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'American Idol:' Jacob Lusk Voted Off

Only four competitors remain after Thursday night's episode, which featured performances by "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez and Lady Antebellum.

Jacob Lusk American Idol
Jacob Lusk


On Thursday night's American Idol, gospel and R&B singer Jacob Lusk was eliminated from the competition, which is now down to its top four contestants.

Lusk was eliminated following his performances of Nazareth's "Love Hurts" and Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's "No Air" during Wednesday night's Idol.

After facing early fan (and Steven Tyler) favorite Lauren Alaina in the bottom two, Lusk gave his final performance of Luther Vandross' "A House Is Not a Home" -- a signature song of sorts for the dramatic, soulful singer. Lusk showed the crowd what they're soon to be missing with joyful rendition full of vocal improvisation.

Lusk was calm and collected during his elimination, seeming at peace with the decision and sure of his next move. He told the Idol audience that he's so "ready to put out good-feeling R&B music" that "reminds you of Luther, reminds you of all those old R&B singers."

In addition to Jacob's illumination, this week's Idol saw performances from judge Jennifer Lopez and Grammy darlings Lady Antebellum. The country trio debuted its new single, the breezy, summery "Just a Kiss," on the Idol stage.

Complete with pyrotechnics, a full set and a slew of shirtless backup dancers, Lopez's Idol performance was far more of a production than Lady Antebellum's. "On the Floor" collaborator Pitbull started off the track before kicking it over to an on-the-move J.Lo.

The remaining contestants vying for the title of the American Idol are Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and James Durbin.