Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rocker James Durbin Performs "Living For the City" for the American Idol Top 11 Show

American Idol Season 10's 'Rebel Rocker' James Durbin brings down the house with his rousing performance of "Living For the City" by Stevie Wonder. It was 'Motown Week' for the Top 11 Idols. James picked "Living For the City" because, "Stevie was saying there was hope."

Producer and Interscope Chairman Jimmy Iovine praises James' talent, and groups him with some of the world's greatest Rock Gods. "James doing this song is very important, because this is where guys like Mick Jagger, Robert Plant and even our own Steven Tyler get their soul from, their influences from. If James gets this right, it could be his moment in the sun." Well, James shows he's got soul. He commands the stage with just the right amount of swagger. And who knew? When James sings soft and tender, rather than belting out Heavy Metal and screaming, his voice is absolutely gorgeous!! Just listen to the first four lines of the song. A-MA-ZING!!! Even his screams are pleasant. I liked James before, but after this performance, I'm a die-hard FAN! The crowd goes wild, and the judges can't even speak for all the yelling and cheering for James. Jennifer Lopez cheered, "Oh my God, oh my God! You are serious business up there. It's just an incredible thing to watch. You leave me speechless; that's not easy to do. Wow." Randy Jackson said, "When it started it was a little bit rough for me." Wait a minute Randy! Were we listening to the same performance?? He sang those first lines beautifully. Then Randy added, "When you finally hit your pocket, and you hit your stride, it was unbelievable. There's something about those high notes...when you start hitting them, that's when you build your confidence. I love the note you ended on." Steven Tyler had nothing but praise for James. "I think sometimes it takes a little bit of being crazy to make a difference in this world. You are great. Your voice in incredible. The song was perfect for your voice. You nailed it."

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