May 13, 2011 12:59 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night on FOX‘s American Idol, we witnessed the most shocking elimination to date as James Durbin was sent home. In his post elimination interview, the young rocker reveals his thoughts. Keep reading for all the details!
American Idol’s James Durbin was a fan favorite from the start of the season and the most consistent performer this season. With that in mind, it is no wonder fans were stunned when he was eliminated last night. Today in a post elimination interview, James talked about his Idol experience – have a look at what he wanted to share!
Question: What a shocker last night, can you share your thoughts with us on the elimination?
James Durbin: It’s been a real whirlwind of emotions, I’ve been really thinking about why I came on this and why I auditioned in the first place. It’s my family, and that I wanted totry and give a voice to a genre of music that seems like its fading away.
Question: Twitter has exploded with celebrity fans, has anyone reached out to you personally yet?
James Durbin: No. But I became good friends with Chris Jericho who was on Dancing With The Stars, and that was really nice because I have been a wrestling fan since I was 12. It was nice to hang out with him, he’s a singer in a metal band so we have a lot to talk about.
Question: Can you tell us how the theater helped you?
James Durbin: One of the things that comes with Asperger’s is social awkwardness, I really had a lot of it starting out, but me being in that organization and being around people constantly helped me. From one performance to the next there was a complete 360 in my attitude.
Question: How has Heidi changed you and how did you two meet?
James Durbin: When I was four and Heidi was 13 our moms were friends at church, she watched me and I had a play date with her sister or something. Fast forward to years later I was singing karaoke, and she was at the restaurant for a going away party and we just crossed paths, I was singing, she dug the song. I didn’t remember her but I wanted to. Then I got her number and I called her but hung up from nerves, and it just took off from there. She is my guardian angel. I was about as low as you can get and then I met her and everything changed. I wanted to be a better person, and behind every successful man there is an amazing, amazing woman.
Question: If they made a movie about your life, who would you want to play you?
James Durbin: Well, I don’t know, I think I would want to play myself. I don’t want that to sound conceited or anything…I don’t know – maybe Matt Damon, and then Steven Seagal can play me when I am an old man.
Question: What is the best advice the judges gave you?
James Durbin: Probably would have to be just don’t hold back, just roll with it and keep going. Keep giving it everything. Randy said “you know this is your competition to lose” and you know I feel like I am going out on top. This week I had two of my best performances, they were both perfect and trust me, I am my biggest critic and I just shut myself up this week.
Question: Can you tell us about the full spectrum of emotions we have seen from you?
James Durbin: I’ve gone through so many changes throughout the show, earlier I talked about how kids on Broadway and Heidi helped me change, but Idol has helped me change also. I’ve never been business savvy and on Idol I’ve been able to let loose and get into my production thing. I’ve been able to get creative. Every single one of my stage performances was all me. It sounds cliche, but I feel like with the amount of stuff I have done, I really did what I wanted to do.
Question: If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
James Durbin: Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater. I actually met him and asked him if he would and he said absolutely. Also Zach Wilde again, but I have a secret weapon at home. My best friend at home….I asked him if he would be my guitarist post Idol. We have a plan to bring back a great front man with an awesome guitarist as in years past.
Question: You’re in the same situation that Chris Daughtry was, and when he was eliminated he said it was a relief in a way because winning would ruin his rock and roll vibe, do you feel the same way?
James Durbin: That makes perfect sense, but winning would have been great too you know. Your first instinct when you’re up there and Ryan says your going home, is “gosh I wanted to win so badly and I feel like I failed”, but I didn’t fail at all. It’s like a roller coaster, Idol is still just clicking up the track before it drops down into the craziness. I am still clicking up the track, it’s amazing. It’s still emotional but in the coming days and weeks, with the finale, with the tour and releasing my stuff it’s exciting.
Question: Has anyone expressed an interest in giving you a record deal?
James Durbin: Who knows, expect the unexpected. That’s what I wish I would have done Thursday, I don’t know, we’re still going with the flow on the show. I potentially yesterday heard my first single.
Question: What can we expect from the James Durbin album?
James Durbin: My record might sound like Holy Diver or some Black Sabbath. I am really excited to collaborate with people.
Question: Since you were never in the bottom three, how blindsided were you?
James Durbin: I am not going to lie I definitely was, but there was something off with the kinetic energy in the studio yesterday….not that people knew but there was a real somber feeling. I freaked out a bit before the show started, I just knew it. I really did.
Question: Can you tease us with what you have planned for the finale?
James Durbin: Once again, expect the unexpected. No one would ever expect it.
Question: What was Heidi’s reaction and did you get to see Hunter last night?
James Durbin: I have not gotten to see Hunter last night, he is back at home with my mom & sisters. When I was standing up there, I just kept looking at Heidi, trying to reassure her that is okay. I kept thinking why I auditioned in the first place, because we couldn’t afford diapers and I don’t think I will ever have to worry about diapers now.
Question: What was the first thing you did when the cameras stopped rolling last night?
James Durbin: I really just went around and thanked all of the crew, the band and the crew, everyone. Those are the people who put on the show, those are the people behind the scenes that make it happen. It was just rough, it was a rough night and I probably got only a 1/2 hour of sleep last night.
Question: Who are you closest to there and is there anyone you are rooting for in the finale?
James Durbin: I was definitely closest with all the guys. Stefano is going to be my best man, Paul’s going to be one of my groomsman. I don’t know, I have a feeling who might take it but at this point you can’t really choose.
Question: A feeling about whom?
James Durbin: I ain’t saying but who do you think?
Question: Do you think your song choices maybe did not connect enough with the audience since you had two solid and perfect performances?
James Durbin: I don’t know, it’s kind of funny, since 5 am I have been waiting for someone to ask me that question. Oddly enough Chris Jericho, the last song he danced to before his elimination was “Don’t Stop Believing”. Chris Jericho was eliminated with that song and so was James Durbin.
James then thanked all his faithful fans for voting for him all season and promised that this will not be the last we hear of him. We hope not James, and please know how much you will be missed on the show!
Also, remember that the two day finale will actually take place on Tuesday, May 24th and Wednesday, May 25th – so be sure to set your DVR’s accordingly. Be sure to tune in next week to see the top three take the stage to battle it out for a shot at the finale on American Idol on FOX!
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