James Durbin: Shocked by American Idol Elimination

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James Durbin has to be honest: he didn't see his elimination coming on Thursday night.

The aspiring rocker tells MTV he "definitely" was surprised by the development, and has spent the time since remember why he originally auditioned.

"It's for my family and to try and give a voice to a genre of music that seems like it's slowly fading away," Durbin says. "I really accomplished a lot on the show, and I'm grateful for the opportunity."

Farewell, James Durbin

We all saw James fight back tears after learning of his fate, but he's now accepted it. And is excited about all the future has in store.

"I haven't failed at all," he said. "This is just the beginning.


I think Idol needs to limit the number of votes on number can send or we just end up with teeney boppers on the show and running the show. Not that they don't have talent they do but it seems like the real stars always go home early and leave us with a boring finale! Hope the X factor has a better handle on the voting. James was what made the show worth watching!!


For the first time in years I did not watch American Idol. The show is not the same without James. The other contestants are extremely good, however the difference is that I would buy a ticket to see James. It is a shame that the person that should have won didn't. I hope to see more of James in the future. I wish there was a way to avoid losing the best talent too early in these shows.


The show is not the same without James! Last night was boring. Tonight is more of the same. It's said that the artist that were willing to stand up to the handlers are gone. I am so sad that James was voted off. Yes country western has a huge voting block, tween's are going crazy for Scotty, Unfortunately, people think Haley has a tude and Lauren does have a Carrie Underwood feel, while all are ok, the show that I'd like to see, the concert that I want to pay money for is the one where James is the star! James, go and kick some butt! I hope that you are now free to do what you want, Its time to show your creativity. It will be exciting to see your further growth! Go James! Looking forward to your first CD!


I can't believe this happened again. I said I was going to stop watching Idol when Daughtry was sent home, and now James!! What the heck. I think Idol needs to take a look at the rules and make some serious changes. The best ones ever are going home. I don't get it! Jame's..America loves you.


James was clearly the best. To me with the health problems he has should give anyone the courage to believe in yourself despite you're problems.


James is the one that I had chosen to 'take it all'! I have to admit that I have never really watched AI before this season and was well in love with Scotty and his country music. James made me see that he is such a huge talent. He can sing anything and sing it very well. The fact that he has a couple of illnesses is totally secondary or less to his great talent. If he can change the mind of an old country music fan like me, than I think that he can change many, many fans. You will go a long way James. Best of luck to you!


james keeping going your are the great .I looked forward to you singing every wed. and thurs. you will be my american idol. i hope you put out cds soon. i have vote for you from the beginning. you are a star in my book.


It has taken me awhile to send this because I to am shocked. I'm 64years young and have watched from he beginning.James Durbin has been a class act all the way,showing more stage presence than anyone I can remember. I know heavy metal is not so popular. But this is a talent show One should be voted by their talent.He will be great for a long time to come. My one disappointment was Steven Tyler did not jump up on the stage and rock it out with him. that would have been the greatest moment ever on American Idol!


James did an awsome job singing from start to finish, and he shouldve finished as americans idol, i will be looking for all of his cds and will purchase every one of them..Good luck James, your an Idol in my books!


I wanted James to win so bad. I have picked him from the begining. I am so sad now. I know he will be big though. He should not have been the one to go. I will be watching for your cds. I hope it doesn't take long. James, you and your family should be very proud of you. You did an amazing job on American Idol.

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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]