American Idol Top 7: Jennifer Hudson and James Durbin Perform April 12

Two Idol alum’s for the price of one next week! Jennifer Hudson,  with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross will perform their new single, “Think Like a Man” and James Durbin will return to the Idol stage to perform his new song, “Higher Than Heaven.”

No information yet on next week’s theme. Read the press release below.

DEANDRE BRACKENSICK ELIMINATED ON “AMERICAN IDOL”  TOP SEVEN FINALISTS PERFORM LIVE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11, ON FOX  Jennifer Hudson with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross Plus Season 10 Finalist James Durbin to Perform on Next Results Show Thursday, April 12

DeAndre Brackensick was eliminated tonight on AMERICAN IDOL after he received the fewest votes among the finalists. On tonight’s results show, The Wanted sang their latest hit “Glad You Came,” and Kellie Pickler returned to the IDOL stage to perform her newest single, “Where’s Tammy Wynette.” In addition, superstar and AMERICAN IDOL judge Jennifer Lopez premiered her new music video for “Dance Again.”

Next week, on Wednesday, April 11 (8:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the Top Seven – Hollie Cavanagh, Colton Dixon, Skylar Laine, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips, Jessica Sanchez and Elise Testone – return to the IDOL stage to perform for America’s votes.

Tune in the following night, Thursday, April 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), to the live results show to find out which Top Seven finalist is sent home. In addition, AMERICAN IDOL Season Three finalist and Academy Award and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson along with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross perform their new single, “Think Like a Man,” and AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 finalist James Durbin performs his new song, “Higher Than Heaven.”

“Like” AMERICAN IDOL on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AmericanIdol. Follow the series on Twitter @AmericanIdol and join the discussion at #Idol. Also, follow host Ryan Seacrest at @RyanSeacrest, and follow the judges: @yo_randyjackson; @JLo; and @iamstevent.

AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of CKX, Inc. and FremantleMedia North America, Inc. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment, and executive-produced by Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; Ken Warwick, Executive Producer, FremantleMedia North America, Inc.; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions.

See what happens every Thursday when the show ends, but the cameras keep rolling, as the eliminated finalist says an emotional goodbye and exits the IDOL stage. Visit www.americanidol.com for this exclusive insider’s view each week after the West Coast broadcast of the results show, as well as for exclusive videos, interviews, photos and special behind-the-scenes information.

  • Anonymous

    Yay! Two former Idols!

    This is the first time in a long time that there are 3 guys and 4 girls. Usually by now there would be more guys and less girls. 

  • Anonymous

    Who else is looking forward to James meeting Colton?  In addition to performing on piano’s, they can bond over having ridiculously blonde hair.  

    Should be a great (awkward) time. :)

  • Anonymous

    I think that might be interesting to see how they react to each other.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    They know each other. Both were on Top 40 last year.

  • Anonymous

    Higher than Heaven!!! Oh MJ you made my day. I don’ know where you got the info BUT IM SO GLAD YOU DID. I could kiss you!!!! YEAH FOR HIGHER THAN HEAVEN!!! THERE IS A GOD!!!

  • ReginaFilange

    No theme for next week?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    Higher than Heaven! Rock that stage James!!

  • Anonymous

    OMG! Higher Than Heaven! Now I’m REALLY excited and anxious for next Thursday! 

  • OffLeash

    James will perform “Higher Than Heaven” on Idol??? Really? Best news ever. Great move, Wind Up! Praise the Lawd, the LMB era is finally over!

  • Anonymous

     LOL maybe the outcast army harassed WindUp to death for that song. It’s all making sense now…. Big Surprise indeed!

  • judes

    Can’t wait to see James perform & then Kris the week after .They really are showcasing more idols this year-its great-something for everyone.

  • Anonymous

    OMG !!  I LOVEEEE Higher Than Heaven    :)

  • OffLeash

    Yep, we sure fought long and hard for HTH a while back, to no avail it seemed at the time. Am I glad I was wrong!

  • Anonymous

    Durbin back on the Idol stage! Looking forward to it!

  • Da 1 N Only

    Looking forward to J Hud & Ne-Yo doing “Think Like A Man”, wish it was without Rick Ross’s out of place verse though.  

    Looks to be a pretty decent soundtrack between this single, John Legend’s “Tonight” & Marcus Canty’s “Won’t Make A Fool Out Of You” 

  • Anonymous

    With a little bit of luck, we’ll never have to hear LMB again – thank anyone and everyone involved with this.

  • Kylee

     James and Colton have already met, they were in the top 40 together last year :)

  • Anonymous

    Two Idols, heck yeah!

    That Top 7 picture looks SO awkward. Colton looks like a creeper.

  • Anonymous

    First time EVER that I’ve liked all top 7 contestants!

  • Anonymous

    Just for laughs and because I love this stuff, I took a look at Season 7 Top 7 group photo and noticed it was set up similiarly to Season 11 Top 7.  At this point there are four girls and three boys in both seasons.  Elise is positioned in Kristy Lee Cook’s spot, Skylar is in Brooke White’s spot, Josuah is in Jason’s spot, Colton is in Carly Smith’s spot, Hollie in Syesha’s spot, Jessica is in David A’s spot and, yes, Phillip is in David Cooks’ spot.  Just a coincidence?  Probably, but those on the knoll might not think so.  LOL 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L2CUVK7UBTUTKTGD35WSJHDCUE ernie

    jessica all the way ! looking fwd to jessica meeting jennifer hudson…

  • DragonFly

    WHO got this out of him –does he know we know yet??   Feel sorry for him that he always has to keep everything hushed for so long.  
    Like LMB, MAY I hope will have it’s day—HTH, YEAA…AH!!! 
    There were many that would have worked but HTH was what fans really wanted it to be (myself included) –great song/lyrics & it will let him perform.  Great choice WU & James!
     

  • Kylee

     Yeah, this is a good top 7!

  • Anonymous

    Yes, Higher Than Heaven! If he’ll give a solid performance, this song will move up top50 and higher on iTunes, probably higher than anyone his season who’ve already performed on AI. 

    Wish those two Rapunzels w/ James should dress up better this time. 

  • http://twitter.com/jepriy Jepoy Ramos

    can’t wait for Jessica to meet J-Hud

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    I’m so glad James is performing HTH, thank you rock gods! m/ When James performed LMB on Conan he sold x3 more albums that week than the previous week. I expect HTH to give MOABD a significant sales boost. HTH is a little heavy but also very accessible to conservative and religious viewers (mentions angels, God & heaven), and James sings it with so much passion because it’s his most personal song.

  • happyhexer

    I don’t get this.  I’m glad James will be singing “Higher Than Heaven” on Idol.  But to be so happy to give “Love Me Bad” the heave-ho?  I just don’t get it.  It makes it sound like LMB is a bad song, and it’s not.  I love every single song on James’ CD.  And I can’t say that about too many CDs (Idol or otherwise).  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    LMB is dated and has no hook, it’s not a bad song but it’s not a good single either.

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait for J-Hud and Ne-Yo! Love Ne-Yo’s voice.  Like butter!

    Sorry, but I never got Durbin at all.  Didn’t like his looks, voice, musicality or anything about him.  That outdated head bandanna bugged.  Didn’t care for Scotty or Lauren either.  Only liked Haley in Season 10. 

    Season 1 and 8 were my favorite.

  • OffLeash

    I won’t hang my head in shame or turn in my true fan card. I never liked LMB, and a couple other songs on the album, but the other 11 tracks are awesome IMO. How often does that happen to love 11 tracks out of 14? LMB was the wrong choice for a single. You love the song, but unfortunately not enough people agreed with you because it sure did nothing to help the album sales the last few months. Hopefully things will change now.:)

  • shamrock

     

    HTH is a little heavy but also very accessible to conservative and
    religious viewers (mentions angels, God & heaven), and James sings
    it with so much passion because it’s his most personal song.

    Not to forget that it is a redemption-song, on the blacklash side, it’s a
    woman that takes him “Higher than Heaven” instead of the aforementioned
    God and angels. ;)

    But if he can knock out a performace similar to the Walmart Soundcheck,
    he definitely sends me “Higher than Heaven”. :D

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    Didn’t she say DeAndre was her best mate on the show? I think thats why. 

  • http://twitter.com/BazzleFjsm Bazzle

    O thank the lord James is performing ‘Higher Than Heaven’ over the other two singles. Great song! I think Hollie looks great tonight. 18 year old girl appropriate. She should just wear that performance night. 

  • shamrock

    I don’t get this.  I’m glad James will be singing “Higher Than Heaven”
    on Idol.  But to be so happy to give “Love Me Bad” the heave-ho?  I just
    don’t get it.  It makes it sound like LMB is a bad song, and it’s not. 
    I love every single song on James’ CD.  And I can’t say that about too
    many CDs (Idol or otherwise). 

    I am also among the minority, who has never hated LMB, for me it has a hook and is catchy, and I think the video for it is great.  But it has had its run for almost 5 months now, and I think it is time for something new.

    Furthermore, with LBM, James admittedly often had struggles to sing it live, and though he became much better in time, HTH he nailed every time I’ve heard it.

    Plus, HTH showcases James more as the artist he wants to be :idol jury:, his main aim will always be Rock rather than HAC, and as Sue and others mentioned, it’s a very personal song that means a lot to him.

    But I agree, I am very happy with James CD, too, one of the few I am not inclined to skip songs, though, of course, I still love some a little bit more than others. ;)

  • OffLeash

    From the pics with the two of them it always looked like there was something going on between Jessica and DeAndre. Maybe that’s why dbag Jimmy Iovine was so anxious to get rid of DeAndre so he could have total control over her. They didn’t even have them duet together. Like making a point to separate them.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Yes I would like him to perform it exactly like this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TuDEzUKQ0qw

  • chessguy99

    Speculation is there will be two songs. The Top 13 was run very quickly, so much so they had time at the end for extra judge commentary. I think that was a dry run for making Top 7 a 14 performance show. Perhaps one theme song and the second a free choice, or a double theme. As for theme, Joshua tweeted Rhianna he was considering a song by her  for next week. So, some sort or current theme may be used for one or both songs; BB Top 100 or BB #1’s.

  • RockiDreams

    I’ll be fast forwarding through Hudson – ugh.  James is certainly going to wake up the Idol stage that frankly is pretty damn dull this season. Looking forward to seeing him perform again.   Usually by this time I have spent some money on iTunes but absolutely no one is making me click that Buy button.  Pretty boring bunch.

  • Anonymous

    “Maybe that’s why dbag Jimmy Iovine was so anxious to get rid of DeAndre so he could have total control over her. They didn’t even have them duet together. Like making a point to separate them”

    I was wondering what happened to my tin foil! ;0 I could be wrong but so far the only Idol who seems to have gotten a really good boost from the show has been Scotty. His album sales were significantly up. Scotty might have that extra special sauce that just connects with the Idol audience.

  • http://twitter.com/KariannHart Kariann Hart

    So happy that TPTB are reading forums, Facebook, and Twitter.  I want to see Idol alum rather than some unlikable performer.

  • Anonymous

    It is interesting that these 7 are actually TCOs (or at least favored by TPTB in some period in the competition) that are also Fan Faves. Last year Stefano was quite lukewarm on both the TPTB and the Bubble, Jacob was quite disliked by the Bubble with TPTB looks like pushing him than Haley (but – in addition to the “mirrorgate” – might be done deliberately for backlash), Casey was quite polarizing to the Bubble while also TPTB favorite, James & Lauren was quite pointed as overrated by some members of the Bubble and of course TCOs, Scotty was a Stealth TCO while the Bubble generally pointed him as doing the same over and over again but is quite less offending than Phillip today, and you know the story about Haley…

    So I guess both TPTB and the Bubble got their wishes with this Top 7. 

    Also, just a trivia: Jessica & Joshua are both seated in chairs (Joshua might sit in order to feel comfortable while he’s sick). Mr. & Ms. American Idol 2012? Haha.

  • Anonymous

    Oh man…I am soooo happy to hear the news about James performing Higher Than Heaven!  That is the best song on the CD I think (except for some of the bonus tracks like Crawling Home).  So happy that the record label listened to the fans on this one instead of pushing Love Me Bad more.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    I’ve got to admit it will be nice seeing both performance slots taken up by former contestants.  Yay!  I’m interested to know what next week’s theme is!

  • Anonymous

    I am sooooo excited that James will be singing Higher Than Heaven!!!  He’s going to rock that stage and wake up that place!!  You go James!!

    I’ll probably do the dishes or something equally as exciting when Jennifer is on.  I see enough of her on Weight Watchers commericials. 

  • Anonymous

    Only looking forward to JHud.  James really sucks as a rocker…. he’s a wannabe.

  • justmefornow

    Higher Than Heaven is the perfect song choice for Idol. James sings it well live, it’s heavy, but melodic, with great personal lyrics. Definitely one of the better songs on the album, although all are really good. Can’t wait for next week!

    On another note, has anyone found a video of the NA performance last night?
    Saw Haley’s, would love to see James’.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Not yet, but that’s probably because it was good rendition, it’s usually the bad performances that get posted online quickly.

  • justmefornow

    LOL you are so right!
    Hopefully one surfaces soon.

  • Anonymous

     But unfortunately we are getting an unlikable performer in the form of our Idol alum next week with James!

  • http://twitter.com/charliebrizzle1 peter peterson

    talented season, any of these 7 and even deandre could have beaten lee dewyze

  • Ringo

    Haley got the bird cage, I wonder what foolishness Jame will have to suffer.  I’m guessing that he’ll get the full treatment from Grease’s “Beauty School Drop-out” including the flying angels and loads of cloudlike fog for “Higher than Heaven.”  “Cue the wind machine!”

  • Anonymous

    I will enjoy seeing both JHud and James!
    BTW I couldnt help but notice the press release wording. JHud is performing a new single & James is performing a new song – no mention of it being a single. Hmmmm…. I wonder if it will be sent to radio?

  • Anonymous

    Usually I watch this show PVR’d so I never have to listen to Randy Jackson. But if James is performing next week I’ll have TWO reasons.

    I’m glad Deandre went home this week, it was time.  I keep hoping Hollie will have one of those HOLY CRAP WHERE DID THAT COME FROM performances and just blow everyone away, but she may be running out of time.

    You can add me to the list of people that is shocked that the gender split is so even at this point in the season. We might get a horse race after all.

  • Anonymous

    I also have had enough of Jennifer on the WW ads. I have to leave the room. For me she’s the type of singer that is better in small doses. I felt the same was when she was on Idol. I’m glad about her acting career however. Next weeks show should be entertaining with lots of energy. Glad about James song choice as it’s my choice also. I wasn’t going to buy James CD, but I heard my stepdaughters and decided to buy it. My husband and I both love it. Who knew.

  • Trina

    LOL James usually asked for all his OTT staging and got it because Nigels luurves him. If he gets some OTT stupid staging it will likely be because he asked for it.
    eta: Yes I too noticed they dont called HTH a single. There was a poll on his FB page recently asking fans what song he should sing on AI so I’m not convinced they’ll try and push this to radio.

    Considering James current album sales and his poor single sales, I think its best to hope he gets a respectable boost before predicting the song will shoot up to the Top 50 on iTunes. The level of sales boosts idol alums get are all over place.

  • Anonymous

    Unlikeable to you, not to everyone! 

  • http://twitter.com/RyanCaravana Ryan Caravana

    My theme wish list 

    GRAMMYS – songs of the year
    ROCK
    2012 HITS
    SOUNDTRACKS

  • justmefornow

    Great visual images, lol.
    If he’s smart, he’ll play it straight up, no crap, like a rock band should.
    He’s not controled by Interscope or Jimmy, so unlike poor Haley, he can do what he wants.
    Whatever it is, I’m sure it will be interesting.

  • Anonymous

     No one is unlikable to everyone lol

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Haley could do what she wanted as well, interview yesterday confirmed that. She wanted to Glam it up, so she chose to do so. I loved her performance and the staging. 
    BTW, 13 of 14 writes or co-writes on her Album, seems Jimmy I lets Haley do what she wants.
    I’m hoping James will do well.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    I bet there’ll be lots of pyro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Yes LMB topped that poll but a fan noticed that none of the peeps who voted for LMB were actual fans, they didn’t recognize anyone that was a member of an FB fan group while all those who voted for HTH were members of actual fan groups. James was DMd about the matter and their plot was foiled. HTH was the real fan choice.

  • justmefornow

    I like Haley too. I just assumed the dumb bird cage thing wasn’t her idea, oh well.
    Her single is just meh for me but I will definitely check out her album as well.

  • Anonymous

    Why would they act any different than two male performer.  They each are altogether different from each other in looks, personality, dress and performances.

  • Anonymous

    Higher Than Heaven has been a fan favorite from day 1.  Every fan who saw that poll knew that something was drastically wrong, there is no way his fans would choose Love Me Bad to be sung on Idol, no way. Anyway, I do think James will get another single but I think they are still undecided which way to go with which song. Maybe they are going to see what kind of reception Higher Than Heaven gets. I think it’s really smart of the record label to listen to James’ fans – like someone said the other day – maybe the record labels should always listen to the fans more when choosing singles.

  • Anonymous

    Yikes – two screamers on the same show – will have to get my earplugs out!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Wind-up’s track record with promo concerning James is really slow. I’m not expecting them to send HTH to radio immediately or maybe they’ll just throw it out there without promo like what RCA does with Daughtry’s rock singles. James will probably be too busy to visit the stations personally anyway as his tour kicks off the same night. But generally rock artists have to earn airplay by winning over new fans live – if your tour generates buzz, radio will play your songs. And we can forget about CHR or HAC, HTH is too heavy for those formats.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    The Bird Cage is memorable, I think that is why she went with it, love it or hate it, people will talk about it. As far as the songs, I saw her last Friday, and her songs, “Now That You’re Here” and “Hit The Ground Runnin” got great reception from the crowd, a lot of new listeners. “Free” really didn’t get a huge response, but NTYH especially had people clapping and dancing by the first verse. Same with “HTGR”. Very catchy tunes. 
    I think Durbin fans, heck most Idol fans, can relate to a weaker single being put out first than followed up with a better song later. I think James has a plan for this week he has probably been brewing up since the gig was announced and will do exactly what he wants to do. Should be fun to see:)  

  • Anonymous

    Very happy about about HTH, my only other two choices would have been “Outcast” with Mick Mars as a guest, or “May”, which he always performs extremely well.  I’ve had his album since November and it’s still at the top of my playlist, looking forward to his next album, hopefully much harder rocking (like a couple of his bonus songs), but I’ll take anything, it’s his vocal power that draws in a lot of his fans.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    ITA with everything you said!

  • justmefornow

    People did talk about the bird cage, so I guess it was memorable. lol.
    Those other songs sound good. I agree about the weaker single being put out first. What’s up with that? That happens a lot.
    I’m just glad James will be singing HTH, the staging is all just icing on the cake!

  • Anonymous

    You just made my day-Thank you! Higher than Heaven is one of my favorites
    can’t wait!!!!!!!  (although I would of loved “Old Macdonald” if James sang it)

  • Anonymous

    “Yes LMB topped that poll but a fan noticed that none of the peeps who
    voted for LMB were actual fans, they didn’t recognize anyone that was a
    member of an FB fan group while all those who voted for HTH were members
    of actual fan groups. James was DMd about the matter and their plot was
    foiled. HTH was the real fan choice.”

    That sounds so James Bond-ish – LOL! But it’s true. I checked that out as well and none of his fanclub regulars were voting for HTH. That doesn’t mean he doesn’t have fans that aren’t in his facebook groups – he has many more than that! But it was weird enough to arouse suspicion. And that is one of the advantages of James being so close to his fans and following them on twitter. They can DM him, and do, when something like that comes up. He DMs them right back, and in this case he was already all over it I believe. James knows his fans well. He knows who all of us are that post here at mjs – LMAO!! He is one tuned-in dude. I’m happy he is singing HTH. I agree with the poster that said it might not be a supported single to rock. It’s not an HAC song. I wonder if they will release another HAC song?
    Well, I know so many of his fans are ecstatic he will be singing one of their favorite songs for Idol.

  • Anonymous

    “Higher than Heaven” is the best song on his album, so that should be good- though they are saying “song,” not “single” so I don’t think it’s going out as a single, just a song being sung.  It’s certainly the best choice and will give his album a short boost.

    I love the J-Hud song so I am looking forward to that and I am sure she and neyo will give quite the performance.

  • Tess

    Well, it looks like I won’t be watching another results show….at least two of my least favorite Idolettes are on the same show so I get two out of the way for the price of one.

  • Anonymous

     happyhexer,

    I am one of the few who actually LIKES LMB, but also realize that it’s not a favorite of many, and Higher Than Heaven is so much better a fit for James, plus knowing how personal the lyrics are, makes us so excited for THAT to be the one he gets to perform on the Idol stage next week. I don’t like all the negativity towards LMB, but everyone has a right to like or dislike it. :)

    I’m just so dang thrilled to know he will be on that stage next Thursday and believe he and his band will blow the roof off! Next week is exciting for them, too, in that it’s the Golden Gods Awards on Wednesday night, where he will be presenting, as well as a nominee for Best Rock Vocalist, and then Thursday on Idol, and HIS SPRING TOUR KICKS OFF IMMEDIATELY AFTER!

  • Anonymous

    ANYthing other than LMB would be cause for rejoicing, especially HTH!!!!  Good job, fans!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Can’t wait to see James on Idol again. Glad to hear he is singing Love Higher Than Heaven even though Crawling Home and Back for More are my favorites. I just love him.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Doug Brown Talks About Working with James Durbin

    “I wrote the song ‘May’ a while back. I had played it for Howard Benson, who was recording our album and he also did James’ new record. When James was looking for songs, Howard told him to listen to that song, and they both loved it. I couldn’t be happier with the way that James sang it! It just made the song come to life, so to hear a song that you wrote sung by a guy of his caliber was really awesome, and a true privilege,” Doug acknowledges.

    http://markospapadatos.suite101.com/interview-with-doug-brown-from-safetysuit-these-times-a400533 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/DJ4FPAE2BM4XDCNVQITJSS3S2Q Sue

    Next week will see two former Idols perform on Thursday’s American Idolresults show. Jennifer Hudson will perform herThink Like a Man single with Ne-Yo and Rick Ross. James Durbin will also bring his band to the show, but he’s keeping his number under wraps. “We’re actually making it a big surprise,” he told me yesterday. “But we’re definitely going to rock it. Take that into account. I always try to put on a real show, so we’re definitely not going to shy away from that.”
    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/04/jennifer-hudson-james-durbin-returning-to-idol-next-week/1#.T38d46sthfE 

    Oh James the cat’s outta the bag now, can’t wait to you what you and the guys do next week!

  • Anonymous

     Ain’t it th’ truth! And thank goodness in most cases the likability factor outweighs the unlikability – for all artists.  :)

  • Anonymous

     You think? LOL

  • Anonymous

     I usually mute my TV when someone’s on that I don’t like – or just walk away for a few minutes. No sense torturing oneself. :)

  • DragonFly

    Ok, now I’ll have to go back & get the “front row seat” of Walmart Soundcheck AGAIN!  James & his band do them up quite well on there.  Does the show say in advance who the guest performers are going to be–just curious if anyone knows?  Hope they perform it similiar to the WS video above–lyrics, James voice, great tune & talented band could be all it takes to get the job done well.   James gig though– his stage. 

  • callmecrazy

    o/YESo/JAMESo/ 

    Oh but I wish he would be singing ‘May’….Oh how I heart that song.o/

  • Indigobunting

    I agree.  I love every song on the album too.  It is a really good ROCK album and one of my favorite Idol albums, along with Daughtry #1 and Gokey.  James is a true rocker….with the bonus of a good voice.  Not always consistent live, but very good recorded and good job on a well done album.  I really like LMB, but I think he will entertain no matter what he sings and you know he will put his all into it ;)

    Like JHud as an actress, but singer, so so.

    This will be the first Idol show I watch this year; haven’t been watching up until now, not for any particular reason, mostly just too busy/burnt out on reality TV.

  • callmecrazy

    Oh wow, in the group pic above, Colton looks like one of those people that just bust in on a pic taken when no one is looking.    Then after, everyone is like…WHO DAT?

  • Anonymous

    I think the order to sing HTH came from Nigel.  If he’s a fan at all, he knows what a disaster LMB could be, with little chance of it being any better than not terrible.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I’ll definitely be muting when James is on.  I wasted too much time being offended by his pitchiness during so many of his live promotional appearances for his new CD.  His performance might be visually amusing though.  lol

  • fuzzywuzzy

    That’s only true of the successful artists.  

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “First time EVER that I’ve liked all top 7 contestants!”

    First time EVER that I haven’t had a favorite in the top 7 contestants!  lol

  • Anonymous

     Not necessarily. I’m sure there are many likeable artists who might not be  considered successful. Just as there are many successful artists who aren’t likeable. Success is all relative anyway.

  • Anonymous

    I will be cranking my TV up when James is on!

  • http://twitter.com/DrumminDurb ;)

    James is gonna tear that stage up. Can’t WAIT!!! 

  • Valentin432

    Nigel Lythgoe@dizzyfeet
    This week’s #AmericanIdol theme is “This Decade.” In other words 2010/2011/2012.

  • Anonymous

    JHud and JDurb….my fave female and male singers currently alive..lol

  • justmefornow

    James singing NA last night at the Staples Center. WOW.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICou4H2t5nM

  • Anonymous

    OMG!  The NA is fantastic…same key as 2 years ago, or whenever it was.  I swear, James is the Caruso of our time!!!

  • Anonymous

    He killed it like I knew he would, very nice job James!

  • DragonFly

    NA – absolutely AMAZING! & that crowd knows it!   Thank you Heidi (& Hunter) for bringing this to us:  The video & JAMES!

  • Tera2

    Its good that James gets to perform on idol and more will know he released a CD. He made a good CD too.  And I really like Jennifer Hudson’s new song that she’s performing.  I like that both perform same day on idol – Jennifer was my favorite her season, and James my 2nd favorite after Pia.

  • Anonymous

    OMG James That was fantastic-the best national anthem -absolutely fantastic!