James Durbin rocked it tonight on American Idol. Singing a duet with Judas Priest, the Heavy Metal Idol gave fans a taste of what his future album might sound like. Since his shocking Idol elimination a few weeks ago, James Durbin has hit the interview circuit talking about what the future holds for him.
One controversy, that American Idol fans can’t stop talking about is his feud with Adam Lambert. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Adam dissed James Durbin saying: “I think he’s got talent and passion 100 percent, but I feel like he’s trying way too hard.
“Also, his niche is so limited with the metal. When he did that ‘Heavy Metal’ song (by Sammy Hagar), James Durbin was note-perfect. He was on pitch, which is usually kind of an issue, and I think he sounded really good, but it felt like a copycat. I didn’t feel like I was seeing an original artist yet. And I’m not saying he doesn’t have that in him, but it hasn’t been showing.
Speaking to MTV at the time, James Durbin a Capricorn dude reacted to Lambert’s comments. “I was nothing (but) nice to that guy,” James said. “And, you know, he decided to take it to a different level. Whatever.” In a recent radio interview, James Durbin said he thought Lambert threw away his rock fan base by focusing on glam instead.
Now that Scott McCreery has been crowned the new American Idol, the producers can start dishing out the other record deals. Of course, James Durbin is at the top of their list. One other item he will be checking off his bucket list is getting married.
During the American Idol interviews, James Durbin regularly talked about his girlfriend Heidi’s saving influence, with whom he has a beautiful baby boy. He tells PEOPLE he’s ready to start the wedding planning: “Stefano [Langone] will be my best man; Paul [McDonald] will be a groomsman.”
James Durbin also revealed his reason for auditioning: “Looking back, I auditioned because we couldn’t afford diapers – and I don’t think have to worry about affording diapers now.” Astrochicks agrees, we think he’s going to be a HUGE rock superstar.
Next stop is the American Idol tour, stay tuned.