Jacob’s second song was Nazareth’s “Love Hurts” featuring a harp. There is not enough harp music on the pop charts. Jimmy Iovine picked a gem for Jacob, because Jacob’s performance was, by far, without a doubt, the best song of the night and I will have words with any man who says that wasn’t one of the more amazing performances …ever! High notes, low notes, runs, loud, soft …everything. Randy said he might’ve hit the highest note ever heard on Idol’s stage …it was crazy. But as good as Jacob is, he can’t win.
Can we talk about this? Jacob Lusk cannot be Usher, or Taio Cruz, or Neyo, or Bruno Mars. Everyone keeps comparing him to Luther Vandross and Jacob seemed to think that Luther was also a pop arist …and he was …in the 1980s. It worked in the 1980s. Artists like Luther Vandross, Lionel Richie, and Anita Baker were able to chart because Top 40 radio still played actual top-40 songs regardless of genre. Seriously …somewhere online, on the weekends, there’s a station that plays old Top-40 countdowns as hosted by Rick Dees and you can hear top-40 countdowns that feature Richard Marx, Gloria Estefan, New Kids on the Block, Poison, and Bel Biv Devoe back to back to back. And, there were stations back then that played all those artists. Stations don’t have playlists like that any more. Lusk could be a great R&B artist, and possibly a Gospel crossover, but he’s never going to be in any station’s Hot 5 at 5 sandwiched between Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, and Train.