‘American Idol’: Rocker James Durbin eliminated in a shocker
By admin - Fri May 13, 8:52 am
OK, so what happened?
Close to 72 million votes were cast Wednesday and Durbin, 22, from Santa Cruz, was eliminated right before the Top 3 “Hometown Hero” visits where the remaining three contestants are ferried to their hometowns on private jets to be feted with parades, cheerleaders, Minor League first pitches, etc.
For Durbin, who not only represented rockers everywhere and a devoted audience who sang his praises for opening up about having Tourette’s syndrome and high-level autism, it was bittersweet to leave the show at this serious juncture.
Irony? Perhaps. “Idol” fans need only think back to Season 5 when rocker contestant Chris Daughtry was eliminated at this same No. 4 spot.
Durbin’s songs from Wednesday – Journey’s classic “Don’t Stop Believin’” and a brilliant version of the Clovers’ “Love Potion No. 9″ – should have kept him in the contest. Download both!
Instead, the country teen crooners, Lauren Alaina and Scotty McCreery, who I predicted would split that genre’s vote this week, survive as does Haley Reinhart. Maybe talking back gets you votes.
One thing’s for sure: Durbin conjures up memories of both Daughtry and certqinly Season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert – maybe even better.
Leaving the show, Durbin sang the poignant McCartney anthem “Maybe I’m Amazed.”
Amazing, James Durbin.
Parting thoughts from him?
“Man, I worked so damn hard to get here. I was so hoping to get there. But I had a feeling today,” he said. “I did so much stuff that has never been done before. In my mind, I did what I had to do. Give metal a chance.”
Host Ryan Seacrest summed it up best: “That’s why we do this show.”
I’ll chat with Durbin tomorrow. Check back to sacbee.com for the interview.