12:45 PM EDT 03/19/2015
Originally posted 05/06/2011 06:15PM
After an emotionally draining experience on American Idol in which he would be judged as pitchy one week and then on par with Luther Vandross the next, Jacob Lusk exited the competition this week after tough performances of "No Air" and "Love Hurts."
Still, an upbeat Lusk, the 23-year-old church singer and spa concierge from Compton, Calif., talked to reporters about the ouster and what's next.
Having been in the bottom three before, did you think your time was up?
I had expected it not because of my bottom three finishes but because of the judges' feedback and my performances this past week. I feel that I was the only one who wasn't in his element this week. Everyone else was in their element and I did songs that weren't in my genre that weren't really my thing. ... This wasn't the time to do that, and I feel that's why I was voted off, not because I was horrible or they didn't like me or they liked somebody else better. Those four people that are there were amazing.
Originally posted 04/28/2011 02:00PM
After a night dedicated to the music of singer-songwriter Carole King, the top six contestants remaining on American Idol spoke to reporters about the pressing issues of the night.
Who's that guy? And how was Miley Cyrus?
Did Lauren Alaina know Brett, the boy she pulled up on stage to sit next to her during her rendition of "Where You Lead"? "I wanted a cute guy up there and he's an intern for American Idol," Alaina said, "They said if he looked like he enjoyed it, he can't get fired because he's not getting paid, so it just worked out. I don't even really know him!"
As for meeting her idol Miley Cyrus (producer Jimmy Iovine more-than favorably compared her to the superstar when she sang "The Climb"), Alaina said, "I love her! She's got a lot of the same, what do you call it, sense of humor? We have the same sense of humor."
Top 5 Most Voted Stories
Steve Harvey: I Was Homeless for Three Years
Jessica Simpson Shows Off 60-Lb. Weight Loss
Ohio State Marching Band Moonwalks in Michael Jackson Tribute
The Duggars Respond to Reports That Josh Duggar Was Accused of Child Molestation
Woman Runs London Marathon Without a Tampon, Bleeds Freely to Raise Awareness
Top 10 News Categories
The most buzzed about stars this minute!
Treat Yourself! 4 Preview Issues
More On PEOPLE.com
Got a News Tip?
Send it to our People.com editors!