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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:

Jacob Lusk - Dance With My Father (American Idol)
 
Jacob Lusk - Dance With My Father (American Idol)