Jacob Lusk: Sabotaged By American Idol Producers?

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Let the conspiracy theories begin.

Having drawn comparisons to Luther Vandross all season long, Jacob Lusk tackled the singer's "Dance With My Father" on American Idol Wednesday night.

It seemed like this was a great opportunity for the Idol hopeful to really shine, but Jacob had trouble from the very first notes. The reason for that? Well ...

When Ryan Seacrest asked why he was so emotional at the onset, Jacob said it wasn’t his emotions - there were mysterious drumming noises in his earpiece!

The mixup certainly didn't help an already fringe candidate. What do you think? Could it have been intentional? Take a look below and see what you think:

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]