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Last night on American Idol, James Durbin covered Muse, conjuring up images of Adam Lambert a few seasons ago. Durbin’s song choice: “Uprising.”

“I haven’t gotten to show that I can be contemporary,” he said, hoping to escape the metal/hard rock label. Suffice it to say, it worked and then some.

He’s sounded better in the past. But he probably hasn’t looked better.

The drums, the spinning cameras, the flashing lights and, of course, James’ natural feel for performing sent the crowd and judges into hysterics.

After praising his cover of the Matthew Bellamy-led band, Steven made a crack about Durbin’s wardrobe, telling James to stay out of his closet.

You are probably looking at the man to beat on American Idol

James Durbin - Uprising (American Idol)

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