The American Idol Top 7 can’t wait to hear Jennifer Hudson and James Durbin perform this week and also anticipate singing songs from this decade. They share their excitement in a short video from AmericanIdol.com

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Q&A: James Durbin – “It’s really cool, especially coming off a show like ‘American Idol,’” Durbin told SoundSpike. “It comes with pop. When you think of ‘Idol,’ you think of bubble gum pop and everything that comes with that. I really stayed true to who I was. That’s who I am again. What you see is what you get. My faithful, my fans — The Outcast Army — are behind me all the way. It’s great to be accepted in the rock industry as much as I am. I couldn’t have asked for more. That’s what we’re here to do. We’re here to work our asses off and be accepted completely. That’s the plan.” – Read more at SoundSpike

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SNEAK ‘GLEE’-VIEW FROM DARREN CRISS & MATT BOMER – Glee” returns from its winter break tonight, with a lot of questions to be answered: Did Quinn survive that crash? Will Rachel and Finn still tie the knot? And what about Coach Sue’s baby? We can’t tell you the answers to any of those questions – no spoilers allowed!! However, we can reveal that “White Collar’s” Matt Bomer will be guest-starring, and he made things very interesting for “Glee’s” Darren Criss. (Click on the audio player to hear Darren Criss) – Audio at FOX All Access

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  • Nick

    Bieber? Honestly? Who’s going to be judging X-Factor next? Suri Cruise? Just announce it already Simon!

  • Anonymous

    I like James – but where is the “bubble gum pop” on Idol?  Almost everyone pretty much stays true to who they are on the show.

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    I have known about Tony Lucca for four years now, and he has been around even longer than that. It is still a shock to the senses that he is doing this show. As much as I liked Christina being more critical last night, as much as I agree that Tony may not have the range as some of his competitors, Tony has been doing almost as long as she has. Just because his name is not as bright in lights like fellow alums Britney and Justin, does not mean he is just some substandard talent. Dude has been paying his dues, and has been making better pieces of work than the pop dreck Xtina has put forth this past decade. 

    Christina may know what she is talking about, but she clearly has no clue just how deep his depth of music really is. Honestly, Tony Lucca is more of a musician and credible music artist than Xtina ever was. 

    I really appreciate this interview, and I’m sorry Tony has faltered in some respects on this show, but if people really check out his music, they will see how talented this man truly is, and, before this show, was tragically underrated. 

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    I don’t know what the hell James is talking about. “Bubble gum pop” is almost disrespected at times in the Idol bubble, barely anybody that has a true mainstream pop field makes it far on the show. Jessica Sanchez is almost a miracle in how long she is lasting, getting away singing Whitney twice. It is more of the alt rock feel these past few years that dominate the show, along with some strong tides with country music. Didn’t James see who won the show his season? Has he seen the past few winners? Or has proclaiming to have watch the show before would ruin his rock credibility?

    I liked James during the live shows, but post Idol, some of his interviews and performances made me realize why I didn’t like before top 24. 

  • Anonymous

    I guess we can safely say Lisa won’t be winning this season.  But her whole act is based on racial slurs, so I doubt there will be a backlash- that’s one of the reasons she is famous.  It is very offensive, though and Dayana has a right to call her out on it.

    And no- James doesn’t know what he is talking about- but when has he ever?

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    I think that the Idol = bubble gum pop meme is popular in a lot of rock circles, and I can see how they keep thinking that because they don’t watch it. I am just a tad disappointed to hear it from someone who was actually on the show. Did he forget the jazzheads on his season, or the gospel dude, or the afrocentric neo-soul chick? Did he not meet that parade of alum from multiple genres that stopped by, including an Americana folkie with dreadlocks? Or do none of them matter because the show didn’t clear metal for you? Oh James. LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YYRRCZL5KSSZAHDXW26V5DXFYM indigo

    LOL James,Idol is the reason you have record contract and don,t have to struggle as an ex pizza delivery guy who didn’t have enough money to buy diapers for his baby. You sound ungrateful to the show who kick started your career.

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

    If you talk to someone who isn’t an Idol fan, which is now kind of 85% of people, they will describe Idol as being a pop cheesy show. James description is more a fact than an opinion. And it has nothing of ungrateful. The problem is that many people refuse to accept they like a  pop cheesy reality show;

    There are many contestants that say they never liked Idol and were there to take advantage of the show as the show took advantage of them. It’s a fair trade, I guess;

  • Anonymous

    I have never seen one Idol that need to toot his own horn as much as James Durbin.  

  • Nele621

    Selling over 50 million albums might give Christina a tad bit more credibility than Tony.

  • Nele621

    How is it 17-year old eighth place finisher, DeAndre is so much more gracious and appreciative than 23-year old fourth placer James.

  • Trina

    Eh that interview is a good example why my James fandom has taken somewhat of a nosedive, well that and his hideous new blonde hair. Now I just roll my eyes. 

    James description is more a fact than an opinion. And it has nothing of ungrateful. The problem is that many people refuse to accept they like a  pop cheesy reality show

    I embrace cheesey pop. I LOVE cheesy pop.  Idol may be cheesy but it hasnt produced a pop star in years so I still dont view it as a pop show.Wow i already disliked Lisa but wow. I get that shes an insult comic, but racial slurs crosses the line. And this coming from the idiot who was offended a woman was called a bitch and whore last week? Pot meet kettle.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    James needs to take a page from the Idols who are making it in the music business.   I liked the advice Adam gave to the kids on the Hub show, that it pays off to be nice to everyone you come in contact with, cause you never know when one of those people can help you.   They certainly can hurt you.   Pretty sure Simon,et al don’t take kindly to even subtle criticism.   Once again, James needs a filter, stat!

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Eh. He didn’t say “pop cheesy”. I mean, “I love this cheesy show” is right at the top of this blog! We all know it is cheesy. LOL

    What he said is “bubblegum pop”, which I take to mean this is a show where the contestants only sing empty pop songs that are teen oriented. I have heard that concept of the show expressed before that Idol is only for female “tweenies” and their speed dialing crushes and the alumni only go to sing Disney type pop songs. So all I’m saying is that anyone who has been on the show and seen who shows up to see the tour should know that’s not quite what is happening. LMAO.

    That said, I think the interviewer was just trying to give him props for finding acceptance in rock as opposed to pop or country.

  • Anonymous

    Just imagine if he wins that award.His head may explode.

  • Anonymous

    Some of you are seriously misreading James’s comments and all of his true fans know how extremely grateful he is to American Idol.  I can’t remember how many times in interviews he’s said he would still be playing in dive bars in front of a handful of people if it wasn’t for Idol.   As far as the pop image that American Idol has, even Kelly Clarkson will agree wholeheartedly with that assessment, and everyone knows about her famous struggles with the artistic direction given to her by 19 – and she’s not the only one.  One thing about James that I find refreshing is that being an aspie, it’s actually almost impossible for him to conceal or withold his true feelings like many neuro-typical people do.  19 still manages James but even they are well aware of the image issue because so many of their Idol artists have struggled and that part of the answer lies in giving Idols more artistic freedom so they can survive in the industry.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    I hope James never finds that elusive filter, his comments make for great entertainment. 

  • escape

    I liked the advice Adam gave to the kids on the Hub show, that it pays off to be nice to everyone you come in contact with, cause you never know when one of those people can help you.

    Well, Adam’s also had his share of putting his foot in his mouth – remember the infamous sweaty, smelly fans comment?

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

    @DurbinRock·in  one year, I’ve had everything I’ve ever dreamed of happen. Thank you @Heidi_Holiday thank you @dizzyfeet & thank you @WWE

    Does it really sound ungratefull? maybe he doesn’t have a filter and can’t use the correct words, but ungrateful he isn’t for sure.

  • Anonymous

    One could say then that what James does is bubblegum rock – makes as much sense.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jo-Crawley/1193150385 Jo Crawley

    How did I know ‘that’ part of James’ interview would be the one highlighted in the headline thread, sigh!  James has stated on numerous occasions that he is very greatful to idol for what it has done for him yet people continue to proclaim he is ungrateful. James has aspergers yet people continue to say he needs to  get a filter (maybe google will help you understand) and maybe that is the reason a 17 year old seems (to some people) more gracious than a 23 year old too. James said their plan is to work their asses off to get accepted in the rock industry – is that not knowing what he is talking about, seems to me he knows very well. James will always say things that upset some  people, hell Kris Allen managed to upset lots of people at times for what he has said or tweeted and he has to be one of the nices guys around, all a matter of perception I guess.

  • Anonymous

    I am a Latina and I know that is Lisa Lampanilli’s type of humor. She is like the modern day Don Rickles. Rickles has softened his humor, but in olden times he used to really let it rip.

  • Anonymous

    Problem is (if there is a problem – some apparently think it’s just being honest), James appears to be making a career of it.

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’m no fan of James, but I agree with Shindig! His lack of filter is amusing to me. :P

    His comments make total sense to him and his fans seem to always understand where he’s coming from too. They are seemingly never offended, haha. So it’s no skin off my nose. Carry on, James Durbin.

  • Nele621

    Well, Adam’s also had his share of putting his foot in his mouth – remember the infamous sweaty, smelly fans comment?

    I don’t remember the context of that comment, but I do remember he got slammed really bad by some writers for that. I haven’t seen any articles slamming James, just a few posters, for his many inappropriate comments.

  • justmefornow

    Idol has ALWAYS been cheesy bumblegum pop! lol It’s a reality TV show!
    It’s just less popular cheese as this season’s falling ratings show.
    This is probably why most Idols don’t have a lot of success getting their songs played on radio, no matter how much they sell.

    Hell, most people I know, don’t watch the show, or have stopped watching the show, and think it’s a joke.

    I still consider it, however, my guilty pleasure. :)

  • getgetaway

    But there is some truth to what James is saying.  Idol has never been a serious singing competition. In fact, the best singer, the most artistic performer usually do not win. 

    Idol has always been more about going after mainstream Middle America. It’s no surprise that in 10 seasons, they’ve never championed a jazz singer, a CCM artist, someone who sings opera, someone who sings the standards, or even a RAP artist.

  • kurst

    this is the best part of the interview Durbin has felt the love from the Revolver Golden Gods awards, which take place April 11 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Slated as a presenter, Durbin is also nominated for Best Vocalist along with Sebastian Bach, Black Veil Brides’ Andy Biersack, Evanescence’s Amy Lee, Five Finger Death Punch’s Ivan Moody and Korn’s Jonathan Davis.

  • justmefornow

    I’ll bet you a MILLION DOLLARS those fellow nominees of James think Idol is bubblegum pop cheese too! lol
    The fact, coming from Idol, James is nominated with them at all is a freakin miracle!

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’m indifferent to James’ opinions and he can think what he wants, but I feel like the “Idol doesn’t accept artistry!” argument is moot and often used by those that still have a chip on their shoulder over not winning.

    Had he won, would he be saying that Idol is just a bubblegum pop show? Probably not. That’s my only bone to pick, personally. Had things gone his way and he succeeded at bringing “metal/real rock to Idol” or whatever his ambition was, he probably would not make the statements he does. So it does seem a bit like a sour grapes rebuttal.

  • Indigobunting

    Danny Gokey coming up on the Opry this next half hour, probably around 8:30 CT.

    http://www.wsmonline.com/

  • Trina

    The fact, coming from Idol, James is nominated with them at all is a freakin miracle! 

    Not really. James is likely nominated for the same reason why he made that “Greatest Living Rock Star” list in Revolver, the editor watched that cheesy show and as a result became a big James fan.
    Amy Lee, Sebastian Bach, etc can think whatever they want of AI. The difference is their career wasnt launched from AI.

  • Anonymous

    I like James – have dl’d most of his studio tracks and admired his pre-Idol vids, but this “I’m the real artist” – unlike, I guess, the other contestants, is just a bit much at his stage of the game.  Not attractive.

  • justmefornow

    You are right, James is lucky Giest tuned in.
    I read an interview that said he was told there was a metal kid on that season so he tuned in and became a fan of James and watched because of him.
    But to think he regularly watched Idol is kind of amusing. lol

  • Anonymous

    Being supportive of the show that gave you your “big break” is always the classy approach.

  • Anonymous

    I love American Idol, but let’s face it – it is an extremely corny show at times.  I work with a bunch of 20 somethings who refuse to watch Idol for that very reason (and laugh at me for liking it and getting invested in the contestants so much).  Idol’s wholesome image, the silly group dances and performances (still can’t get over the number where they made them all dress in matching red suits on tour – they looked like the Brady Bunch), the sometimes silly coronation songs (like “I Love You This Big”) - those are the things that a lot people think of when they think of Idol.  Even after they are off the show the Idol bubble expects them to remain wholesome, be politically correct, not swear, be forever grateful, dress properly, etc.  But with a lot of hard work, they can hopefully succeed in proving themselves outside the Idol bubble.
     
    And some of us embrace the cheese.  :D

  • http://twitter.com/desireechick kesia monteith

    There has been lots of people who don’t deserve to win Grammys, that have won Grammys. Marc Broussard would have killed Taylor Swift on American idol. Nikka Costa makes more substantial music than Chris Brown. Guess which one has won Grammys, and which didn’t? I think Rihanna is a joke, and she sells loads of singles and albums. Don’t we always question J.Lo judging a singing competition because she is not a very good singer herself?

    I can’t deny her credentials or her album sales, or her huge singing voice. She is a better singer than Tony. But to belittle a working musician, who has produced some solid work in his time, while she has produced music which has received mixed reviews, just kinda pissed me off. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    ” “It’s really cool, especially coming off a show like ‘American Idol,’”
    Durbin told SoundSpike. “It comes with pop. When you think of ‘Idol,’
    you think of bubble gum pop and everything that comes with that.”

    Not really, James.  I would say that when most people think of Idol they think that it’s a karaoke competition.

    And, please someone, tell James that Howard Benson is a Grammy-nominated producer, but he has not won a Grammy.

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    Eh. It’s semantics.  It is all in what you think of the phrase “bubblegum pop”. I think New Kids On The Block and The Jonas Brothers and Selena Gomez and The Monkees. Idol is a cheesy karaoke show that doesn’t like to deviate from well known hits, but I don’t think of Motown, The Beatles, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Queen etc as “bubblegum”. And its not driven by tweens as much as driven by their moms and grandmas IMO. And contestants do change up songs fairly often, and experienced working musicians from a variety of genres do compete along with aspiring pop star novices. So it is a cheesy show IMO, but more of a cheesy show full of old songs that please grownups, than a cheesy show for hormonal kids looking for new Disney acts IMO. The alumni spread out in many directions, not just straight pop and country, though that’s where the most known alumni are.

    Anyway, James was just being James, and often that is quite entertaining. But since all of them have to fight the perception that they are empty singing famewhore shells devoid of real talent who have not paid any dues I just kinda wish he didn’t feed into that view with his off-the-cuff comments. That’s all.

  • iani

    James has stated on numerous occasions that he is very greatful to idol
    for what it has done for him yet people continue to proclaim he is
    ungrateful. James has aspergers yet people continue to say he needs to
     get a filter (maybe google will help you understand)
    -Jo Crawley

    This is the guy who lost his father at age 9  when maybe he needed him most, got sick, went through all the problems that now he tries to share with as many people he can through his music; got married, a child and responsibilities when many at the same age were maybe partying like in Rebecca Black’s video-song. He may not have the “school of speach and elevated manners”, he has had no time, resources, health integrity to have all of them, but from what I’ve seen till now other than sometimes rock-douchey attitudes and some itchy tongue the soul is there where it should be, with his family, with kids who have same problems he has had, doing “facts” that others at 23 with better resources and good education maybe give less than it would be expected.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Lisa is being pretty cavalier about her comments about Dayana.  She mentioned on twitter that she doesn’t care if she loses some Hispanic fans, and she’s been blocking people who have been tweeting their complaints to her about her racial and homophobic slurs.  What if she had used the “N-word”?  Does she use it?  I’ll bet not, because there would be a HUGE backlash to that, even though in principle, it’s the same as Lisa’s racial slur against Dayana.  I’m sorry, but it doesn’t matter if Lisa thinks that being “nice” in real life gives her an excuse to spew venomous crap in her act, and with young gay kids committing suicide because they are being bullied and called names, I just don’t understand why anyone thinks that Lisa’s “act” is acceptable, let alone funny.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I think that Rickles stopped short of using racial slurs, as least as I remember him.

  • Anonymous

    Anyway, James was just being James, and often that is quite entertaining. But since all of them have to fight the perception that they are empty singing famewhore shells devoid of real talent who have not paid any dues I just kinda wish he didn’t feed into that view with his off-the-cuff comments. That’s all.

    Bingo, it’s as if he really wasn’t present during his season, if that is his perception of his competitors.  I guess he was the only one keeping it real.  

    Every time I see James name now, I pretty much am prepared to eye roll.  He’s got the shit talking down, now he just needs to sell some records.

  • Anonymous

    You can be both grateful and stupid and unthinking.  I am sort of tired of him not having a filter being a cure all for all of the dumb ass things he says.  If he thinks idol is cheesy, I could agree with him.  But bubblegum pop idol is not the same show that Fantasia Barrino won, or Ruben Studdard, Taylor Hicks, and Scotty McCreary.  Every time someone says that he behaves like an asshole, the reply is always that he’s grateful, but unfiltered.  Maybe he should stick to being grateful and shut up.  I don’t like the perpetuation of the myth that idol has a bunch of musical lightweights.  Some very serious musicians have come from this show, and he’s not the first, he might not even be one, as I see his very cartoonish antics as much bubblegum as the show he dissed.

  • Anonymous

    Had to go sorta far to dig up the little nugget from Adam…..

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Lisa was nearly as funny as early Don Rickles.  She’s abrasive, crude, and nasty.  I got an earful when I was the unlucky recipient of some free tickets to a comedy club some years back.  If I weren’t with a group co-workers, I would have walked out.  She used all kinds of stereotypes to fuel her ‘comedy’ routine.  She needs to be called on the carpet for that slur, it’s not funny to me, whatsoever.  

  • Anonymous

    I love James Durbin talking about staying true to himself lol. He is the biggest poser to ever be on the show. Even more so than jokes like Robbie Carrico. 

  • justmefornow

    Wishing the “poser” GOOD LUCK tomorrow at the GGA’s with all the other rock “posers” nominated. lol

    I’ll be watching the live stream!https://www.facebook.com/revolvermag/app_326957207366280

  • larc

    Well, Adam’s also had his share of putting his foot in his mouth – remember the infamous sweaty, smelly fans comment?

    A single isolated incident of foot in mouth is hardly comparable to an entrenched pattern.  There was surprise almost to the point of disbelief that Adam would say something like that.  Likely nobody would even raise an eyebrow if it came from James.

    James should be careful, though.  If that’s his opinion of Idol, they shouldn’t have a lot of trouble finding somebody else who would appreciate the exposure that performing on the show Thursday night would give them.

  • shell29

    I get what James was saying and I don’t see it as an intentional slam or “diss” against Idol.  When I think of Idol, I’m more inclined to think “pop” versus “metal” or “rock”.  Maybe “bubblegum pop” is not a fair description but I don’t really see that as a horrible insult to Idol either.  I also don’t see it as evidence that he’s ungrateful. Yes, the show has produced success stories in different genres but I do think there is still a perception of Idol as a “pop” or “bubblegum pop” reality competition.   I’ll let others debate whether that’s a fair or unfair perception but I don’t have a problem with James if he feels that way.

  • iani

    I love James Durbin talking about staying true to himself lol. He is the biggest poser to ever be on the show.

    I know many people consider him a “poser”, but from MPOV, it’s at least a good quality one, with a little money invested in his career and he’s working pretty hard for “staying true to himself”, I think musically he still “lives” back in time of his father’s musical era he knew it, with all the success and struggles.  I would take anytime what he offers for 15$, music, poser, vulnerability to any cheappy musical extravaganza supported with big money to artificially creates different types of questionable musical “stars”.

  • judes

    Yep James is James . I have heard him say many times that he is very grateful to idol for the exposure but at the same time I feel he was a bit frustrated that he couldn’t have more exposure to the “metal” side of rock on idol. I am sure that he is very grateful also to be able to perform on idol this week .His comments about “bubblegum” pop may not be quite accurate but there is the fact that idols are a bit restricted sometimes in what they are allowed to do on Idol-especially the songs they can perform.

    In any case I’ll enjoy seeing James perform this week & Kris the next week.I am so glad that this year they are giving more exposure to a wider range of Idols -which is great.

  • Anonymous

    Well what Adam said about the fans being somewhat sweaty and little smelly was actually true. While it was factual and not meant to be derogatory it wasn’t very tactful.  I guess you could say that James is also not very tactful and maybe the “bubble gum” part of bubble gum pop just came out with out thinking about it but for me Idol is not “bubble gum” pop. My problem is frequently what James says does not seem factual or that his perception of idol events etc is skewed.   But best of luck to him.

  • Anonymous

    I guess as usual, it’s all in the interpretation.  When I first read that quote from James, I thought he was saying that the general perception from people outside the Idol bubble (and I’m sure he’s talking mostly about the rock community such as other rock bands because those are the people he is trying to fit in with) is that Idol is a cheesy pop show, and he is happy that he has been embraced by the rock community as much as he has already and willing to work his butt off to try to prove himself to them even more.  I saw nothing where he says he is ungrateful for the opportunity, wishes he hadn’t gone on Idol, thinks he’s better than the other contestants, etc. 
     
    Unless I’m misinterpreting some of the comments here, they kind of baffle me too.  Some of the comments here make it sound like the Idol stigma is not real and that Idol does embrace true artists.  But it is very real, especially in the rock community, which generally looks down on the show.  Just the other day Elvis Costello made remarks that put down American Idol.  And Steven Tyler himself said in a recent interview that he would not share the stage with any Idols.

  • tinawina

    Actually I don’t think he’s ungrateful or he was doing anything intentionally. I also think the show is quite mainstream and cheesy. Plus, I agree that there is a widespread perception of the show as corn.

    My point was the alumni have to fight some harsh and sometimes unfair perceptions when they leave and it doesn’t help when one of the fellow alumni seems to reinforce these perceptions. So I wish he could be more careful about what he saying. I get he is grateful to the hard rock community for accepting him but he’s not really the first non mainstream person to ever be on the show or to push the envelope in some way. And they didn’t make him sing nothing but cheesy pop songs while he as there. And it would be nice if that was acknowledged more often by more of these folks.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    I don’t think James was being unfiltered in what he said. It was a concerted effort on his part to distance himself from Idol and establish street cred.

    Thing is, if you follow the link and look at the artwork he looks like a poser. It’s the glasses, the jacket and the gloves. He’s trying too hard. He should emulate the other guys in the band. They look like they dress the way they do because it’s easy, natural and comfortable (basically jeans and a t-shirt but with an emphasis on black attire).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t know what Tony has done outside of The Voice but I do agree with Christina about how he has performed so far on The Voice. He might be this amazing musician but she is not suppose to be judging him on what he has done in the past but what he has done on The Voice. And in my opinion he has not been that impressive. I actually think the guy he competed against in the battlegrounds was better then him and should have advanced.

    I also don’t agree that he is more of a musician or credible music artist than Christina. I think Christina has made some beautiful music that has touched me and still resonates with me.

  • Kylee
  • Anonymous

    James has expressed his gratitude for Idol and his fans endlessly. He has an off-the-cuff-way of speaking, as most of us do. Yes I know he is in the public eye blah blah blah. That and we hold the Idols to a standard just slightly below our ministers and the President – lol. I would not read a disrespect of Idol into a fairly innocent sentence. This article is from yesterday. I doubt it would cause controversy. But, its not as much fun to talk about. 
    http://www.noisecreep.com/2012/04/09/james-durbin-tourettes/

    And this is a featured paragraph from that article.Durbin will serve as a spokesperson for the be a STAR Alliance, an anti-bullying initiative, co-founded by The Creative Coalition and WWE. Durbin is a rabid wrestling fan so the partnership makes sense. Living with Asperger’s and Tourette’s Syndrome and being relentlessly bullied while in school helps Durbin relate to kids on a personal level.

  • Anonymous

    I would not say that James is a bigger poser than most of the rest of us.  We all have a self image of the kind of person we want to be and present that image to the world in dress and mannerisms.  James presents his rocker image to the world because that is who he is in his head were it counts.  He does get into trouble because he is blunt to the point of tactlessness, but that is probably because of his disability.  I think he is doing really well given his problems.  I think he has a powerful voice and I love powerful voices.  I wish him the best.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, page 32:
    His movements, his clothes, everything about him, seemed slightly
    out of place in this assembly. He spoiled the pattern; like Alvin, he
    was an anachronism.

     

  • Anonymous

    “Thing is, if you follow the link and look at the artwork he looks like a
    poser. It’s the glasses, the jacket and the gloves. He’s trying too
    hard. He should emulate the other guys in the band. They look like they
    dress the way they do because it’s easy, natural and comfortable
    (basically jeans and a t-shirt but with an emphasis on black attire).”

    One of the band members acts as his “stylist.” So I guess you have to blame his bassist for James looking like a “poser.” ROFL!

  • Anonymous

    What’s funny about what James said is James’ very existence and 4th place finish on the show basically disproves the entire statement. A bubblegum  pop show would’ve 1) never cast anything close to a metal singer and 2) the audience of said show would’ve never embraced him and voted him all the way to 4th. Not to mention: Ruben, K-Locke, almost the entire cast of season 3, Carrie, Bo, Nikko, Chris D., Taylor, Elliot, Blake, D. Cook, Syesha, Castro, M. Johns, Carly, Adam, Kris, Allison, Gokey, Anoop, every boring person in season 9…. I stopped because I was getting bored.

    Idol is cheesy, yes. Idol can be corny, yes. It’s definitely 75% of the time karaoke. (especially in the early years) But when I think of bubblegum pop, I think Davey Jones, The Osmonds, NKOTB, or anything that appeared on the Mickey Mouse Club circa 1992….. not American Idol. Maaaaaybe, like 100% of the other things James has said, he should’ve just worded it differently.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    The assertion that his bassist dresses him does nothing to change my perception he looks like a poser in the featured artwork.

  • DragonFly

    The Rock world not tuning in or giving much creed to AI–to this point–articles seem to point that out.  Rock Greats being given a hard time for appearing on AI was a clue not all are “AI invested”. Honorable that some had their own direction & went against the grain & stepped up to join in the show last year.  Glad also that there are backers in the Rock Community able to stand up & recognize James for his talent & voice.  He seems to live for “what’s next” & what time should I be there–love the attitude!   
    James conversations, everyone knows by now, are high in praise of fans, AI opportunity, his family, anti-bullying, enjoying entertaining people (SMALL or large audiences bring the band out friendly & gracious), his love of music/performing.. & can’t forget wrestling.  If people don’t see all those as “thoughtful & fun” James, they are digging much deeper than necessary & want to find fault imo. 

     Happy to see the posts from some of the AI staff right now–stating how much fun they are having working with him again (cple more in his Twitter today).   You don’t always hear that about entertainers–that is also a “gift”.  Most who meet/work with James give a positive reaction. 

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Do authentic rockers need a “stylist’?  So James’ wardrobe choices aren’t even his own?  lol

  • Avari

    LOL, James. Get your food groups right. When I think of Idol I think of cheese, not bubble gum.  Which makes those few idolettes who have broken through the cheese barrier (i.e. had success with mainstream public outside the idol fan bubble) even more impressive.
     
    Whatever. I will always give James a pass on his inability to really think his words through before he speaks.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately, the negatives are more interesting to discuss. One misstep could generate lots of opinions. I haven’t kept track, but I’m pretty sure the positive actions don’t get as much attention.
    It’s an uphill battle to keep pointing out all the good things. 

  • koshka

    Well it wouldn’t be PC to do so. 

  • http://twitter.com/eilonwya10 Eilonwy

    Do authentic rockers need a “stylist’?

    It would seem so, since this one listed on Model Mayhem has worked with Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Perry Ferrell of Jane’s Addiction, and several other “rock” clients.

  • http://twitter.com/HaleysShindig HaleysShindig

    Haley Reinhart playing LollaPalooza. How is that for cred? SHINDIG! 
    http://lineup.lollapalooza.com/

  • justmefornow

     Remember what Steven Tyler said to James last year after his ‘Uprising’ performance, “You’d be surprised how expensive it is to look this cheap”. lol

  • justmefornow

    Go Haley!

  • Tess

    After the first 3 lines of the performers list I don’t have a clue who any of these people/groups/bands are until I got to Haley’s name.  Goes to show, to me, that there is a big musical world out there that the Idolettes are trying to become part of and how hard it is for anybody to get “name” recognition, not just the Idols.

  • Anonymous

    Well, James has the right to his opinion, just like we have the right
    not to like that opinion. Considering how quickly most Idol fans
    abandoned Ruben, Taylor and many other contestants,
    maybe James is being smart to shake them first.

    I’ve always had an issue with the ‘should be grateful’ mantra that we
    expect Idols to follow.  Yes, they should be grateful.  But for how
    long?  And how much?  Do they always have to say thank you?  And it is
    just to appease Idol fans who can have unrealistic expectations?

    There doesn’t seem to be a clear-cut answer, so whatever gratitude an
    Idol expresses for the show, I take them at their word.  I don’t expect
    anyone to say thank you forever over one moment in their lives, no
    matter how big the moment is.

    James didn’t invent the Idol lightweight perception.  It’s always been
    there, and will always be there.  No need of taking that up with him.

    As always, it just comes down to whether we like an Idol.  When we do,
    we support them.  When we don’t, we rip into them.  Such is life.

  • everything

    Well, Adam’s also had his share of putting his foot in his mouth – remember the infamous sweaty, smelly fans comment?

    A single isolated incident of foot in mouth is hardly comparable to an entrenched pattern.

    Not sure how isolated; there was also his put down of Susan Boyle.  Of course Adam Lambert is entitled to his opinion, just as James Durbin is to his.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that Durbin is grateful to the show and to his fans, but this:

    ” I really stayed true to who I was. That’s who I am again. What you see is what you get.”

    suggests that everyone else besides him compromised or didn’t present themselves accurately on the show in order to get ahead.

    So I guess I’m wondering how that squares with gratitude to one’s fellow travelers and colleagues who helped support him during his journey, some of whom even came to his wedding, IIRC.  Not to mention that just looking on the face of it, he could see that they were trying to showcase themselves as artists with particular points of view, not pop puppets.

    There’s not having a filter, and there’s deliberately choosing to distance oneself from one’s associates as soon as it becomes convenient to do so.  I’m not impressed by it. 

  • http://twitter.com/tinawinabina Tinawina

    That is fantastic for Haley!!!!!! So proud of her. Not that I had anything to do with it. :-)

    ETA: James had been playing metal for years and seems to know it inside out, I’m pretty sure he really loves it and is not a poser. I also don’t think he was implying other contestants were not real like him. He yaps his gibbers a lot and steps in it often LOL, but I don’t think his intentions are ever really bad. Well, maybe when he was mad at Lambert. Heh. But Lambert steps in it all the time too. And Blake Lewis, Chis Sligh, Kimberly Locke, etc. If they didn’t they wouldn’t be so entertaining. :-)

  • Anonymous

    I wish 19 would give all the money they are losing on James to Kris instead. 

  • Anonymous

    Is that a big gig? I hope they book Kris too.

  • Anonymous

    This is a great booking for Reinhart.  Hopefully people will treat her as the hometown girl made good and give her music a chance.

  • iani

    “There’s not having a filter, and there’s deliberately choosing to
    distance oneself from one’s associates as soon as it becomes convenient
    to do so.  I’m not impressed by it.

    True, and this is why David Cook has found his way to diplomatically show his honest, open-feeling towards his TOML and “distant” himself from the show and all “musical about” AI, even Regie Hamm(the songwriter) has known it. No hard feeling though but this song has made him a name recognition, even after 4 years it is the song that keeps him on radio. James might not have that diplomacy, his “actions” sometimes are harder for him to control, one is “cold” one is “warm” but that doesn’t make him a “person totally to hate”, he has given enough from his human part other than to be judged only for some “Bubblegum pop” jerky thoughts/words towards the AI-show.

    This is great for Haley!

  • Tess

    I suspect that very few peeps outside of a handful of Bubblettes really care how Idolettes feel about the show once the final curtain falls each May.  Not a James fan but I can see how desperately he wants to be accepted by the “hard rock” community of both fans and participants….and if that means using trite phrases to explain the show that got him noticed, well its just part of the fine line he is traipsing right now.

    I would think that those offended by his remarks towards AI probably wouldn’t choose to support him, anyways, and those who agree with him can show their like minds by buying his music and attending his concerts.  For me, being PC isn’t always all it is cracked up to be.  I’d rather people actually show their personalities and are vocal about their own personal likes and dislikes then trying to be everything for everybody.  Life is enough of a fishbowl without having to weigh the consequences before opening one’s mouth…besides, some of the best “quotes” develop when filters are absent.  As long as what one says doesn’t directly “hurt” someone else then who really cares….and if other contestants feel slighted by what James has said they are a little too thin skinned for the music business anywhos, in my opinion.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not a James Durbin fan.  Really.  I wish him well, but I don’t care at all about what he says or does.  Still…  It is my understanding that he has Asperger’s.  If that’s the case, then expecting him to filter himself, or become more tactful, or even just shut up is akin to expecting him to grow taller or change the color of his eyes. 

    Asperger’s affects people differently, so I’m willing to stipulate that there are naturally tactful people on the Asperger’s/Autism spectrum.  James doesn’t seem to be one of them.  There’s probably nothing he can do to change that, or even begin to perceive it.

    Comparing Mr. Durbin’s comments to Mr. Lambert’s seems to me to be a lot like comparing Adam’s shoe size to James’:  It’s *completely* irrelevant.  They are neither of them cut from the most common cloth.  So what?  They are both still wonderfully made.

  • http://aquayers.blogspot.com aquayers

    I totally agree with you,Tina. Bubblegum pop for me is Disney,boyband and all that tween pop stuff (which is my guilty pleasure,I admit). Idol has never been bubblegum pop. Cheesy show for sure,but since Season 7 it had a lot singer songwriter on this show. Season 9 was the peak of it. Every year we got country,R&B,gospel,pop,rock,bit of jazz contestants. So many variety. If this show is bubblegum pop like James said then I would’ve never complained about the contestants or the theme or the songs every weeks since late 90′s bubblegum pop era was the golden era of music for me. LOL

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Not sure why the consternation re a few random comments other than that for some reason James seems to create buzz whatever he says or does. 

    For one thing, in my experience, assuming that the interviewer gets everything accurate is probably wishful thinking. I know I’ve been interviewed many times and I don’t think it’s ever been without a mistake of some sort. So who knows what he actually was trying to say.

    Secondly, he’s often said how much he appreciates Idol so why assume he’s saying anything different now?

    And thirdly, why assume that because he says he tried to stay true to himself, he’s implying that others didn’t? I don’t see that at all.

  • Anonymous

    And thirdly, why assume that because he says he tried to stay true to
    himself, he’s implying that others didn’t? I don’t see that at all.

    THIS!

    And THIS & everything else.

    Not sure why the consternation re a few random comments other than that for some reason James seems to create buzz whatever he says or does.

    For one thing, in my experience, assuming that the interviewer gets everything accurate is probably wishful thinking. I know I’ve been interviewed many times and I don’t think it’s ever been without a mistake of some sort. So who knows what he actually was trying to say.

    Secondly, he’s often said how much he appreciates Idol so why assume he’s saying anything different now?

  • Anonymous

    And thirdly, why assume that because he says he tried to stay true to himself, he’s implying that others didn’t? I don’t see that at all.

    Because he said it in the context of the show being “pop and everything that comes with that,” which implies that there is a pressure to be pop. 

    And because he said then “I” instead of “we” or “contestants” or “the people in my season” which, when following the other statement, leaves a distinct impression that he was setting himself apart.  He may not have intended it, but it reads that way to plenty of people.

    Words matter.  I understand that some people think that having Asperger’s or being a celebrity are excuses for not carefully thinking through every word, but I feel the exact opposite.  It means one needs to try harder to think through one’s statements in advance to consider how they might be read.  Giving interviews is part of the job.  (And if the interviewer isn’t transcribing things accurately, then setting the record straight is also part of the job.)

    Just for the record, that viewpoint has nothing to do with the contestant making the statement.  Crystal Bowersox is one of the few from whom I actually bought the whole album, and I still called her on some interview statements that sounded like a case of special snowflakery.

  • DragonFly

    “I’ve learned that pleasing everyone is too hard, but pissing everyone off is a pc. of cake”  — wasn’t really going to use this so soon (don’t know it’s origin either).  Erased an earlier post of mine & it takes so long to be PC! lol  “Like” many, but this especially:

    “I would think that those offended by his remarks towards AI probably wouldn’t choose to support him, anyways……  For me, being PC isn’t always all it is cracked up to be.  I’d rather people actually show their personalities and are vocal about their own personal likes and dislikes then trying to be everything for everybody.  Life is enough of a fishbowl without having to weigh the consequences before opening one’s mouth…besides, some of the best “quotes” develop when filters are absent.  As long as what one says doesn’t directly “hurt” someone else then who really cares….and if other contestants feel slighted by what James has said they are a little too thin skinned for the music business anywhos, in my opinion.”  My thoughts exactlly!

    Articles read that the Rock community doesn’t invest interest in AI – Rock Greats were ridiculed by some for even involving themselves on the show (applause for choosing their own direction bc they were “loved” by many for doing so).  For those in the Rock business extending themselves to recognize James voice & talent–what’s not to like there.  And this:  “Remember what Steven Tyler said to James last year after his ‘Uprising’ performance, “You’d be surprised how expensive it is to look this cheap”. lol”  What a boring world this would be if entertainers wouldn’t “dress” a role.  James has spent time as someone states in the Rock community & more power to him & GREAT for bringing it on.  Even the “red garb” Idols wore in “Forget You” WAS I’m sure “tongue in cheek” meant to be corny.  If we’d care to bring out a list, who ISN’T up to spicing it up lately. 
    It’s always someone not liking this guys hairdo, this girl’s dress, boots, plaid shirt, slutty look–you might as well go with what you like bc there’s always someone dissing it.

    Also glad to see posts fr Idol (behind the scenes) people who say how much “fun” it is working with James again (cple on his Twitter again).  His thoughtfulness re. fans, AI journey, interviews, his family, love of performing (sm/lge audiences bring out the best in his band), anti-bullying…& WWE of course are on constant replay throughout his interviews.  Thoughtful & Fun–if people want to dwell on perceived attitudes re. James, it will always exist.  To me James is “what’s next?” & “what time do I have to be there!”.  Like his attitude.  James was great to all the contestants last season. Those who have met him generally agree: pleasant & fun!  Etc., etc…..etc.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    Totally agree words matter. But I also know from personal experience that peopel often say things in interviews that are either not what they really meant to say or that can easily be taken out of context.

    Unless you are the kind of person who literally memorizes various answers and just keeps giving them every time – I do know people like that – there are going to be many occasions on which you say things you don’t really mean, or mean to say things you forget.

    That’s why things like using “I” when someone was probably asking him about him, not the entire group, doesn’t come fraught with implications for me. I need the context.

    And I’m not talking re having Asperger’s either. I don’t have it, but I still dread interviews. My preference is interviews done via email where I can write my answers. But even those can be edited! :)

  • justmefornow

    I’ve met him, talked to him, and I more than generally agree… He is one great guy!

  • iani

    It might be true that it’s more than having only Asperger as an excuse. In  James’ case is maybe about his genes too, the musical environment and circles he grew up, how to talk eloquently is not really a rock-virtue, lol. I’m pretty sure when James met David maybe they talked in some “special words” too about the show and not only “let’s put together a song”, lol. I think the link with the song I’ve put it earlier for “poser” reason, it might fit here too, “live is life” as James being part of the course of being too “live” for the life sometimes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    If you talk to someone who isn’t an Idol fan, which is now kind of 85% of people, they will describe Idol as being a pop cheesy show. James description is more a fact than an opinion.

    pop culture cheese describes the show, which isn’t what James is referring too.  James is making the assinine claim that all the people EXCEPT HIM (of course) who come off the show produce bubble gum pop music which is bullshit.

    There hasn’t been even one straight up pop singer win this show.  Kelly is the closet they’ve gotten and she hardly makes what anyone would call bubble gum pop music.  Two back to back R&B singers followed Kelly then a country belter.  Next up was Taylor Hicks who can’t be put into a genre really and came Jordin Sparks who is Pop with an R&B flare.  Ever since season 7 it’s been a succession of alt-rock/HOT AC/country men strummin their guitars in their flannel shirts and jeans with David Cook launching teh WGWG hell we’ve been in for the last four seasons. 

    James needs to learn how to STFU and just be happy he’s got a career thanks to Idol.  Everytime he opens his mouth is manages to disrespect or insult someone.  That’s not part of his disability either, that’s part of his personality, he’s a douche.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    Well, Adam’s also had his share of putting his foot in his mouth – remember the infamous sweaty, smelly fans comment?

    you’re diggin back to 2009 and a comment that Adam joked about the fans being a little sweaty and a little smelly after standing out in the sun all day for the idols on tour and comparing it to James’ CONSTANT put downs of pretty much every from Idol and in music in general who isn’t “rawk”?  that’s a bit of a stretch IMO. 

    @DurbinRock·in  one year, I’ve had everything I’ve ever dreamed of happen. Thank you @Heidi_Holiday thank you @dizzyfeet & thank you @W@WWE:disqus WE

    that’s nice that he thanks the people who have helped him along his journey but that doesn’t negate the fact that he’s almost always putting himself above everyone else as the only artist to come from Idol who ‘stayed true to themselves’  Sorry, I’ve heard the songs on his album, they are HOT AC rock and nothing more, just like Daughtry and Cook. 

  • shamrock

    James was just following MJ’s advice “Keep it to “I-statements” and you should be safe”. ;)

    When he is interviewed about his music, his album, how he was accepted by the rock community, I don’t weigh every word and crucify him for some clumsy wording and/or forgetting to switch from “I” to “we”. Any claims that he meant to diss his fellow idols are pure speculation/interpretation IMO (unless you are a psychic and can read James’s mind ;)) and not as factual as some people like to claim they are. (Actually it’s quite funny that now he is suddenly dissing people by omission, before it was always “James, talk for yourself and keep others out of the equation” ) Several fellow-idols attended his wedding, I guess they wouldn’t have come if they thought he was this bloated-ego, douche-tastic putting-other-poeple down persona some see.

    Lastly, I am glad that I am not being interviewed for a living. I would suck like hell. I can hardly speak on an answerphone without tripping over my words and/or forgetting to let my name and phone number. So, I can understand very well if something comes out differenty than it was meant or if some disclaimer has been forgotten to made.

  • shamrock

    This is the guy who lost his father and musical inspiration at age 9 
    when maybe he needed him most, got sick, went through all the problems
    that now he tries to share with as many people he can through his music;
    got married, a child and responsibilities when many at the same age
    were maybe partying like in Rebecca Black’s video-song. He may not have
    the “school of speech and elevated manners”, he has had no time,
    resources, health integrity to have all of them, but from what I’ve seen
    so far, other than sometimes rock-douchey attitudes and some itchy
    tongue, the soul is there where it should be, with his family, with kids
    who have same problems he has had, doing “facts” that others at 23 with
    better resources, good education and healthy-life maybe give less than
    it would be expected.

    I think this posting deserves a full quote. Thank you, iani – and I completely agree, whatever “faults” he may have, I am conviced his heart is at the right place.

    Off-topic:
    How come you know “Opus” and “Live is Life”? The band being from my neighour-country Austria, it has been played almost to death here some odd 25 years ago… but now, it actually awakes nice memories. LOL.

  • iani

    Off-topic:
    How come you know “Opus” and “Live is Life”?

    Well, it might sound lame but it’s true and I would recommend it, lol. I was listening to it a lot(it was a new summer “hit”) back in 1985 and then my son was born and he could just stop crying listening to it because of the beat and all na, na, nas. It was like his “lullaby” and it brightened up my life a lot back then; you can’t forget something that it was “good” for you sometime in the past :-).

  • Anonymous

    “pop
    culture cheese describes the show, which isn’t what James is referring
    too.  James is making the assinine claim that all the people EXCEPT HIM
    (of course) who come off the show produce bubble gum pop music which is
    bullshit.”
    Well, I’m so thankful that you so fully understand all of James words and the motives behind them – lol. 

    Watching Marilyn Manson and others at the Revolver Golden God awards while writing this. Idol pretty much looks like bubblegum all around compared to what I’m watching right now. 

    As per James in general – It’s all point of view. You see a douche – bag where I see someone who is diagnosed with a disorder that makes him socially clumsy who also happens to sing like crazy and is an icon for others with “Invisi-disabilities.” 

    I think I’m going to save some of the descriptions I read about James from those who are not yet fortunate enough to be knowledgeable about his disabilities. Hopefully in the future I will look at those descriptions as relics from a thankfully bygone era. When I think of what used to pass as humor for those with physical disabilities I shudder and I’m sure no one I know would be caught dead being disrespectful and insensitive to someone who can’t walk, is blind or has some other recognizable disability. There was a time – though it makes me sick – that people used a word that starts with N to describe another race. Some still use a word that starts with F to describe someone’s sexuality – distasteful, disgusting and nauseating in my view. Hopefully the “invisi-disability” movement will be able to create the same level of awareness about Autism and other baffling disorders that aren’t easily understood. At any rate, I’m pretty sure that 10 years from now the descriptions I read on a regular basis referring to James as a douche for just being who he is will be considered as shockingly distasteful as calling out those I’ve just described. For those who are inside the invisi – disability world, calling James a douche for behavior that – actually isn’t bad for even someone who is neurotypical – is akin to using the N-word or the F-word descriptions. It betrays one’s lack of knowledge. But we aren’t there in general society yet. 

    Differences, in abilities, in sexual preferences, in religious viewpoint imho deserve respect and recognition. But that is just me.

  • Anonymous

     STANDING “O”!

  • shamrock

     Just wondering, are you from the states or from Europe?

    I know of some songs from the 80′s era of Austria and Germany that have crossed the pond as Falco’s “Rock me Amadeus” or Nena’s “99 Luftballons (99 Red Balloons), but I was never aware if/that Opus had an impact.