James Durbin Responds to Adam Lambert Criticism

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Early in his American Idol run, James Durbin resented comparisons to Adam Lambert.

Now, the just-ousted finalist resents comments recently made by the former runner-up. In an interview with month with The Hollywood Reporter, Lambert said of Durbin:

"I think he's got talent and passion 100 percent, but I feel like he's trying way too hard. Also, his niche is so limited with the metal... I didn’t feel like I was seeing an original artist. And I'm not saying he doesn't have that in him, but it hasn’t been showing."

James Durbin on Stage

In response, Durbin said to MTV: "I was nothing more than nice to that guy and, you know, he decided to take it to a different level. So, whatever."

Watch his interview below and sound off: Was Adam out of line?


I don't think Adam has more "old" fans than young ones. I just know one thing, he makes me want to be alot younger. Guess you could call him my "fantasy boy toy". I grew up listening to the Beatles (one my favorites and still are)the Stones, Zeppelin, Joplin and so on and so on. No performaner has grabbed my attention like Adam Lambert has since those days. I still listen to my classic rock by the way. I may very well be one of his "older" (notice I didn't say old) fans but he had me the first time I saw him on Idol and still has me. He has nowhere to go but UP!


adam spoke his mind thats all, so why go out and hate on him so much. Plus have you heard his music.... its all about love. The world would be a better place with less hate and more love. Adam is not only a rocker, he is versatile and sings other types of music too and i dont see a difference in the fact that he is gay. SO? he is being himself and speaks his mind freely, he is not tied down by what others say and think about him so just give up... any other glambert would agree with me


Adam is the best! Hands down!


whatever, i still think David Cook is the Best AI there is... David Cook was the original creative genius of aranging songs in AI..


Adam is trying too hard to be someone he's not. James on the other hand, is trying to make his dream come true by being who he is.


Except for a small number of fanatical older women fans, Lambert is not that popular. He is the one trying so hard to be a David Bowie or whatever. It is not going to happen. He can take that over the top makeup and entertain at a club in West Hollywood. That is where he belongs. In Hollywood there are a lot of talented singers trying to get a break. Lambert got that break and then blew it with that strange look and crazy act he developed.. He is going no where and he knows it. He use to put down being on Broadway, well he would be lucky to get a place in a Broadway show now.


I seriously do not understand why James and his fans are so bent out of shape because of Adam's comments. His critique is basically positive with just a few recommendations offered to enhance his performance. James has a good voice but many of his performances were not perfect as the judges lead him to believe. Now he cannot accept an honest opinion that does not reinforce their misguided ideals. Consequently he is taqking Adam's comments as a personal attack. If someone with 10 years of vocal training offered me a critique, I sure as hell would take it to heart and not take it personally. I agree with everyone who says needs to toughen up..he will be subjected to both positive and negative comments in the industry and he will crumbled if he doesn't learn how to accept it all.


gahhh i hate this fan war!!!! ugh. its so hard for those of us who are BOTH GLAMBERTS AND DURBINATORS!!! why cant people stop comparing them, and be fans of both. they are DIFFERENT. i love adam with everything, and i think james is so amazing, and cannot wait for his album, but this just makes it worse. WE DON'T WANT TO SIDE. this is the kind of stuff that makes music stressful, the OPPOSITE of what it should be. i just want to add that NO MATTER WHAT JAMES OR ADAM SAYS ABOUT ONE ANOTHER, I WILL FOREVER REMAIN FANS OF BOTH!!!! everyone should just calm down and let them make their music..... sincerely, glambert&durbinator!


Glamberts & Durbinators? And Adam has to watch his words not to piss them off? It's the funniest/saddest thing I ever heard. Both Justin and Adam must be SO proud to have these fans. LOL


I like both Adam and James. They were both my favorites in their seasons of American Idol. They also both have very powerful voices and are good performers!

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