Thursday, April 28, 2011

American Idol's James Durbin Brings Down the House with “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” on the Top 6 Show!

James Durbin, American Idol Season 10's 'Metal Head', brought down the house, again, singing “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”. "The Music of Carole King" was the theme for the Top 6 Week. James is doing a love song, dedicated to the mother of his son Hunter, and fiance, Heidi. "I think it's about time," says James, "No marching band, no flaming piano. I believe I can put on just as big as a show just by being myself." Gotta love this guy's confidence, on-stage bravado and passion! Babyface, the R&B and Pop record producer, musician, singer and songwriter, praised, "James came in and played the song, straight down (i.e. almost acapella), and I was blown away." This is huge praise indeed, coming from the genius Producer who received three consecutive Grammy Awards for Producer of the Year and who has produced and written music for Céline Dion, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Prince, Beyoncé, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Janet Jackson, Michael Bolton, Paula Abdul, Dru Hill, Fall Out Boy, Eric Clapton, Lil Wayne, Pink, TLC, and Phil Collins among many others. "Carole King and James Durbin were made to come together. James Durbin is 100% a child of Rock and Roll. This sound and this feel is why I got into music. What happened in that rehearsal hall was so intense, and so exciting, that I just hope it happens tonight on the show," exclaims Jimmy Iovine.

Yes, Jimmy, it happened on the show! There was no need to worry. James' performance was so intense, so amazing. He began the song acapella, and proved to everyone that he can sing...anything! James just gained a whole army of new fans who may have thought of him before as "That Metal guy." "Yes Mom, that really is the 'screaming Judas Priest Guy' (her words, she's 72) singing wonderfully acapella!" His voice is incredible...huge range, perfect pitch, and he can hold a note seemingly forever. Plus, James' arrangement made the song current and a little bit Rock and Roll. The audience absolutely loved it, and even all three judges were applauding and making whooping noises. Rocker Steven Tyler raved, "That was good. I really liked the beginning of that. You had me sold on it right at the beginning. It was so beautiful. Then you broke into the Rock part, and I didn't like it at first, and it grew on me. That's the first song I ever made out to a girl with. It was in a bowling alley, and I didn't strike out." Jlo praised, "I thought from the beginning it was magical. You are going to be the star of the night. It was amazing for me. Since we started the Top 13, James has had a strong week every single week. He has not blown one week. Consistency is going to win it." Randy Jackson also raved, "All night, I've been saying, "Who is in this to win it? Who's really trying to do it, bringing it hard?" What I loved tonight, is you turned the other cheek. Because tonight, you weren’t just a great rock singer. Tonight, you proved you were a great singer. And that's the most important thing. That was one of the best performances of the last couple off months. That was incredible. THIS GUY MIGHT JUST WIN THE WHOLE THING!! Crazy, crazy, crazy. RIGHT HERE...JAMES IS IN THE HOUSE!!" Host Ryan Seacrest, who almost never gets in on the judging, exclaimed, "You know you have to be good to make it to Hollywood. You've got to be great to make it week after week. And now, it's about becoming a Super Star. And that is what you're doing, Man. Congratulations. Randy makes a big call tonight. Calling James possibly the winner!" I think we now know who the producers want to win. Ryan hasn't been this obvious about the PTB's preferences since his long drawn out "RUUUUUUUUUUBBBBBBEEEEEEENNNNNNN STUUUUUUUDDDDDDAAAARRRRRDDDDDD"s.

Pre-Performance Video



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