'American Idol': James Durbin's final performance -- VIDEO

Almost every season, there’s a shocking fourth place finisher on American Idol. And, last night, James Durbin was the contestant who joined the ranks of Tamyra Gray, Chris Daughtry, and LaToya London by finishing just short of Idol‘s hometown visits. But he still went out with a crowd pleaser — singing Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed,” season 10’s rocker amped up his audience interaction, even planting an adorable kiss on his fiancée. Check out his exit performance embedded after the jump. Warning: Bring the Kleenex. 

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  • kim

    very sad to see him go america got it very wrong from canada will not watch it anymore

    • susan

      I agree. Do not care to see the finals. Something is terribly wrong here. James was never in the bottom.

    • ryan

      the fact that youre from canada undermines your entire argument.

  • ohyeah

    This clip further proves that this guy has the heart but not the talent. He sounds horrible.

    • Sheila

      Just check his performance of this song (top 13) in Youtube, that’s the way he performs when not overwhelmed by emotions. HE really nailed that sond earlier – as the others as well!

  • Mae

    i haven’t been watching AI this year but caught this guys performance and it was awful. i was shocked he got so far. i’m hoping his previous performances were much better. I actually clicked this article to see if it was about how terrible of a singer/screecher he was.

    • Teri

      SERIOUSLY?? You don’t watch all season and you are going to judge him by his final performance done after having been told he is going home?! Most of the contestants are heartbroken and singing through tears and emotions in their final performance. Wow, way to kick a guy when he’s down!! You’re not very nice are you?

      • ugh

        no, he WAS pretty bad.

    • nancy

      I just bet you’re a hugh Miley Cyrus fan – probably Brittney Spears also.

    • Skye Hill

      For the past 5 weeks all this moron did was ruin his chances by running around high fiving people in the audience and singing off-key. And the judges praised him for being awful. Simon would have ripped him a new one a month ago and forced him to show some humility. He never once bothered to change songs creatively. Good riddance to a terrible singer.

      • zenmode

        Skye- you, made your point. Over and over again. Can you be respectful of other people opinions? I like James sing, and I though he applied his touch to every song he sang. Obviously you have some issues, by posting this many times to tell all the people who like him that they are wrong. Get a life.

      • Maddie

        Skye, shut the F up. Is your life so boring that you don’t have anything else to do but sit around & write nasty comments about those contestants that you don’t like. Get a life, get a loVe or do something that will get you off the boards for a bit.
        Enough already!!!

      • latinojames

        u suck u ciountry fan james already has a deal so beat that scotty did the same thing every week lauren horrible haley was good james has perfect pitch u know nothing about music u hack

    • mc

      they were, obviously he was upset, he had never been in the bottom before. A much better singer than Scotty.

  • Reed

    Thanks for posting this- MY DVR cut it off. I like James but he didnt sound too good (and btw, Lauren cries a lot more than James0 and singsworse too…i cried last night – was so rooting for jamjes on so many levels – hes such an inspiration to me

    • susan

      Yes James was an inspiration and knew how to work the stage. Alana is sweet but, not a performer. I just hope the judges did not influence the voting by coming down on Hailey. She screeches too much. I’m so saddened by his leaving but, I hope his revene is a bigger career. Not many idol finalists ride the top of the charts.

      • susan

        *****I meant to say I hope his REVENGE…not revene***

      • Skye Hill

        You rip Haley for screeching and praise James? HAHAHAHA. The hilarity of that is too much.

  • Laurie

    NOT THE TALENT???? ARE YOU FLIPPIN’ KIDDING ME? I would like to see you do a fabulous job singing with so much emotion in you of sadness! WTH!!!! From what I hear all over the world, the voting was not working properly, therefore, American Idol should have a revote night….. when all voting lines are working properly! JAMES ROCKS! And he will go far! LOVE YOU JAMES!

    • nancy

      And what about his rendition of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin” – JAMES IS INCREDIBLE, WONDERFUL

    • mc

      agree 100%

  • Grumpy

    The only shocking thing is how this guy managed to make it this far — or even into the competition at all. He can barely stay in key, and tries to hide it behind shrieks and screeching and screams.

    • latinojames

      james is awesome hes got arecord deal screw u guy and all u james haters

    • Elbin

      He deserves to be hated.He had his own 1 hour spcieal on his decision where he was going to go, without telling the Cavaliers beforehand.He now has a 60 second commercial asking people what he should do.If you ask me, he should man up, ignore all the “haters” and just play basketball. I think he’s just bringing more hate upon him by doing all of this.

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  • da

    Amazing how social media affords people the opportunity to be so heartless. Rock on James. Don’t Stop Believin’. Your fans are here for you.

  • yawn

    Love you James! I didn’t in the beginning of your journey but you won me over when you sang “Maybe I’m Amazed”. Best wishes to you and your family… rock on!

  • Chad

    How does James go from NEVER being in the bottom 3 to going home?? Makes no sense to me. He did great on Journey’s “Don’t stop believin'”. He’s got so much heart and passion. It’s not the end for James Durbin, it’s just the beginning.

  • p. Kilgore

    I am sick! Something is really wrong! James was absolutely the best! Only watched to see him. Wasnt going to watch this season, after what they did to Casey James.

    Then James Durbin came on. What a talent! I will not watch the rest of the season, and definitely not at all ever again!

    • Skye Hill


      • latinojames

        screw u lauren alaina will fade away i met her shes SPOILED JAMES HAS A RECORD DEAL NOW SO ULL BE HEARING HIM ON THE RADIO NOT PRKY PIG LAUREN

  • kel

    Hope some rich person gives James a new car! He was robbed. He has star quality none of the rest have.I will never watch Idol again. Boycoting the rest of this season. Dont care who wins, none of them deserve to win. They are not creative. This is BbbbbbbbSsssss. The voting should be checked into, dont think it was working properly. How do you go from never being in bottom 2 to out. Just crazy! Never watching american idol ever again. What a farce. James, you will be a great star, with hit records and Concerts. We love you, and your sweet family.

    • Skye Hill

      He’s be a star at the drive-thru at McDonalds. He’s a talentless loser that couldnt sing in tune. Bye James. Never come back.

      • shell

        so are you!. quit being obnoxious! I hope all the Durbin fans commenting stop buying into your attempts to irritate people on a subject you clearly are unqualified to comment on.

      • mina villareal

        i think you’re sick!!!

  • Skye Hill

    Thanks for more video proof that this clown cant sing in tune. I’m laughing at all the idiots crying over his departure.

    • eve

      sky shut the H up you wouldnt know talent if it smacked you across the face i mean come on you made your mark you dont like james durbin i happen to love james durbin he is an amazing singer he is an amazing person from what i know you dont even know good music and james happens to be a very emotional man if you even bothered to watch his auditions he said how when he was seven his father died, how he was diagnosed with turrets
      syndrom and aspergers,and how him and his fiance cant even afford to buy his son diapers sometimes if you ask me he’s been going thru alot and also he said how he’s just trying to make it better for his family or something like that go easy on him james durbin ROCKS!!!!!!
      and dont you ever forget it!!!!!

    • Baljit

      Hey Liz, finally I am hanvig a look at your blog! It’s looking fab! I have to say, I’m a little jealous saying goodbye to the corporate world for something more creative it’s a dream of mine some day!Your photo’s are superb and i’m sure you’ll make a great pro photographer!I may ask you for some tips as I have too become a keen photographer, although I need to practise lots to come even close to the standard here!Hope all well with you and the family.Best of luck Janice x

  • mc

    Scotty should have been the one to go..talk about a one trick pony. I am sick of his goofy faces too!

  • carolyn close

    Is it just me–or does Haley show litte emotion? about other contestants being eliminated-almost smug!!! P-L-E-E-Z-E. I recognize for the guys she is “eye candy” and does have talent but to me she is just so sure!!! She thinks she has this sewn up…do not rest on your laurels, dear Haley-lightning stikes when least expected. Her overall attitude speaks volumes to me–like okay, another down,two more to go… Have a great deal of difficulty with this-just one ole lady’s opinon for what is worth.(James has true talent and will go far).

    • Cat

      She’s no more smug than James ” I’ve done stuff on this show that hasn’t been done before, ” Durbin. I’d be happy to see him go too.

  • jj

    I love James. The ONLY reason Haley squeaked in was a NO vote to Randy.
    What a shame. We can watch the “underdog” stay a dog. I won’t use the real female name for dog.

    Oh Well. It’s only a show and the goobers will vote in Scotty anyway. (anyone but Haley)

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