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American Idol: Did James Durbin Deserve To Go Home?

May 13, 2011 05:13 AM by Christine McDow

The most exciting part about last night’s American Idol results show is that Lady Gaga performed.  That was definitely the highlight.  Fans were shocked when Ryan Seacrest announced that James Durbin would NOT be making it into the final three on American Idol.  Do you think James Durbin deserved to leave the American Idol stage last night?

In all these weeks of American Idol I have not heard anyone say anything negative about James Durbin.  There has been a lot of negative talk however about other contestants, Haley Reinhart for one, who it seems all the vocal fans think should have gone home weeks ago.  Yet, as far as we know, America voted that James Durbin would go home and both girls would stay in the competition along with Scotty McCreery.

Read more about James Durbin’s shocking elimination!

This brings up the “conspiracy theory” again that so many were yelling about with Pia Toscano was sent home.  Thousands of fans were mad because they thought she should have still been in the competition.  People are already questioning the voting process.  The elimination of James Durbin is sure to set the  web afire again about voting being rigged.

What do you think?  Is the American Idol voting system rigged?  Is it fair or unfair?  Or was it simply James Durbin’s time to go home?

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58 Responses to “American Idol: Did James Durbin Deserve To Go Home?”

  1. Ysel Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:12 am

    It had to be rigged. James did solid performance every week. He is never even in the bottom 3. Then all of the sudden he got voted off? In most website poll surveys he is even leading.

  2. Voter American Idol Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:22 am

    I cannot believe that James Durbin didnt have enough votes to bring him into the final three. Out of the 4 left, Haley was definitely the one to go. If they didn’t use their save on Casey, they could have used their save on James. Someone who got rave reviews from the judges week after week and was never in jeopardy, makes it obvious that something was wrong somewhere. I will never watch this show again, nor will my husband. It is now too obvious that this is a fixed voting show. How could James, who could handle every type of song,be voted off you ask? Cheating is afoot!!!!! I used to look forward to this show every week and now I would rather watch water boil than watch American Idol. What a shame, and shame on you. You ruined a number 1 show. Boy, if I was going to cheat, I would have been more careful. The girls were simply not as good as James. James should have been in the final. Jennifer Lopez said week after week that James was the top performer. Randy said James was his to lose and based on his performances which I thought were phenomenal you voted in Haley who screamed her way to this week.Again, I reiterate that we and our friends who watch this show with us every week, will never watch it again. I hope that this outpouring of viewers will allow you to reconsider James.

  3. Mystkist Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:27 am

    James Durbin should not have gone home, this year shows me the same thing as the past few years, someone or group of someones have figured out how to cheat the voting system. Jacob Lusk should have gone home LONG before he did and yet, week after week he stuck around as people far more talented than him were voted off, and now to vote off the MOST talented guy in the bunch when he has NEVER ONCE been in the bottom 2??? Something is up with that. Also, the season that Adam Lambert was voted off… again the most talented person was voted off. Since Idol cannot figure out how to stop the unfairness and cheating (I have heard MANY stories about people trying to vote but not getting through to vote for their idol… interesting.) I refuse to watch American Idol anymore. I have been a faithful watcher for years… but this was the last straw for me. I think this show will lose most of its watchers and fall on its face. American Idol will be NO MORE>

  4. judy Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Something is wrong, come on it is common sense. The voting was not right. Somthing is rigged. James was always consistently exciting and great. I always looked forward to seeing him. While the others were talented they could not hold a candle to James. He always surprised and the excitement level was always there. I am sad as are all his fans. I will really miss the excitement of James.
    James will go far regardless but I am sad his hometown did not get a chance to honor him but hopefully they will do it anyway on their own. If they do, I will be there to see the greatest performer ever on idol. We all love you James.

  5. Lisa Princ Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:43 am

    Actually, they could not have used their save on him as I believe it was only useable until the top 5. James did NOT deserve to go home, he outperformed and outsang BOTH of those girls week after week. So disappointed!

  6. Hilda Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 6:50 am

    Thank you voters for freeing up 2 nights a week for my family. Thank God for Hockey playoffs.

  7. Nancy White Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:10 am

    I was totally blown away by this result. But then I was amazed when Pia and Casey were eliminated before these “lesser talented” singers as well. It must me some kind of a rigged system or else America has totally lost it’s ability to judge musical talent.

  8. Ann Demit Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:16 am

    This shocking vote left me feeling like I had lost the competition myself. Looking forward to the show week to week kept my spirits up but now I feel so empty. James was the highlight of the show. I will not even turn the show on now. I don’t ever want to watch it again. I just hope James keeps on believing because someone is going to grab him and put him on his way to stardom. I will watch him and what is happening with him from this day forward because he is great!

  9. Christine McDow Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:28 am

    Where is the “Like” button when we need one. :)

  10. sandy Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:37 am

    I agree with all of the above. I have no desire to watch next week or even the finale.
    Watch what….boring Scotty sing another ballad….
    The voting process will never change…Judges are horrible this year….At least Simon was honest even though he was cruel at times.
    What a shame with James!! I sure hope the ratings go down….

  11. Dian shoaf Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Hate that James went home way to good for going home . He has a great sound and I will hope to buy his music very soon . Love u James . U rock!!!

  12. Jenny Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Shut it Christine.

  13. Clo Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:44 am

    Something is definitely wrong. I feel like boycotting American Idol. James has been consistent. How the heck those two girls could stay and he leave. The voting is rigged!!!! I just wish him the best and I pray that he is picked up by a recording agency cause he is great. He is extremely talented and has never disappointed.

    I am very disappointed in the outcome!!!

  14. PJ Cross Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:23 am

    I don’t like the voting system either but I don’t believe there is any conspiracy theory. Ultimately American tends to get it right. James was a good performer but his voice was inconsistent and couldn’t compare with Adam Lambert. Pia was a good singer but nowhere near the pipes of the kind of singers she choose to copy (Celine, Barbra) and ultimately was boring without much stage presence. By the time their albums come out, I think the sales will reflect that neither really had that star quality. I’m not even a country music fan, but I think it is very clear that 17 year old Scotty is the only one with that “X factor” that Simon is always looking for – he will go far. But in closing, I have to say that after watching The Voice, it is a far superior show where the contestants are treated with respect. American Idol may be pulling in the ratings but it is no longer “must see TV.”

  15. Dolly Veneman Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:32 am

    I so agree with all the above. Good thing this show isn’t called ‘America’s Got Talent’ because this show lets the fickle voting public pick the winners and throws out the contestants with real talent. Can anyone believe A I lets the teenagers in the country choose the ‘cutesy’ instead of the talented performers. Why have judges when you allow the clueless public to choose the winners.
    You can tell by the outrage that you have made a terrible mistake. James is clearly the most talented singer of the four. Haley was runner up, going strictly on talent level, and the last two its a toss up. Both need seasoning and experience and just time. They are too young to even be on this show in my opinion. James is ready for a career – the two youngest are not.
    I, too, believe this show is rigged. That seems to be patently obviously when this kind of thing happens. I’m done with it. This is the first time I have followed the show and I am saddened by this unjust voting system that lets a talented singer go and keeps mediocrity. I won’t watch this idiocy again. Too disheartening.

  16. ARK Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    The American Idol Show is definitely rigged. Sent home the best of talents to soon. And James Durbin one of the most Outstanding Singers and true to his craft of hard rock and he displayed that he can sing other songs that aren’t hard rock. He is just plain good. Maybe the American Idol show needs to look at malfunctions on incoming votes or get the Judges to fight for who they KNOW are the most talented. A>I. NEEDS TO FIX THE VOTING SYSTEM.For example what has Kris Allen done lately?????? A winner from last season. He was just Okay!! This is seriously WRONG. Hailey, little screamer, should have been gone!! Even Chris Daughtry, S-5, should not have been eliminated. But he fooled all you guys. He is great!!

  17. sadie holly Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I was not surprised when Pia was voted out, I wwas not surprised when James was voted out. If you want someone to stay in the competition you have to vote for them. I did not vote for anyone, so I bow to the power of those who did.

    The show promoted and complemented both Pia and James, often when they did not deserve it. If anything, do not believe the judges, they pretty much love everything, except Haley, heh. The show is manipulative and pushes agendas on other shows, but it really seemed they wanted Pia and James in the finals. So, all this anger aimed at the show is targeting the right of America to vote for who they want.

    Hey, I don’t always like the way the US votes for politicians, but I don’t go running around asking judges to decide elections. I hope people don’t play into the hands of the judges and allow them to decide who goes home. The whole difference is that we get to vote and select if we want to.

    Yes the show evokes strong emotions, but we have to keep them in perspective. Not everyone is going to love the same idol you are, that does not make them evil, just different. On my TV, James came through off key all the time, and it annoyed me no end especially when the judges told him how wonderful he was. When does being on key not be important any more – oh wait, it in this generation of auto tune.

    Pia sang on key but was like a statue, she was immobile and, in a sense, unreachable, not connection to the TV audience. Without a connection, people will not vote for you.

  18. ashley Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    i dont think james should have went home i dont think haley should either i think lauren should have went home she can sing but she always looses her breath james and haley can song perform and are artists that is what makes an american idol not just being able to sing …. i think that the producers have something to do with who goes home when look at chris and jennifer and look at where they are now.

  19. Michele Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:19 am

    So–James was never in the bottom three, but Haley was several times and then James gets voted off??? Are you kidding me? To say AI voting is rigged is an understatement. I will never watch the show again. Durbin fans should demand a recount! I’m utterly disgusted!

  20. patty Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:22 am

    James Durbin – You’re a winner. Never quite knew what you were going to do. Waiting for your first preformance. You’re not done.

  21. David Nano Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:26 am

    Yes he deserved to go home. he sold out to the judges…..Randy and Jenifer suck as advisors…..If James would have stuck to the hard rock and metal he could have made it to the end, he went to melow suttle music. Haley and Lauren are still in it because they didn’t let the judges get to them. Lauren held back until she felt she was ready to go with the high notes, Haley didnt let the you dont know who you are bit make her switch to a one dimentional singer in a box. Haley is by far the most controlled singer of the 3 left shes Risky, pushes the limits, and thats what America loves about her. She perfomes, the judges are putting on a side show, America can see right thru that and so does Haley and Lauren

  22. Patti Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:27 am

    I think that James went home because the fans became complacent – yet again – where a favorite was concerned. Plus, I feel there were people voting for Haley because she has been brutally bashed week after week. I know, I for one, am tired of it. The judges were down right nasty this time around.

    Another strike against James is the fact that he is TOO much like Adam Lambert with all the screaming/screeching. He is VERY talented. It’s all the screaming/screeching he does that is the turn off.

    I hope those that are unhappy with the last night’s results voted. If not, then quit the whining about the voting being rigged. Voting online is free. The numbers are toll free. There’s even texting available. If you don’t want your favorite to go, then VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!!

  23. REDROSE Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    James definitely should NOT have gone home!
    I have never believed in the conspiracy theories in the past, but something is certainly not right.
    I don’t know if it is in the voting or in the truth about the voting. Someone needs to get to the bottom of whatever is going on at AI.

  24. Marquel Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    He DIDNT deserve it he was the BEST !

  25. Kay Avers Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:10 am

    Remember last year Crystal Bowersox was the better singer but the little teeny girls voted for Lee, who sang wrong notes all the time. It is not a talent show it is a popularity contest. No fear as Crystal is doing just great, even though she got second, James will do great, people will be looking for him.

  26. Seba Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:15 am

    James was the only one out of the four with real talent. Haley should have never been in the top 12. I do think the show is rigged after this. I am no longer going to watch it after being an avid viewer for years.

  27. Lyn Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Frankly, I’ve been ready to see James go many weeks ago. Please don’t mistake this as an indication I don’t think he is capable of singing or that he has no talent, because he does. The problem is that he was never criticized even when he was “just OK” or had some pitch issues, yet others criticized so harshly for delivering far better vocals than James. People are gonna hate me for this one….he’s trying way to hard to be what Steven Tyler or Adam Lambert are, but doesn’t quite cut it….and is absolutely unnecessary to throw in his money-note scream, as cool as it is, in EVERY SINGLE SONG…not even Steven does that. He’s likeable, yes, but I was ready for him to go weeks ago.

  28. nick Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 10:36 am

    If you have not heard anything negative on James, you just haven’t been listening. There has been a backlash on him for weeks. Maybe you should take your head out of your butt and look around.

  29. Che Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Pia, Casey & James should be setting with the golden chairs, flying home on private jet planes this week! Thanks American Idol for reproving what we already witnessed in years prior —your gig is rigged & raking in the dough even though the ppl’s vote does NOT really count!
    Hey add some freckles to country boy’s face & somehow he looks like that puppet and while you’re at it give the screamer girl a pole for the show!
    What a bunch of real wieners — what a waste of true talented ppl who REALLY deserved TOP AWARDS!

  30. mel Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 11:56 am

    no james did deserve to go home. he should have been in the top three. it should have been haley or scotty gone home.

  31. Arcticmoon Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Scotty should have gone home. He can only sing one genre of music and sometimes is out of tune. James on the other hand, when asked to sing a duet with Scotty, pulled off a great country rendition! I’d like to hear Scotty pull off a Journey song!! James is one of the most versatile singers in the competition. As Randy says, He could sing the phone book.

  32. a disappointed fan Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    I always had a feeling that American Idol was rigged. Firstly, we would all have to agree that Pia undoubtedly had the best voice in this competition and she went home early on. And now James. He had a unique voice and every week, he would bring flare to his performances and didn’t just stand there and sing. I looked forward to watching him perform. Even Casey, I mean I know he didn’t have a great voice but he sure as hell wasn’t boring to watch. I’m tired of watching Lauren and if she will rise to stardom, she’ll just be another Taylor Swift. I’m tired of watching Hayley try not to scream in her song and actually choose a song that’s right for her and will show off her vocal talents, that is if she has any. And finally, I’m tired of watching Scotty–seriously? Change it up a bit! This country crap is getting boring as hell.

  33. Susan Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Why is everyone blaming the girls? Haley definitely has a problem with song choice which may stem from the fact that she is only 17, but come on. Both Lauren and Haley are way more versatile and talented singers then Scotty. Even Scotty’s guitar playing repertoire is about 3 chords and a capo. I am getting so tired of hearing him sing week after week. Everything sounds the same. I would like to hear Scotty pull off Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Tourmet type Scat singing like Casey and Haley did a few weeks back. How about a Journey song like James did.
    Haley did an amazing rendition of the old Janis Joplin song Piece of My Heart. I think it is time for the idol judges to pick the winner. There are too many people voting with Tin ears and teenie bopers who don’t have a clue what a real musician is! Scotty has had pitch issues all along and I think the judges are afraid to say anything negative about his version of Conway Twitty style old fashioned country for fear of sounding biased against Country music. Where is Simon Cowell when we need him. At least he wouldn’t have tolerated Scotty’s whiny voice week after week without telling him to step out of his comfort zone and sing something other then Country. Most of today’s country singers cross over into pop and the days of Hank Williams, don’t do nothing but country are long gone. Thanks goodness!

  34. What a rip Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    I disagree that Pia had the best voice in the competition. She was a good singer, but how many ballads can one sing before everyone is snoring even if you do sound like Celene Dion. I think Scotty should have gone home a long time ago, and how did Paul ever make it into the top 10? I was so glad when they eliminated him. I would cringe every time he opened his mouth. As you say at least Casey was interesting and you have to admit he has a lot of musical talent even if singing isn’t his forte”.

  35. AB Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I think it is rigges too. They want to get the big public reaction. Well I am done with that program! No more of that!!!! We should vote for the one that goes off. The count would be fair. But if they regg it does not matter. The runner up is the best one usually. So why do I care???

  36. gary Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Here’s my thgought’s on voting for American Idol. Whether you text through ATT or cast a vote on line your should only be able to vote once. I heard this local female on a radio station say she voted 30 time’s for 1 of the country singingers. When as it’s happend in the past that the better entertainer was sent home Because of vote’s!!!

  37. Pretzel Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 4:13 pm

    You all are thinking of your own likes and disslikes. I did checking for the 2 hours of voting and never got into Scotty (either line), it took well over an hour to get to Lauren, 45 minutes for Haley and at the half hour mark (when I started) I could get into vote for James. Like it or not, he probably never had the fanbase the producers claimed he had. He was labeled a frontrunner, but if you listen to the audience prior to the performances Scotty has always been huge and Lauren right behind him. As for Pia, it took 5 tries before the producers liked her enough to put her on the show – don’t think she just walked in with an obvious fanbase. she earned hers by the week, same as Haley before the Save Haley campaign. There would have been a reaction no matter who went home yesterday – they are all good in their own way, no need for rigging. We do just fine on our own.

  38. Bonnie Fulton Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    It was definitely rigged or an unknown technical difficulty because the computer cast my vote for James (contestant 1) as Contestant 3! When I heard the recording say ” Thank you for voting for Contestant # 3″ I couldn’t beleive it!!! ANd I am POSITIVE I did not misdial because I had already voted successfully a few times using redial!! THEY NEED TO LET HIM BACK ON AND REVOTE TO SAVE THE DIGNITY OF THE SHOW!!! It’s the right thing to do!!
    Call Fox..voice your opinion 310-369-1000, ask for Idol, leave a voice mail

  39. Milley Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 5:38 pm

    I can hardly believe it! I can´t undestand why Haley, Lauren and boring Scotty are voted every week, and the only real artist of the finalists said bye. There is a trick is somewhere, so it will be my last season of Idol. What a mess. I miss Simon Cowell as judge. No one of the last three deserves to be an Idol. Sorry.

  40. susan Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 7:44 pm

    i, too, was shocked when ryan announced james was going home, and i agree that haley should’ve been the next one to go….all the contestants are large talents ….i think scotty will win and he is super good but i predict he’ll win largely due to the christian vote in the middle of the u.s…nothing against christians, but they seem to support the jesus in folks, above all other criteria……just look at the fools and criminals they vote for in the political arena…..very disappointing, america

  41. Angela Says:
    May 13th, 2011 at 8:20 pm

    James Durbin should be voted off!!

    Yea he sang well but he was mostly showing off. People got sick and tired of him. Poor Haley and Lauren, always get fired off by the judges.Jacob should have gone out long time ago, yet other singers who left are much better!!

    James Durbin deserves to go home! Who wants to listen him shrieking.

    Scott should win the idol!!!

  42. G. Smith Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 6:46 am

    When I started voting for my favorite American Idol, the recording from the show started saying my vote was for someone other than the person I had dialed the number for, so there is something wrong with American Idol’s recording who wins on the show…whether it is by accident or rigged. This needs to be looked into and fixed.

  43. MarcusAlan Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 7:53 am

    James Durbin was a frontrunner and never in the bottom 3. Lauren and Haley had been in the bottom 3 (Haley many times). Most polls and predictions after Wed night had Lauren or Haley on the chopping block. NOT James. NOT Scotty. BUT AI desperately wants a female in the finale/or to win. By having 2 females in the top 3, it assures that there will be a female in the finale. Hmmmmm… Where are those accountants who used to tally and present the votes to the host during talent and award shows? And, I agree … let’s limit it to one vote. And, let’s have a female and male winner each year – evens the playing field and stops the backlash. No matter what happens, I believe James will go on to great things … he was awesome on Leno last night. GO JAMES!

  44. phibby Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 9:40 am

    well! JLO got her wish, she kept saying, I want the girls to stay, dont want them to go, you mean to say haley is better than casey, james and pia, the judges should be constructive, Jlo was very critical towards jacob but she was never towards Haley, Randy is good, ofcourse Steven tyler never says bad even if bad to the ladies especially if they are sexy. Its really sad to see james go, so not fair. Jus hope America will vote for Scotty, He is an Idol.

  45. Bunny Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 10:53 am

    Wow! I hate to think that the voting system is rigged. Not to mention the cost for text messaging for those voters without unlimited texting plans voting week after week. James for sure…without a doubt was to win this years American Idol especially after Casey got the boot. These two guys without a doubt are winners!! So all we can do now is vote for Lauren. I’ll screem like Haley if she wins.

  46. chris Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    I am DONE watching the show this year and possibly for the remainder of it’s existence due to the total riduculous voting of the wrong people. Something HAS to change with the voting process next year so that the best contestants don’t get booted off purely due to a population contest rather than a performance based outcome. Either cap the voting overall number or put a age limit so silly little girls aren’t allowed to vote. Or, maybe the judges should have the final say and have the ability to override the wrong results.

  47. linda peterson Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 4:38 pm

    I usually don’t write in these things, but I have to today. Why does there have to be name calling and making fun? Scotty has done different genre’s and done them quite well. I am a James fan and I know for a fact he would be sadden to know people are making fun of his friend. If everyone would just go to vote for the worst they are the ones who helped with this elimination.

  48. KG Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    I think people should only be able to vote once. I think thats the biggest problem with the system! I Love James and I hope he has the same success as Daughtry! I was very sorry to see him go…

  49. Rosemary Skelly Says:
    May 14th, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    America, you got it wrong. James should not have been voted off. I cannot believe James didnt have enough votes.
    Judges have given him rave results every week.
    Haley has been in the bottom three, James has not.
    She has been screaming her songs lately.
    What happen to the voting? Maybe the judges should have the final say in judging.

  50. Amelia Tan Says:
    May 15th, 2011 at 1:22 am

    I am 100% sure that something was wrong! James is the most talented singer consistent contestant with worldwide and whole package quality! He has amazing voice! He should not voted off!! He should the winner this season! Compare with the 3 others, even a stupid person with no music skill/knowledge (like me) could realize, obviously, that 100% James is the best of the 4! He is the best performer too!! He has been rigged! He got robbed! So suspicious fact that He sang number 1 and number 8, but got vote number 1 and 5. So many voters said got difficulties connection to vote James on Wednesday night. Open your eyes, Open your heart, America, please bring him back to the AI stage!! Mr.Ryan Seacrest must be admit that there was huge mistake happened!! His victory would mean a lot to all people around the world who have some syndrome or autism problems. Asking for justice, pleaseeeee!!!How could you America…

  51. fan Says:
    May 15th, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I don’t understand how Haley is still on I not only dislike her voice, but her personality is awful. She does not get upset when a friend leaves & she talks down to the judges who by the way always try to give her constructive help. Everyone wants to win, but they do not act the way she does. Once again her Personality Sucks. She is not Idol material!

  52. AI Fan Says:
    May 15th, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Wow. What a bunch of morons. Hey folks – this is a TV show! Conspiracy theory? Rigged voting? Give me a break! The people who are still left in the competition are there because they got more votes, period. If you want your ‘favorite’ to say in the competition, vote!! What I don’t understand is the hatred being spewed here for the remaining 3! It really makes me realize that the James Durbin fans are a bunch of immature morons (no offense to James.) Grow up you bunch of crybabies. James will do fine. Buy his records when he releases them and shut the hell up.

  53. CA Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 9:56 am

    OF COURSE NOT!!! its’s impossible for someone that was NEVER EVER bottom 3, to be gone the next day! THIS IS BULL!!!! I am soooo DONE watching this “show” – The least they can do, id to admit there was an error on the voting system, and have a recount!!!! is the LEAST “AMERICAN IDOL” can do. James and Scotty should have been at the finale.

  54. cinthia Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 9:58 am

    NOOOOO JAMES NEEDS TO GET BACK ON THE SHOW!!!!

  55. Marie Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 4:19 pm

    I think that Jame’s fan base thought he was without a doubt, SAFE. This has happened in the past as well. Look at Doughtry! Jame’s really deserved to win….but I think it may have been a blessing in disguise because he will be able to choose which label he will record with. I also feel AI knew James did not deserve to leave and that is why they made a move that had NEVER been done before and allow the 4th person to go home and enjoy that hometown party! (w/o AI cameras) Over 30,000 people showed up to see him!! He has opened up the lines of communication for Tourette’s syndrome and Asperger’s Syndrome and giving children who suffer from these diseases some hope for a bright future! James has a very bright future and I know I will be purchasing tickets and CD’s with his name on it! (and I do not even like Heavy Metal! but I can appreciate talent!) Sorry Haley and Lauren, I felt Casey, Pia and James should have been in the top 3 with Scotty being 4th. Now without James in the top 3, Scotty should be able to win the title over the girls NO PROBLEM! Just saying…..

  56. johnn Says:
    May 16th, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    What the hell? I think that episode was just robbed!!!! Who in the hell would vote james offf? HE IS THE BEST ONE OUT OF ALL OF THEM!!!! FOX needs to consider a re-do of that one cuz thats not right at all. I miss my idol now:( REDO THE DAM EPISODE!!!

  57. Diane Says:
    May 18th, 2011 at 5:21 am

    James should have been at least in the top 2! He was my favorite and has never done a bad performance. Scotty is AWESOME and a great country singer…country is just not my favorite kind of music…..but for country, he is FANTASTIC! I think the final 2 should have been Scotty and James!!!!

  58. Shar Says:
    May 21st, 2011 at 6:16 am

    James TOTALLY was robbed of being American Idol 2011. There is no excuse or no reason for him to be voted off, except for the judges, like Steven Tyler to be threatened by James voice. I said this all along watching Tylers expression, he never really agnoliged James great performance. I have always loved Steven Tylers voice and music, I think he is great, this is the reason I watched American Idol this year. I see he has this ego trip of getting older and at this time with James being rock and roll is a big threat to Steven Tylers record and performance sales. I just know that the right person will pick James up and get in on the go to be the best talented, and singer. I would for sure stay in touch with his music. You are loved by many James….don’t you ever give up. You are Number 1…

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