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James Durbin urged American Idol viewers to give heavy metal a chance last night. After this energetic performance, it’s safe to say a bunch of them will.

After doing a little Sammy Hagar for Jimmy Iovine and getting mixed reviews, he took his case straight to America. His message: “Give metal a chance!”

When he walked onstage with Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society and did his thing with Ozzy Osbourne, two things were crystal clear from the start:

  1. This wasn’t your typical performance and some people won’t love it.
  2. Wow. That was actually pretty awesome, probably the night’s best.

Zakk and the judges agreed. Do you? Watch James Durbin and see:

James Durbin - Heavy Metal (American Idol)

Was it the best of the night? If not, who was? Vote after the jump: