do different things that I thought he would like…and that America wanted different things. At the end of the day, I definitely went out and said ‘I’m going to give it my all, I’m not going to hold anything back.’ And that’s what I did.”
  • Did he sign the highest note he’s ever sung on Idol? Has he ever broken glass? “I have broken a glass, but not with my singing. I’m kind of clumsy! But I have definitely sang a lot higher than that.”
  • On the comment about America not looking in the mirror if he made the bottom 3 (When he sang “Man in the Mirror”), “That comment had nothing to do with me and my vocal performance.  I’m not the greatest singer in the world, at least I don’t feel that I am.  That was really more about my song selection and it was more about what was going on in the world at that time. The Japan disaster had just happened a couple of days before. For me, it was about all of us taking an internal glance. It had nothing to do with people voting for me. It wasn’t about that. It was about me wanting people to really look…look at ourselves and look what we could do to change the world, because the world is in a disastrous state right now, with disasters happening all over, It’s up to us to make a change. It especially starts with me.  It had nothing to do with me being voted in or voted out. It was kind of sensationalized a little bit…a whole lot.”
  • Did America understand where he was coming from? “I think sometimes the didn’t know what to do with me, but I think a lot of America got it. I think they got that I was the R&B crooner, soulful gospel guy. And those lines oftentimes blur. A lot of those great R&B singers like Luther Vandross, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston got their start in the church–even Mariah Carey has a lot of gospel roots. I think they got it. I just didn’t have the greatest performance on Wednesday, and I wasn’t really in my element. That’s probably the reason why I was sent home.”
  • Did Jimmy Iovine’s negative comments hurt? Was it soul destroying? “I wouldn’t call it soul destroying. It definitely hurts a lot to have someone who is supposed to be mentoring you…and it feels like every time you turn around kind of tearing you down. But what you have to remember is that you’re not doing it for him. You’re doing it for the people out there in America and they’re the people who are voting. It definitely hurts, it’s definitely hard to have someone beat you over the head with a baseball bat and then say ‘alright go out here and sing for your life.’  What I do and what I’ll continue to do now that the show is over for me, is to really give my all and continue to show my heart and to continue to do my best and touch people. That’s what it’s about. It’s about touching people with music. It’s not about how great I can sing, or how many riffs I can do or how good Jimmy thinks I am, or how bad he thinks I am. It’s about me putting out great music that America loves.”
  • On taking the audience to Church last night (especially after the cameras stopped rolling), “I made a joke months ago, I said ‘Ray if I ever get off this show, if I ever win, whatever happens, we’re going to church.’ It was kind of a joke.  I finished singing and I didn’t want it to be a sad crying moment.  I did cry after the show was over. But with these people here I said ‘We are not going to cry, we are going to rejoice.’ Because I made Top 5 and there’s an amazing group of 4 people left to choose from. I didn’t want any sad faces, no crying. I wanted joy.”
  • How great was it to have his family on stage? “It was not planned. I didn’t even know they were up there until I looked up and I saw Jlo getting her church jig on, and Steven and Randy. It was not planned. It just kinda happened.
  • Nigel, Debbie (the stage manager) and his grandma were dancing, “Definitely my grandmother [his family] were just proud. They were happy. I wanted to do this for a very long time and I always said I wanted my grandmother to see me make it, and she did.
  • What has he been through in his lifetime? “My mother and father divorced, and my father died when I was 12 years old.  I’ve been through a lot of different schools. I was picked on real bad when I was younger, beat up, had been through bad grades, and then having good grades, and then moving out on my own. Being the prideful person that I am, been homeless. I’ve gone without. There’s been times where I didn’t have any money, didn’t know what was going to happen or what I was going to do. Moments like that where you really just feel like giving up. Especially in this industry it’s so hard not to have any support sometimes–times where I just didn’t think I was going to make it. But, I kept going and I’m here.”
  • On his relationship with church music, “You can’t take gospel singing out of a person. Some of the greatest soul and R&B singers of all time–Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey–do a lot of church gospel-inspired riffs. Beyonce–it’s all in there. Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass–they all have done that so it’s something that you can’t run from. It’s a soul thing. It’s not even necessarily a church thing a God or a Christian thing. It’s something that you just kind of feel, it just kind of oozes out. That’s what really goes on.”
  • About his “God Bless the Child” performance  in Hollywood, “It had been a long week, 250 people had been whittled down to about 100. I was tired, drained and a person actually went up right before me and sang “God Bless the Child” and killed it, so I was scared, I was shaking in my boots. I went out there, I don’t know if anybody noticed, but I changed one of the lyrics of the song. When I ended, I said ‘God bless the child that’s got his own. I need my own. I was tired. I didn’t want to go back home to my normal life, and I had to have my own. That’s really really where I sang it from. Everybody has theirs. Jl0 has hers, Steven had his and I wanted mine. That’s where I sang it from. I didn’t want to struggle any more. I didn’t want to wonder where my next meal was gonna come from. I didn’t want to wonder where I was going to live or if I was going to have money to pay rent and now I don’t have to worry about that ever again.”
  • Who would he like to perform with on the finale? “I would love to perform with Whitney Houston, Patti Labelle, maybe Chaka Kahn, maybe a little Prince, somebody like that–someone like that. Maybe if it were gospel, Yolanda Adams–just so many people. But I would want somebody who was big, big, big, big–big R&B soul singer.”
  • Is he interested in acting? “My primary focus is an album, but I definitely want to look into doing some theater, maybe some Broadway as well as some film. I haven’t done any film. I’ve done some off-Broadway plays and some gospel stage plays, but I definitely want to do some Broadway and some film, for sure.”
  • What would his album sound like? “You’re going to hear some traditional R&B, which I feel is missing from the scene. There aren’t any Luther Vandrosses, Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye singers out right now. There’s a lot of pop and bubble gum. I think that’s what I bring naturally, I don’t have to try to do that.  You’re going to hear those “Huse is not a Home”s and those “Superstar”s and those love ballads. You’re going to hear that.  Definitely some inspirational music as well. That’s going to encourage people to keep living and keep fighting.”
  • Was he surprised to be eliminated? “I had expected it–not because of my bottom 3 finishes, but because of the judges’ feedback and my performance this past week. I was the only one who wasn’t in his element last week. Everyone else was in their element and I did songs that weren’t in my genre, that weren’t really my thing, trying to do something different. This wasn’t the time to do that, I feel that’s why I was voted off, not because I was horrible, or because they didn’t like me, or they liked somebody else better. Those 4 people who are there did amazing and were in their element Wednesday night, and I wasn’t.”
  • What was his reaction when Lauren Alaina wound up in the bottom 2, “To be honest, it’s 5 of us, so anyone of us could be in the bottom 2 or the bottom 3. And especially with everyone being so amazingly talented, I think that the vote is just about split evenly. It’s such a close race, that anybody could win. Any one of us could have got sent home.”
  • On escaping poverty in Compton and Los Angeles, “When I was 17, I thought I was grown into everything. I moved out of my mother’s house, trying to be independent, and a know it all. I moved to LA and got my own place, really roughed it out and became a man.  The only way to get out of a certain situation is to educate yourself, and that’s what my plan was. I graduated from high school. I was student body president, I was a speech and debate captain for the WBFL league, and I took AP classes. I said ‘if I want to get out of here, I gotta go to school’ and that’s what I did. I went to college and took some music classes and that re-invigorated my passion for singing, and then I started working with Nate Dogg–that’s how that progressed.”
  • On the contradictory advice he got from the judges, “I definitely got some contradictory advice, but I think that what Randy always tried to tell me is that it was up to me and I have to be myself. Any time I’m being myself, they can’t say anything. That’s where it really comes down to is being yourself and being the best that you can be. When you’re great, you’re great. When you’re good, you’re good. Nobody can argue with that. That’s what I have to do.”
  • Will he try to avoid the Gospel label? Is it difficult to cross over? “I don’t believe it’s difficult at all. A lot of legendary artists have done it. I’m not forsaking my gospel–that’s where I grew up. That’s what people love to hear me sing. It’s just a balance. The thing is to find a middle ground that hybrids both of those.”
  • Has anybody reached out to him from the Gospel or R&B world? “I have not as of yet, but I’m pretty confident. I’ve heard some things through the grapevine. I think I’m going to be fine. There’s a world out there who is desirous of what I believe I have to offer. It’s just about me really going out there and giving my heart and soul. there someone somewhere out there who’s going to want it. I’m excited to just to give that. There’s some grumblings in the grapevine that I have heard.”
  • Did Jimmy Iovine talk to him after the show? “I have not spoken to him or seen him after the show. All is well. I have no complaints. He has his opinions, and he’s definitely entitled to them. I’m excited and I feel good about where my career is headed. It’s now time for me to get to work, time for me to put out those great R&B records, time for me to go on auditions, and get on Broadway and maybe do some film. I definitely see some duets in my future, hopefully Chaka Kahn, Patti Labelle, maybe a little Whitney Houston for me. Definitely exciting.”
  • Closing remarks: “I want to say thank you to everyone who supported me. I don’t take any of it for granted. I’m definitely looking forward to putting out a great record. I’m thankful for the comparisons to Luther Vandross. I’m so honored by them. I want to put out a record that will not only make his fans proud, by the new fans I’ve acquired and make them proud as well.”

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  • songsungblue

    Thanks MJ! I’m curious to hear what he says. Although he looks like he’s Mr. Positive, so…

  • MayMirabella

    He told Ray that if he was voted off, he wanted to “take the audience to church” He didn’t want any sad faces–no crying.. Time to celebrate.

    I like when contestants do that. Paul and Casey seemed to have a similar outlook as they made their exits fun too.
    Jacob and the contestants and audience like that too as it makes them feel more comfortableand not feel so bad that someone was booted.
    I wish Jacob all the best. I think he would do so well on Broadway. I like the happy, smiling, exuberant Jacob.

  • MayMirabella

    He was expecting to be eliminated, because of the judges feedback and the quality of his performance. He felt the rest were fantastic and singing in their element.

    I like that and it is a realistic, mature way to look at this competition. Some contestants in past years who had a rough night do not seem to be in touch with that and seem surprised to be booted although they had a bad night. I tend to think Jacob was prepared for a few weeks for this as his body language on elimination weeks when he was in bottom 2 or 3.

  • Cari

    The comment had nothing to do with his vocal performance, but his song selection and what was going on in the world. It wasn’t about people voting for him.

    …What? He said if he was in the B3 it would be because American couldn’t look themselves in the mirror. How is that not about people voting for him? Silly.

  • Reflections On Life

    I loved his sing-out, especially how he just wouldn’t stop singing, and how all the other idols joined in the celebration. Joyous stuff!

  • flyaway

    Paul started the “celebration” at being voted off and Stefano and Casey followed suit. Remember Stefano trying to grab the mic from Ryan ’cause he just wanted to do his song?

    Will be interesting to see if the next 2 can continue the “I’m just happy I made it this far” theme.

    And, on Jacob’s comment about not having to worry anymore – hope that’s true for him but the most recent big voices, Big Mike, Lil, Syesha, Chikize (sp?) haven’t recorded any hits.

  • Niall

    Has anybody reached out to him from the Gospel world? He has not yet. But he has heard some things through the grapevine. He feels confident about the future.

    If the kid wants any hope at a future in music, he’d better be the one reaching out and setting up meetings. Too many of these folks take the attitude that they have it made now and then realize too late that AI is just a stepping stone that they have to work hard to exploit.

  • TwigLA

    I think Jacob is quite delusional.

  • sma11ie

    Paul started the “celebration” at being voted off and Stefano and Casey followed suit. Remember Stefano trying to grab the mic from Ryan ’cause he just wanted to do his song?

    It’s true. I’ve really enjoyed these last few sing-offs!

    Will be interesting to see if the next 2 can continue the “I’m just happy I made it this far” theme.

    Not Lauren for sure. Haley, yes, definitely. Scotty or James… unclear.

    And, on Jacob’s comment about not having to worry anymore – hope that’s true for him but the most recent big voices, Big Mike, Lil, Syesha, Chikize (sp?) haven’t recorded any hits.

    Syesha’s doing pretty well with her Broadway gigs, no? But with the acting stuff, it helps that she’s really pretty… unlike Jacob. I mean…

  • iggy

    Jacob seems like a really nice guy. I hope his dreams come true. He has the tour coming up so he’ll make some money from that. He was funny too.

  • Pam

    I think Jacob is quite delusional.

    THIS. He’s got to realize that things aren’t going to just be handed out to him on a silver platter. You have to work for your sucess.

  • Lois Lane

    I think Jacob is naive, not delusional. It speaks to how Idol doesn’t prepare the contestants for life after the show. The contestants have worked hard during the show, so they understand the determination that goes into it. But because many lack experience, they don’t see the big picture.

    I don’t any Idolette expects anything to be handed to them. They just don’t understand and Idol does nothing to help them with that, IMO.

  • mhann

    If Scotty got eliminated, not only do I see him going out on a positive note, I could actually see him singing “Gone” as his swan song.

  • dancingqueen

    I loved joyous Jacob at the beginning and again last night – somewhere in between, the joy was sucked out of him and he lost his way.

    Where does he say he expects to be handed everything? He said he wouldn’t have to struggle – for him that might just mean not being homeless again. He didn’t say he wasn’t planning to work. I doubt, at this point, he’s allowed by idol to contact people in the biz – he’s hopeful, from what he’s heard, someone will contact him.

    Most of these kids are just excited they’ll be making some money touring, and after that, it’s up to them.

  • Mel1

    I loved Jacob’s attitude.

    I think too many idol finalists are lead to believe that they are such a select group (of 100,000), and just being in the top 10 or so will lead to big things. I’m wondering how much money finalists like Jason Castro and Matt Giraud are making. It seems like there is always Broadway or musical theatre, if they can’t have a solo career.

    I guess Lauren expects (expected) to win, if she was that upset just being in the bottom two.

  • MayMirabella

    Will be interesting to see if the next 2 can continue the “I’m just happy I made it this far” theme.

    Yes Paul, Stefano, Casey, and Jacob have made it a party celebration of sorts and it has been fun for the audience and the othe contestants. It is like the ones to depart are cheering up the ones still left and that is good and actually something rather new this season and I like it.

    I loved joyous Jacob at the beginning and again last night – somewhere in between, the joy was sucked out of him and he lost his way.

    I absolutely and wholeheartedly agree.I noticed that too. I love exuberant, fun Jacob who was practically doing somersaults when he made top24 and when he is happy, he jumps around and laughs.i love that Jacob.

  • MayMirabella

    I guess Lauren expects to win, if she is that upset just being in the bottom two.

    I wonder if the producers and judges are trying to get her confidence up but going overboard to the extent that she is totally shocked and falls apart if she is in the bottom 2 like last night. She was crying from the time she heard that news until she was safe which had a commerical in there, she was still crying.
    She is young and I wonder if the show has not adequately prepared for this show in terms of how anyone can be eliminated in any given week..one never knows and how she will have rejections in the music business and it is a tough road to go down and it will not all be sunshine,flowers and platinum records and praise.

    Idol appears to be protecting her to some extent and I think they need to prepare her or at least make sure she sees how there will be tough times and not everyone will praise her performances the rest of her career.

  • MayMirabella

    I worry about her next week or the week after if she is cut before the Finale. Will she dissolve into a puddle of tears and fall apart. ? I think she will be fine if she is in the Finale as that annoucement comes at the very end and the mood is festive and celebratory and the end of the show and so on

    But I have a feeling she could go next week or end up third and just fall apart and the people remaining on the show and the judges and her parents are going to have to console her and help her through this. I am guessing Ryan is dreading this. Nigel may need to make a plan that if Lauren is sobbing that it might be ok to let her not sing her song and just let the others give her hugs and so on.

  • SpenserJ

    I’m wondering how much money finalists like Jason Castro and Matt Giraud are making.

    A lot of the previous alumni seem to have plently of opportunities. They don’t need to be huge recording artists to make a living. The do a lot of off-broadway stuff, appearances, gigs in small venues, behind the scenes stuff, etc. Even if a career of nothing but appearance fees awaits Jacob – it’s still better than being broke in Compton.

  • rbidol

    I know that this is not a thread about Lauren…but since it is part of the conversation (given that she was the one standing next to Jacob)…

    I think it is possible to over-analyze her tears. I know that she is really young, and I know that she apparently has self-confidence issues (though I’m not sure that I would know that if they didn’t mention it every episode! Talk about self-fulfilling prophesy!) but by the same token…some people just cry more than others.

    I remember Brooke White, who I loved. She cried plenty, especially when she was in danger of going home the few times that she was in the bottom 3. She is one of the few contestants that I can remember who could not get through her final performance. At the time, I know people were saying she is not stable.

    Guess what? She has been just fine…she’s had a strong career. A wonderful album…a starring role in a movie! And she probably still cries sometimes!

    Lauren will cry when (if?) she is voted off. But I am absolutely certain that she will have a good career in country music, and the momentary difficulty of being voted off will soon be a distant memory. So, I’m not very worried about it.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lois Lane says:
    05/06/2011 at 2:32 pm

    I think Jacob is naive, not delusional. It speaks to how Idol doesn’t prepare the contestants for life after the show. The contestants have worked hard during the show, so they understand the determination that goes into it. But because many lack experience, they don’t see the big picture.

    I don’t any Idolette expects anything to be handed to them. They just don’t understand and Idol does nothing to help them with that, IMO.

    I think that you may be right about Jacob. As for the rest, it depends on the contestant, but generally, I agree. I think that Adam, Michael Johns, Carly, Paul, etc. may have had some insight into how tough it is to succeed, because they had some experience and contact with the industry before AI. I hope that Jacob is right and he doesn’t have to worry about making a living any more, but time will tell. Jacob seems like a nice guy who has had more than his share of troubles. He needs vocal coaching to get control over his singing though. I wish him well.

  • flyaway

    Anoop may be a good example for Jacob to follow. He moved to L.A. right after the tour ended, expecting to have all sorts of opportunities. Only took him a few months to realize he would have to market himself which is what he’s doing in Atlanta – writing and producing independently, booking smaller gigs.

    I’m not sure Jacob has the drive and/or business sense to do this.

  • jrain

    Imo it’s not idols job to prepare the contestants for life after idol. i’m sure some of that happens but in reality it takes months if not years sometimes. The tour will help as well. Idol is basically giving them a shot a record contract which anyone in the top 12 has a chance at and of course putting on a TV show. In the end not everybody can be a star.

  • desiree_chick

    As for that whole celebratory sing-off stuff… if you look closely over the past four guys leaving, as they look at their “moments” tape, or the time they have spent on the show, the realization on their faces that it will be all gone and they won’t see the other contestants too much for awhile kinda dawn on them. Hence, they all seem pretty misty watching their tape. Even Paul looked a bit misty. They won’t admit it, but their joyous sing-offs is to hide the fact that deep down, they feel like they want to cry, so the fun is to distract that feeling. At least Jacob admitted it.

    At least, I think so.

  • muzikghetto

    Good Luck, Jacob!

    If he says he would be fine, so be it. Perhaps the reason why I could always look forward to watching AI is that I really do not worry that much about the contestants. If my favourite got eliminated, I simply move on and try to find another one so that I could have a good excuse to still continue watching the show. If ever I come to a point when nobody could catch my attention, I would still watch although I would not have that much eagerness anymore. At the moment, I still put the show on my priority list.

  • Buffynut

    I am guessing Ryan is dreading this. Nigel may need to make a plan that if Lauren is sobbing that it might be ok to let her not sing her song and just let the others give her hugs and so on.

    I can’t remember who it was, I’m sure MJ will know, but a few years back one of the contestanst was crying so much she couldn’t sing. All the other contestants got off the couch and came and sang with her. It was a very sweet moment. I should remember who it was, but can’t. Maybe Brooke?

  • Ringo

    Naive or delusional, who knows. I do think that if he is believing any of the smoke the judges were blowing up his rear (and it sounds like he was), then he was being misled. I don’t think, or did hear anything to suggest he is anywhere close to the talent of Luther Vandross and, in my opinion, definitely not the holder of one of the best voices ever on Idol. He does seem like nice person from seeing his interaction with the other contestants and his voice and performances obviously appeal to someone. Good luck to him.

  • Ringo

    Frankly, I think the Lauren crying incident was overblown. I read about it first and expected a meltdown. But then watching the West Coast feed, I only saw here tearing up a bit. And it appeared that she had it together for a bit until some girls in the crowd yelled “We love you Lauren” right before Ryan announced Jacob’s demise. She broke a bit then, but again, nothing like I expected.

  • JudyOhio

    Brook had a hard time with her sing out the night she was eliminated. I couldn’t get this to link, but if you want to see it,

    go to YouTube – then type in Brooke White’s Emotional Elimination In Its Entirety

    She was obviously very emotional and does have tears coming down while singing and has a hard time holding it together.

  • muzikghetto

    I can’t remember who it was, I’m sure MJ will know, but a few years back one of the contestanst was crying so much she couldn’t sing. All the other contestants got off the couch and came and sang with her. It was a very sweet moment. I should remember who it was, but can’t. Maybe Brooke?

    I remembered that emotional exit very well because she has strong facial similarities with Carrie Underwood. She is Season 7′s Alaina Whitaker. She was around 16-17 then.

  • SybilTrelawney

    I don’t think there is a market for Jacob in the R&B world. He’s not a credible romantic crooner. Maybe in Gospel or Christian music — Mandisa has made herself a very nice career there.

  • YeahRight

    TwigLA says:
    I think Jacob is quite delusional.

    I did not read anything in there that showed Jacob to be delusional. If anything, he seems excited and looking forward to what’s to come next. He’s not walking around saying he’s going to win a Grammy in two years.

  • chrislongisland

    I will say this: Jacob has come a long long way from his humble beginnings, and regardless of my personal music tastes, anytime someone fights off homelessness and reaches these heights, I give him all the credit in the world for not giving up.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    In regard to the show’s producers feeling any responsibility towards the contestants in preparing them for what comes after the show is over, I think that this quote from Ken Warwick’s conference call with reporters back in late April pretty much sums it up:

    Is Ken concerned about marketing another male winner?

    “I make a television show, at the end of that show, I hopefully give the record company a person who has a following of 20, 30 million people. What they do from then on has absolutely nothing to do with me. I then move on to the next year’s show.”

    The producers only care about the show. The show is everything. “a following of 20, 30 million people”? Ken’s an idiot.

  • JudyL

    TwigLa thinks Jacob is quite delusional and I agree with her. To quote from his conference call:

    It’s now time for me to get to work, time for me to put out those great R&B records, time for me to go on auditions, and get on Broadway and maybe do some film. I definitely see some duets in my future, hopefully Chaka Kahn, Patti Labelle, maybe a little Whitney Houston for me

    He has no problem comparing himself to Vandross and thinking some of the greats will be dueting with him. I find these remarks very delusional and not at all self-aware.

    IMO Jacob does not have nearly the talent of many eliminated contestants from other seasons and he has little chance of succeeding. But maybe he’ll learn and grow during the tour, who knows.

  • Mtlfan

    the tour will do him some good :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Now that I’ve read the full transcript of Jacob’s interview, he does give me the impression that he has an overly optimistic opinion of his own abilities and prospects.

  • Dlynne

    I don’t know if he’s delusional or not very realistic. These kids seem to think that if they make the Top 12 they’ve got careers in music ahead of them and that’s just not necessarily true.

  • artemis

    One reason the singers with more professional experience, like Paul,tend to perform a happy sing-off is that they know this is a last opportunity to showcase their talent in front of a huge, nationwide audience.They are not going to blow it or waste precious seconds of their performance spotlight by crying. They want to leave the audience entertained and wanting more.
    Show business is full of rejection.The younger ones had better get used to it.

  • Reflections On Life

    If Stefano & Jacob both sound a little naive about what opportunities await them after AI, it could be that working with Iovine and all the famous producers have led them to think that some opps await with these guys. It’s diff than previous Idol seasons, so they have every reason to hope to either work with these guys or network through them to other possibilities. Maybe still not realistic to expect any results, but this year’s AI contestants automatically have a rolodex that previous AI alums have not.

  • koshka

    fuzzywuzzy says:
    05/06/2011 at 6:43 pm
    Now that I’ve read the full transcript of Jacob’s interview, he does give me the impression that he has an overly optimistic opinion of his own abilities and prospects.

    Kind of reminds me of last year when the contestants were talking about the album they would put out after tour was over.

  • koshka

    this year’s AI contestants automatically have a rolodex that previous AI alums have not.

    Personally I don’t think their rolodex is any more stuffed than previous contestants. Well, maybe a tiny bit since they work one on one with the producers. Although if you think about it, the previous seasons had to work with a producer too for their studio versions. Just because we don’t recognize them, doesn’t mean that they are a nobody in their field. But really are these (or seasons past) guys going to be able to pick up a phone and take these guys to lunch? Hard to say. It’ll be interesting to see how/who puts out music at the end of tour.