American Idol: James Durbin Encourages Fans Not To Give Up On The Show And Gets Advice From Daughtry Producer
May 15, 2011 09:00 AM by Lisa Princ
Despite one of the most shocking eliminations of the season on FOX‘s American Idol, rocker James Durbin still encourages fans not to give up on Idol. We also learned that James was given some advice by someone who knows a lot about turning a fourth place contestant into a success – Chris Daughtry’s producer! Keep reading for all the details!
When American Idol’s James Durbin showed up yesterday for Durbin Day in Santa Cruz, the rocker was greeted by tons of fans, most of which who were so angered with the show that they vowed not to watch anymore. When James took the stage for a press conference he asked that the fans not boycott the show as he said “I don’t want people to give up watching the show. American Idol is the whole reason that I’m here today.” James Durbin also admitted that part of his emotional reaction on Thursday night had to do with the fact that he knew he would not be able to come home this week, but he got his wish anyway thanks to the show. He added “Look, I’m happy. I got fourth place. Only nine other people in history have ever gotten fourth place on Idol.”
James Durbin also received some words of advice from Howard Benson, who helped turn Chris Daughtry from a fourth place Idol finished to the superstar he is today. So what kind of advice could he offer James? Howard Benson says that despite the fact that James is really good at metal, he needs to be careful of his target audience and really think about what 17 year old metal fans are listening too as he doubts it is someone from Idol. He goes on to say “They’re into bands we’ve never heard of on small indie labels. He has a shot at selling to the over-30 crowd who loves that music and might buy his album if the songs are unbelievable.” Benson added that it was all about the songs and if asked said he would convene a week long song writing camp for Durbin.
No matter what path James decides to take, I am sure his faithful fans will follow him and he will continue to be successful! 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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