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James Durbin Is 'Emotionally Perfect' Singing 'Without You' on 'American Idol' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted May 4th 2011 11:57PM
James Durbin, 'American Idol'In the video package before his performance, James Durbin had an emotional break when listening to the lyrics of Harry Nilsson/Badfinger's 'Without You.' He channeled that heartache from missing his family into his subsequent performance on 'American Idol' (Wed., 8PM ET on FOX).

Starting with an almost haunting lower tone, Durbin worked his way up to his usual stratospheric register, and when the song broke, so did his hold on his emotions. What was left on the stage was a heartfelt moment for the rocker that touched the live audience as well.

"Fighting back through the emotions for you to give a vocal like you gave," Randy Jackson said "No, it wasn't perfect. But it was emotionally perfect."

'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

Jennifer Lopez said he was so much more than a rocker or just a guy who can hit those crazy high notes. "That's not who you are," she said. "You have the heart and soul to back it up."

Were you as moved as James by his performance?

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Valerie

James was good but his EGO made him fall..When he told Jimmy he didnt care what he said he was singing what he wanted to sing..That hurt him badly..I knew Scotty was gonna win from the start and he did...It was gonna be Scotty or Lauren from the get -go..,But i will say..when they let Pia go so fast they lost me as a viewer.I will NO longer get caught up in this crap.. BYE AMERICAN IDOL..

July 04 2011 at 2:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rpinad

I quit watching American Idol when James was voted off...it should be called American Idiots!!!

May 19 2011 at 1:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sabrena

james is awesome hes the best and all of u making fun of him ur all just losers because hes the best singer ever and he should not have been kicked off haley should have been and hes going 2 get a record deal and every one who thinks hes no good ur all crazy because hes the best and my fav singer ever :P

May 18 2011 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
davidjleahy

James should get a emmy for acting..what a fraud He cries because being on the show keeps him from seeing
his parents bu they are seated in the front row all the time. A shovel going across a side walk sounds better,
One has to love his blanket hanging from his belt. His singing is akin to a girl screaming during sex The
judges should be sued for praising and complementing most of these losers Scotty wil win as soon as he
quits making love to the "Mic"...No one can explain why J.opez gets 12 Million dollars for playing kissy-kissy
to the faux singers At least Simon Cowell (like him or hate him) he was helpful and really tried to advise
Judgres should be helpful and criticise not keep saying how wonderfufl the loser is

May 09 2011 at 3:00 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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pam olson

Youre TUPID

May 09 2011 at 9:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
karink57

James Durbin is bringing back good old fashion Rock and Roll in this dismal music era! Stop hating

May 06 2011 at 3:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dfilson1004

That performance would not have won a local karaoke contest. Why do these judges patronize and mislead with their false praise? Just a small example of the mediocrity that has become rampant in the music biz.

May 05 2011 at 7:50 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
twbut

Ladies and Gentlemen: American Idol is a contest to determine the best vocal talent in America for 2011.
It is a means of evaluating singer's vocal ability. People should vote to decide who has the best voice, not the cutest face, or who can dance the best,or who has the sadest background,or who can woo the judges (remember the kiss) , or not a sympathy seeker or who wears the best clothes . People, this year, should not base their vote on anything the judges say, because these judges are a farce!!!
Conclusion --- the real glue that held Idol together and made it a respected talent show is gone ------- Simon Cowell .
( I would love to hear his evaluation of Jacob Lusk )

May 05 2011 at 7:02 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Chaz

James is my favorite big fat crybaby of all time !!! He pushes those tears out like a constipated mule.... HA !!!

May 05 2011 at 6:19 PM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply
BG

James will win the whole thing. He is sensitive, sincere and a great vocalist. Go James!!

May 05 2011 at 5:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Rich

If Durbin wins a little money maybe he can get his teeth fixed.....but his ugliness is beyond repair....poor thang

May 05 2011 at 4:31 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
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pam olson

You Ugly

May 09 2011 at 9:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
meatnmen

WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE SO RUDE IF U DON'T LIKE THE GUY FINE BUT TO SAY NEG STUFF ABOUT HIS LOOKS AND TEETH GROW UP

May 11 2011 at 11:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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