"This was a tough one for you because you did step out of your comfort zone," he said.
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"I got to share a little bit with America, and I think America's fallen in love with me," said Lusk after his elimination. "Now I can go and put out that good-feeling R&B music that reminds you of Luther (Vandross) or those great old singers."
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