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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why is everybody so shocked at every elimination? somebody has to go. and it is not the end, but the beginning, even at times for some people who came nowhere near first place. lovin this series of idol, such inspiring moments and judges, well done :)