American Idol’s Jacob Lusk Arrested in L.A. – Mug Shot

This is the story about how American Idol power singer Jacob Lusk was almost NOT a contestant on the popular show.

It seems that back in November, the day after Jacob received his golden ticket to Hollywood, he was arrested in Los Angeles for not paying for a subway ticket.

Lusk, 24, was arrested back in April 2009 for the offense and decided to blow off his court appearance hoping the problem would just go away. It didn’t.

Last November after auditioning for American Idol, Lusk was pulled over in L.A. for a routine traffic stop and the cop saw he had an outstanding warrant for not showing up in court back in 2009 and was arrested.

After spending the night in jail, Lusk appeared before a judge and pleaded guilty to “failure to appear” and was sentenced to three days in Jail and two years of supervised probation.

The problem? American Idol does not allow contestants to compete if they are on probation.

So after serving his three days in jail, Lusk made an appointment with the Judge and explained his situation and begged his honor to terminate the probation so he could compete on Idol.

Thankfully, the Judge agreed and terminated Jacob’s probation allowing him to compete on season 10.

Lusk also tells a story about being in jail and explaining to the other inmates about his Idol journey and they all wanted to hear him sing. So Lusk belted out a song that was heard by over 150 inmates – and the guards.

Lusk is one of the favorites this season and has gained a strong fan following. One of his largest followings? The gay community.

While Jacob has not openly admitted to being gay, several individuals who know the singer say he is very much gay – and okay with it. Just watching him move on stage you can see how someone might form that opinion. But his fans love him.

One fan commented,

“Jacob Lusk is gayer than Elton John and Clay Aiken put together. He's almost as gay as Ryan Seacrest”

Not that there is anything wrong with that…

Lusk has commented on the show that he has been through some very very hard times in his life, but with a voice like that we suspect greener pastures are in his future. You don’t have to be the first place winner to score big on Idol. Just ask Pia Toscano.

Pia scored a record contract with Jimmy Iovine and Interscope records just 48 hours after being voted off last week.

Related: Pia Toscano Signs Fast Record Deal

But in case people are questioning if Jacob should even still be in the competition… we submit to you this:

Watch Jacob Lusk sing Michael Jackson’s Man in the Mirror

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