James Durbin: The Best of the Night?

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The top 12 men got the semifinal round of American Idol off the a VERY strong start last night. Diverse and talented, the group made it a pleasure to live blog the 90 minute show.

While we'd accept arguments on behalf of Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk or Paul McDonald as best of the night, our vote goes to James Durbin. A rocker whose confidence, range and overall personal is reminiscent of Adam Lambert, Durbin was nothing if not original.

He actually performed the first-ever Judas Priest single on the show, belting out a version of "You've Got Another Thing Comin'." Are we looking at the next American Idol? Or at least an early favorite? Watch and decide for yourself:

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james is the biggest tool ive ever seen!... all he does is cry like a big girl!.. ive had a bad life too get over it dude!!! such a tool! please go home!!

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JAMES DURBIN IS THE BEST ONE ON AMERICAN IDOL IS IS THE BEST EVERY WEEK THIS GUY DOES NO HOW TO PUT ON A SHOW THE REST ARE BORING

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Sandi:
Copying Lambert is he? Idol has never had true talent like this before(including Lambert). Don't take my word for it. Go watch him on youtube doing While My Guitar Gently Weeps, or Rainbow In The Dark. Then try to find as good a performance by A.L. You won't succeed. Sorry. This kid is the real deal. He isn't going anywhere, so get used to it.

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James Durbin is definately my pick. He is a natural and puts the rest to shame. My very least favorite is Jacob Lusk. I mean what is the deal with that guy, (Jennifer says he's like Luther VandRoss) please..... Luther was great, this guy I am sorry to say just really trys to hard and he really has no stage presence

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james all the way...he is sexy and has a great voice,so to all them haters out there get a life.he aint trying to act like adam lambert....even though he reminds me of him,there nothing alike!!!james will be the next great american idol YAHOO!!!

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I'v seen James perform many times in Santa Cruz over the last five or so years. He's always sang the same, before anyone ever knew who Adam Lambert was, including James himself. It's just an unfortunate coincidence that Adam happened to come before James on American Idol (or perhaps he paved the way, as James himself put it), but James is NOT just trying to copy Adam, as some suggest. Anyone who suggests otherwise is ignorant and obviously knows nothing about James Durbin.

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Copying Lambert?? Come on! When James Durbin makes an album he's not going to make an electro-trash record like Lambert.

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sandi, you didnt even watch this vid did you?! i dont see how you think or anyone thinks he is trying to copy adam, i never saw adam sing a jp song, EVER!! james did a great job with this song.

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James needs to find his own style and quit trying to copy Adam Lambert. I don't like how he has tried to copy Adam's style and everything else since he has been on Idol. He is not nearly as
good of a singer as Adam, and his personality sucks. He is just plain annoying!

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love love love love love this guy. Brilliant singer and performer but also have to say I love his back story cuz after all, thats what this is about. Finding the diamond in the rough, desperate, struggling, clinging to hope, and through this show and the contestants trials and work, elevating them to star power. You go James-- we are begind you ALL the way. Oh and have to say Im glad to see Stefano in it also. He has a beautiful voice, his last performance was incredible, wow what a talent and a gift.

American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]
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