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.

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No one "Sent" James home, he just didn't get as many votes as the other 3. The other 3 are very talented as well. Good luck Idols!

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I watch the show on Sundays in South Africa so have just been absolutely HORRIFIED by the fact that James was voted off when he was CLEARLY the winner! I'm so so sorry, but will definitely be purchasing your first CD James! You are incredible!

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i have been watching from australia loved james from the begining i really thought james would win he is by far the best in the competition i will follow your career james because i know it will be an awsome one and a long one no one will forget you good luck for your family and your future god bless your a very special person

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well..he was eliminated. by i'm sure his album is coming soon.
like he said "this is just a beginning"

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there is a lot of talent at this years american idol, however, to send james home is a big mistake, his voice is beautiful and he should, at the very least, be in the final.

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JAMES DURBIN, you are the true image of American Idol. WE LOVE YOU!

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James, youre the best among the rest... just believe in youself what you can do because you have shown it all and I believe in your talent you have it and you deserve to win...youre my idol...

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I've been voting for you every week. You're so talented. I was disappointed because I thought you deserved the top spot. I hope you are able to keep your genre alive because I miss it. You're such a performer too. Good Luck.

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James is AWSOME! Best of Luck and I would love to see him in concert.

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You're going a long way James, you have nothing to be ashamed of. You are a great performed, you have a great voice. take it as far as you can. you're definately going places. Best of luck to you.......

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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