May 13, 2011 07:00 AM by Christine McDow
Traditionally speaking, the winner of American Idol does not have a very successful career. They might see some immediate popularity (think Kris Allen and Ruben Studdard), but long term, it is normally a contestant that came in 2nd, 3rd or 4th that has the biggest career (think Clay Aiken, Adam Lambert and Chris Daughtery). So could James Durbin being eliminated last night from American Idol really be the best thing for his career?
If James Durbin would have gotten into the final two he would have been handed a record deal. One he already signed a contract for, stating how much he would get, how many albums it was good for etc. All this before he knew how popular he might be. Now that James Durbin is off the show, he will be able to field offers from other record producers. James Durbin will be in demand and will get the choice, versus having to settle for what is handed to him.
James Durbin will also be able to have more say so in the type of songs he sings and the type of album he creates. He is not going to owe anything to the American Idol producers or the show. He simply will be allowed to be him.
He will also probably have a record out much sooner than he would have had he won. That means that he will stay more relevant in viewers minds and start making money much faster than the winner will.
In the end, I don’t think people should be mad or feel sorry for James Durbin. This is probably the best thing that could happen to him. Look how fast Pia Toscano scored a record deal after her shocking American Idol elimination.
Let us know what you think!