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James Durbin’s Shocking Elimination: A Daughtry Déjà Vu!

James Durbin is eliminated from "American Idol."

James Durbin is eliminated from "American Idol." Credit: Fox

James Durbin, perhaps the most innovative of the “American Idol” Season 10 contestants, was issued his walking papers with a fourth-place finish – to the surprise of many, including James himself and the judges.

It brought back memories of our disappointment with Chris Daughtry’s shocking fourth-place finish in Season 5.
Even the disc jockeys on the radio station I listened to on the way home from work were commenting on the sheer injustice of James Durbin’s elimination, comparing it to Daughtry’s similar scenario.
If the likelihood of history repeating itself is of any solace to Durbin, Chris Daughtry is one of the most successful “American Idol” contestants to date.
The power of the Southern voters has boosted North Carolina’s Scotty McCreery and Georgia peach Lauren Alaina’s numbers.
Haley Reinhart, who was scorned by two of the judges (Randy Jackson and JLo), benefited from voter backlash to the tune of mucho votes.
Another factor adding to Californian James Durbin’s earlier-than-expected departure is the apathetic voting on the East and left coasts.
When New York’s Pia Toscano was shockingly eliminated with a ninth-place finish, most of the folks in my circle of family/friends predicted that Durbin would win the title.
We were pretty bummed out with the outcome of the results show, as was Durbin, who made no attempt to hide his feelings as tears streamed from his eyes during his elimination performance.
He said he worked so hard and did so much on the "Idol" stage that had never been done before.
According to a report in the Santa Cruz Sentinel, Durbin will get his homecoming concert even though he finished in fourth place.
“American Idol” agreed for the first time in its history to allow an exception and to sponsor an eliminated competitor for a homecoming concert.
The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk announced an agreement with “American Idol” that will allow “Durbin Day,” scheduled for May 14, to proceed even though the 22-year-old Durbin is no longer in the competition.
Durbin's hometown celebration, however, will not be televised on “American Idol.”
Tweens Nicky and Deanna T. and mom Gina are disgusted, devastated and disappointed with Durbin's ouster.
To them, Durbin is definitely the winner; his story and talent should have catapulted him to the top.
Lauren Alaina is their second choice, but they feel that it’s more likely that they won’t be tuning in as much now, as she’s just not as special and talented as Durbin, but more so than McCreery and Reinhart.
My granddaughter Alex prophetically told me that Durbin was going to be the one eliminated when I saw her before the top 4 performance show on Wednesday.
I told her that Durbin was going to win, and her lower lip started to quiver, as she wants Lauren Alaina to win.
Needless to say, Alex was sporting a huge grin when Lauren Alaina was the first to learn that she was safe and made the top 3.
Reinhart's addition to the top 3 was icing on the cake for Alex, who wants a GIRL to win (and the odds are in favor of Alex’s wish coming true).
Next week we get to see highlights from the hometown trips of the top 3, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery, who will perform three songs each – one selected by the judges, one selected by mentor Jimmy Iovine and one of their own choice.
On Thursday, May 19, we will find out who’s in the final showdown. The scheduled musical guests are the Italian trio Il Volo (I’ve never heard of them), as well as former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls Nicole Scherzinger and rapper/actor 50 Cent.
How ironic is it that Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” eliminated James Durbin from “American Idol,” Chris Jericho from “Dancing With the Stars,” and Tony Soprano from “The Sopranos.”
At this point, it’s a toss up as to who will win, but wouldn’t it be really funny if bottom three regular Haley Reinhart won!

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