American Idol season 10 alum, Jacob Lusk, defends the singing competition against charges of racism in an interview with RumorFix:
“I think me being an African-American male and being on Idol, I think I’m a pretty safe gage as to whether American Idol is racist and I can undoubtedly say they’re not,” Lusk says in an interview.
“I just think that is just so happens that those particular individuals were the ones that lied and got caught. And they tell you, don’t lie to us, we’re going to find out. I mean you have a record, you have a warrant and you get on television, somebody’s gonna tell somebody; somebody’s gonna find out,” the singer continues.
Lusk, who had his share of legal issues before trying out for the show, says he was honest from the beginning with producers and that’s what saved him in the end. “I don’t think lying ever gets anyone anywhere. I’m the perfect example. When I first auditioned for Idol I had warrants and unpaid tickets and all that stuff and I was honest, I worked it out and we got it cleared … They supported me through it because I was honest about it.”
Nigel Lythgoe made that point when the show booted Jermaine Jones last season–that if he had been honest, they could have helped him work out his issues. The producers are manipulative for sure, but I have never sensed that they pick on hopefuls based on race. I’ll be surprised if the lawyer running the case is successful.
Jacob was picked up on an outstanding warrant the day after he received his golden ticket to go to Hollywood. He was able to work out something with the judge so he could continue with the competition. The producers did not hold it against him.