Jacob Lusk was eliminated from American Idol tonight, landing the strong-voiced singer in fifth place. Despite having Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler repeatedly say it was an “honor” to be in Jacob’s presence, the result was predicted by our own Noah Duman. Lusk struggled singing both voices in the Jordin Sparks-Chris Brown duet of “No Air”, which led to a heated debate between him and Randy Jackson about what kind of singer he should be. Lusk wanted to be more mainstream, but Jackson felt he was more effective as a Luther Vandross-type. Jackson was probably right.

Lusk redeemed himself somewhat with a stirring rendition of “Love Hurts”, but on a night when all of the contestants had exceptionally strong performances, it was just too late in the game for there to be uncertainty on exactly the type of singer Lusk should be. Surprisingly, Lauren Alaina was in the bottom two, even though she has consistently improved each week and her rendition of a Carrie Underwood song was one of the best of the night.

Who will go next?