James Durbin and Chris Rene Mix it Up at Warriors Game (VIDEO)

James Durbin and Chris Rene sat across from each other last night at the Santa Cruz Warriors home basketball game. Afterward, the two hit the court to goof around and pose for fans.

“American Idol versus X Factor,” is how the Warriors announcer introduced the duo, who both hail from the California beach side town.

Watch the video below.

Via The Patch

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  • irockhard

    LOL too funny!

  • justmefornow

    Nice dance off boys. 
    Now how about a sing off?

    (And that article said they hadn’t met before? I’ve seen pictures of them together, one even of Chris in James’ house, lol)

  • Listening

    That’s so cute. 

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

    Cool! These two are born entertainers

  • girlygirltoo

    Cute :)

    What is the Santa Cruz Warriors, though?

  • waitingforthe1

    James has amazingly good social skills for someone with ASD.  

  • justmefornow

    Some more pics from the game from the Grind out Hunger organization that James and Chris are both associated with:


  • justmefornow

    They are the members of the D-League (development league) of the NBA, which is kinda like the minor leagues of MLB. The Santa Cruz team is the team associated with the Golden State Warriors. 

  • irockhard

    He does though it took time to get to the level he’s at. I remember reading one of his interviews where he said when he was a teen he could barely carry a conversation.

  • irockhard

    Other James news:

    James Durbin

    Mid-January live chat will hopefully be the week of
    January 13th-19th. I will be in NYC that week doing more writing for the
    new record#hits


  • irockhard

    The SC Patch article says that they might perform together (probably locally), that would be cool. Hope it happens and we get some good vids from Larry.

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

    I would like Idol to bring back more alumni than the winner and/or runner-up.  If they have an album charting, that should be enough to get air time and promote sales.  Hope James does well!

  • DB987

    Idol brought back both Haley and James as well as Lauren and Scotty last year but as new alumni get added it gets harder  but I hope James is having enough success to warren t a return this year.

  • irockhard

    I would like to see James perform on S12 and we asked him about it his last live chat. He said it depends mostly on if he’ll have a suitable single to promote. James appears to be going further into hard rock/metal with his 2nd album and the Idol viewers are not his target audience. Though he did debut a hard rock song when he performed on S11 and that gave him a massive sales bump, so I guess he was still popular with that crowd despite his heavy musical leanings. There aren’t too many other alums who’ll have new stuff to promote around spring 2013. (Off the top of my head: PP & Scotty – definitely, Jessica & Colton – probably, Lauren & Jordin – maybe). Only 3 alums from S11 were signed and a bunch of Idols lost their record deals, so James has a good chance of getting a slot if he wants it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5HGXDY5SA4QJRME7OQJXRJYE4M James M.

    One wears his clothes too small.
    One wears his clothes too large.

    I wear my clothes just right.

  • DB987

    Actually Lauren has spent the last 4 months or so writing as she toured etc.  She is spending all of January recording the new album no touring just recording.  I am guessing she will have a single to promote by March or April with the album out by May.  I would guess Scotty is on a similar track.  Sounds like Jordin will be ready in that time frame also. They always like Adam and David.

  • irockhard

    For Lauren a single around that time is doable, an album might not be. I’d say more likely summer, maybe even fall. It depends how far she’s in the recording process. I hope she does get the new album out as quickly as she can though.

    Last I heard Scotty is gearing up for a summer release, but should also have a single out by spring. The desired time frame has been pushed back apparently.

    I’ve only heard of Jordin returning to the studio very recently, like the beginning of this month. For her I expect a single to be ready by that time but not an album.

    Cook’s recently moved to Nashville and will begin writing full time soon, from what I’ve heard. But from what I understand he seems to be concentrating on a songwriting career – writing songs for other artists.

    Lambert might still be touring Europe/Asia at that time. His album didn’t sell well and his 3 singles flopped, so he won’t have anything to promote then. It’s actually very likely that he’ll lose his record deal very soon, if he hasn’t lost it already.

  • mjsbigblog


    Stay on topic please. Let’s keep this post focused on James and Chris.

  • roarpen

     Cute video. How did Chris Rene do with his album? I do think the poster is right that said they have met before. I read that they first met at the home of their mutual publicist, Ken Phillips, in LA but they have seen each other since in Santa Cruz.

  • DB987

    Sorry forgot what thread we were on MJ.

    Anyway hope James can get a slot next year on idol.

  • girlygirltoo

    Chris released an EP, not a full album, back in October. It has not sold very well. There was an article not too long ago that gave the sales numbers for the XF S1 people. The info was posted in one of the sales threads on here.

  • justmefornow

    Interesting item, potentially James Durbin related. 
    Sixx A.M. just announced they will have a new album out in 2013 also, and plan to do some live shows.
    I guess James Michael will be working on their album and James Durbin’s at the same time. 

    Who could be a GREAT opening act for some live shows, hmmm……..


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  • iluvai

    ha ha, love that photo!!