VIDEO: James Durbin (And J.Lo) Cry After His Shocking Idol Elimination!

By Radar Staff

Don’t stop believing, James.

Despite wowing the judges with his rendition of the Journey classic a night before, Santa Cruz native James Durbin was eliminated on Thursday’s American Idol results show, making for the 10th season’s biggest shocker since the abrupt end of Pia Toscano‘s run.

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The heavy metal singer, 22, was one of the bottom two finalists alongside Scotty McCreery on a night Ryan Seacrest said 72 million voters cast their selections, marking a top-four record.

In the wake of the huge disappointment — remember, judge Randy Jackson recently claimed he felt Durbin was the favorite — both Durbin and judge Jennifer Lopez shed tears following the elimination.

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“I was really hoping to get there … I did so much stuff that’s never been done on this show before,” Durbin said Thursday. “I did what I came here to do — to give metal a chance.”

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Durbin brought the unique combo of talent and backstory: diagnosed with both Tourette syndrome and Asperger’s, the father-of-one entered the competition unemployed. At the age of nine, he lost his father, also an aspiring musician, to a drug overdose.

The remaining contestants include McCreery, Haley Reinhart and Lauren Alaina; all will visit their hometowns this weekend for segments that will air next week.

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American Idol returns Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c. This season’s champ will be announced on the show’s May 26 finale.



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