Twenty-two year old American Idol castoff James Durbin has covered a lot of songs during this season of the show. He made it to fourth place in the singing competition, and says that he still feels like he’s accomplished a lot on the show.
In Thursday’s shocking elimination, James was sent home, in lieu of Lauren Alania or Haley Reinhart, which some thought would be eliminated before him. James was the rocker, the Chris Daughtry and Adam Lambert of the tenth season.
In a recent interview, he talked about the elimination, Chris Daughtry and how he doesn’t feel he has failed.
When asked what his reaction was to the eliminatiomn, he said, “Wow, that’s insane. Wow, it’s a whirlwind of emotions, but you know, I’ve been really thinking about why I came on the show and why I even auditioned in the first place, and I’m brought back to those feelings of, ‘It’s for my family.’ But I was trying to give a voice to a genre of music that seems like it’s slowly fading away, and I just really accomplished a lot on the show. It was really great so I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
When speaking about how blindsided he was about being voted off the show, he said, “I’m not going to lie, I definitely was, but there was something off with the kinetic energy of everyone at the studio yesterday. I just kind of felt it off of people’s body language, you know? Not that people knew, but there was just something – a real somber feeling – so I just kind of caught up with it. I kind of freaked out a little before the show started, and I just knew it. I really did. I just knew it. I just said, ‘Don’t worry about it’, but I knew it.”
He was eliminated from the show at the same time fellow rocker Chris Daughtry was during his time on the show. He revealed that he was happy not to win the show, because it may have ruined his rock and roll cred. To that, James said, “That makes plenty of sense, you know, but winning would have been just great too. I don’t know. There’s a first instinct when you’re up there and Ryan says, ‘You’re going home.’ The first instinct is, ‘Gosh. I wanted to win so badly and it feels like I failed.’ But thinking about it, it’s like I haven’t failed at all.”
So what’s next for the rocker? He went on to reveal, “This is just the beginning. It’s like a rollercoaster, but it’s not how you think. You think while you’re on Idol that the rollercoaster is doing all its turns and loops and corkscrews, but that’s not it. Idol is still just clicking up the track before it drops down into the craziness. I’m still clicking. I’m still just clicking on the track, and it’s amazing.”
He added, “I’m glad I can really appreciate now – and I’ll figure it out some more in the coming days – but it’s still emotional. But in the coming days and the coming weeks, with the finale and the tour and releasing my stuff, it’s really just getting to work. It’s exciting and I’m really, really stoked.”