Saturday, April 30, 2011

American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist Stefano Langone?

Stefano Langone was chosen as a top 11 finalist for Season 10 of "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, Langano is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

Langone auditioned for "Idol" in Nashville, singing a howlingly soulful version of Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine." Immediately, the judges compared the then-21-year-old singer and piano player to Bruno Mars and "Idol" Season 7 finalist David Archuleta.

"This kid could be on the radio right now," Randy Jackson exclaimed after a Langone performance.

The crooning comeback kid of "Idol" Season 10

After a near-brush with death in a May 2009 car crash with a drunk driver, Langone spent several months in a wheelchair. Paramedics carved up the car to remove him, and surgeons place plates and screws in his left arm, right wrist and left pelvis. The fresh-faced singer rolled up his sleeves in his first "Idol" audition, boldly displaying scars from the accident.

"They told me that I wouldn't be able to walk or write or be the same" the young singer explained. "I got on my feet in less than four months."

A year later, in May 2010, Langone was arrested near Seattle for driving under the influence, failing breathalyzer and field sobriety tests administered by the Washington State Patrol. He was released on bail and ordered to take an alcohol and drug class.

Fresh-faced future pop star

Born February 27, 1989, in Kent, Washington, Langone graduated from Kentwood High School and attended Bellevue College.

Saved as a judges' wild card to make the "Idol" finals, Langone has several years of formal singing training. His vocal work has focused on a capella, classical training and jazz. Langone credits Stevie Wonder and his own father Ernest Langone as musical influences. His favorite artists have included N'Sync, The Three Tenors and Ella Fitzgerald.

The baby-faced heartthrob and songwriter revealed that he has dreamed of singing at the Super Bowl and at the Grammy Awards with his father since he was a child. His grandfather Don Langone owned San Jose's Langone Music Store, where he offered music lessons.

His mother proved her personal prowess, becoming a culinary favorite of the Season 10 finalists by whipping up a home-cooked Italian meal in the "Idol" mansion. Although "Hell's Kitchen" celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay dissed her cooking on-camera, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest and Langone's fellow contestants raved about the authentic dishes.

During the early weeks of Season 10, Langone sang Mars' "Just the Way You Are," Smokie Norful's " Need You Now," Wonder's "Lately," Simply Red's version of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and Lionel Richie's "Hello."
source:Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist Scotty McCreery?

Scotty McCreery sang his way into the Top 11 finalists for Season 10 of "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, McCreery is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

The country crooner traveled from North Carolina to audition in Milwaukee for "Idol," singing Josh Turner's "Your Man" in his deep baritone.

Judge Randy Jackson responded, "I love that you're a throw-back country guy."

Steven Tyler added, "Well, hellfire. Save matches. F--- a duck, and see what hatches."

The teen with the deep voice and deep roots

At 17, McCreery astonishes audiences with his mature vocals. Having honed his pipes under the direction of Garner Magnet High School choral director Meredith Clayton, he brings his own easy listening flavor to everything from Motown classics to his favorite country tunes.

McCreery credits several artists as musical influences, including Johnny Cash, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty and Hank Williams. Other inspirations include Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, John Mayer, Tim McGraw, Frank Sinatra, Turner and Elvis Presley.

Judy and Mike McCreery have recounted their son's spot-on childhood Elvis impersonations, including one Halloween when he politely responded to candy handouts. "Thank you. Thank you very much," the boy quipped.

The clean-scrubbed teen says he dreams of one day performing at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry, and he probably will, especially as his new agent is on the ball.

Intriguingly, he admits he still listens to The Jackson 5. However, McCreery says his favorites include Reba McEntire, George Strait and previous "Idol" winner Carrie Underwood.

The baseball pitcher with perfect pitch

A high school varsity baseball pitcher, grocery store clerk and confessed horse lover, McCreery has said he relaxes after singing by watching television sports. He loves to dig into down-home fried chicken and biscuits, along with a big glass of sweet tea. The sweet Southern boy has probably enjoyed such rural repasts since his early days, as he was born October 9, 1993, in his current hometown of Garner, North Carolina.

Having started guitar lessons at age 10, McCreery enjoys plucking out country favorites, particularly since Gibson Guitars presented the "Idol" finalists with custom instruments.

In the early weeks of Season 10, McCreery sang John Michael Montgomery's "Letters from Home," Brooks' "The River," Travis Tritt's "Can I Trust You with My Heart" and Stevie Wonder's "For Once in My Life." Although he forgot the words to Lee Ann Womack's "I Hope You Dance" during the Hollywood rounds, McCreery seems to have waltzed right through with his confident baritone and his uncomplicated cheerful attitude.
source:Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist James Durbin?

James Durbin earned a Season 10 top 11 finalist spot for "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, Durbin is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

Overcoming personal challenges to vie for the "Idol" title

Durbin tried out for "Idol" in Nashville, rocking the audition room with Led Zeppelin's "You Shook Me" and following up with a wailing blast of Aerosmith's "Dream On." It was a gamble, with Steven Tyler at the judges' table, but it worked. Tyler called him "crazy good."

The 22-year-old California rocker, sporting a faux hawk and a ratty tail, snatched hearts with his sound and his story. Durbin lives with Tourette's and Asperger syndrome, a high-functioning type of autism. His own father, bass player Willy Durbin, died of a drug overdose when Durbin was nine.

"When I sing, it just all goes away," the talented performer revealed. "I don't have a care in the world."

Immediately, "Idol" watchers compared the prodigious voice to Season 8 finalist Adam Lambert.

Recently married to Heidi, mother of his son Hunter, Durbin confirms his love of rock and metal. With little formal singing training, he points to Ronnie James Dio, Steve Marriot, Freddie Mercury, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and Tyler as musical influences. His record collection includes plenty of rock legends, as well as "Beavis & Butthead," Disney's "Hercules" soundtrack, Swedish rock and even Patti LaBelle.

Durbin has said he dreams of performing with Tyler and also doing his own version of George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps," which he sang in December 2008 at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz.

Wrestling and jamming keep Durbin in tune.

A self-confessed adrenaline addict, Durbin is an avid professional wrestling fan. Hulk Hogan surprised the "Idol" finalist, appearing onstage with Durbin and fellow contestant Paul McDonald March 24 during the Top 11 results show. Afterward, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest tossed the star-struck Durbin the ripped tee shirt from his own idol.

To unwind, Durbin jams to tunes like Aerosmith's "Walk This Way," Judas Priest's "Breaking the Law" and KISS' "Black Diamond." Gibson Guitars presented the finalists with custom guitars on March 21.

Despite his forceful stage presence, Durbin is known as soft-hearted. Born January 6, 1989, he grew up in Santa Cruz, California. As a teen, he starred in local musicals, such as "Beauty and the Beast" and "West Side Story" to help his single mother Judy Settle-Durbin support the family.

In the early weeks of "Idol" Season 10, Durbin sang Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Judas Priest's "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," Paul McCartney's "Maybe I'm Amazed," Bon Jovi's "I'll Be There for You" and Stevie Wonder's "Living for the City."
source:Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist Lauren Alaina?

Lauren Alaina was named one of the top 11 finalists for Season 10 of "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, Alaina is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

A country singer with a story

Lauren Alaina Suddeth auditioned for Season 10 in Nashville, singing Faith Hill's "Like We Never Loved at All." The 16-year-old country singer with the long two-toned locks won hearts with her story of her cousin's inspiring battle against brain cancer, and the judges invited her family into the audition room.

Alaina followed up with an impromptu duet of "Don't Wanna Miss a Thing" with "Idol" judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, and the judges quickly labeled her the best they had seen in Nashville.

"I think we found the one today," Tyler said afterward. "We found her. Oh, yeah, we did."

Randy Jackson compared Alaina to two previous "Idol" winners, Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood.

A down-homer with heart

Hailing from Rosswell, Georgia, Alaina nicknamed fellow Georgian and "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest a Georgia peach. Tweeting about her personal pratfalls and troubles with cell phones and other technology, the down-to-earth Alaina has attracted a loyal fan base.

"I'm original and unique, and I can just belt it out whenever someone needs me to," Alaina posted on her own website.

Alaina's hometown friends and fans organized fund raisers to send her cousin Holly Witherow and her aunt Kim Witherow to the Top 11 audition night of "Idol," where Alaina offered her countrified rendition of The Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On."

Her country roots run deep. Born November 8, 1994, in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, Alaina began singing as a toddler and never stopped. She credits her cousin Holly as both a big sister figure and a musical inspiration.

Alaina is a sophomore at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School. Before joining "Idol," she worked in a local pizza parlor and sang at local gatherings. She has hinted that she has had a boyfriend cheering her on in her "Idol" journey.

A confident "Idol" finalist

Alaina has claimed to own an unusually diverse collection of albums, including Justin Bieber and Miranda Lambert. Alaina points to "Idol" champ and country star Carrie Underwood as a major personal musical influence and fondly recalls seeing Sugarland live in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as her first real concert.

With no formal singing training, Alaina performs with a powerful punch and a country flavor. She has admitted that she dreams of performing at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry someday,

In the early weeks of Season 10 "Idol," Alaina sang Reba McEntire's "Turn on the Radio," Shania Twain's "Any Man of Mine" and "Melissa Etheridge's "I'm the Only One."
source:Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist Jacob Lusk?

Jacob Lusk was named one of the top 11 finalists for Season 10 of "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, Lusk is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

Gospel choir singer Lusk auditioned for "Idol" in Los Angeles, singing The Temptations' "Papa Was a Rolling Stone" and following up with Sam Cooke's "A Change is Gonna Come."

"We've been waiting for you," gushed "Idol" judge Steven Tyler on-air. Later, during the Hollywood round, Randy Jackson dubbed Lusk's cover of Billie Holiday's "God Bless the Child" as the best-ever audition in the history of "Idol."

The crooner from Compton

With no formal vocal training, the 23-year-old African-American singer, church music minister and spa concierge points to his own late father as his primary musical influence. Lusk says he dreams of performing at the Hollywood Bowl and would love to sing with "I Will Always Love You" with Whitney Houston someday.

His favorite recording artists include Yolanda Adams, Aretha Franklin, Kirk Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Amel Larrieux and Luther Vandross.

In 2007, Lusk auditioned and joined InNate Praise, a gospel group formed by the late "Nate Dogg" Hale that gave concerts at Los Angeles County churches. The two became close friends, leading to Lusk's recent Tweets of grief over the artist's death.

Born June 23, 1987, in Compton, California, Lusk began singing as a child. In addition, he enjoys acting and playing the piano. On Twitter, he calls himself an "actor, singer and songwriter who delivers from his soul." Onstage, his expressive deliveries and earnest tears prove this to be true.

The teddy bear with the giant voice

On "Idol," Lusk has become known as much for his prodigious vocals as his cuddliness. Offering one of his more memorable quips, Tyler said this to Lusk on the show: "Gospel had a baby, and they named it Jacob Lusk."

After his Top 11 performance, Tyler climbed on stage to give the R&B and gospel singer a hug and a kiss. Then host Ryan Seacrest invited fans from the audience to step up to hug the finalist.

In the early weeks of Season 10, Lusk sang a Vandross version of Dionne Warwick's "A House Is Not a Home," R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly," i-TEN's "Alone" and Marvin Gaye's "You're All I Need to Get By."

After Lusk performed "A House Is Not a Home," Tyler exclaimed, "I'm honored ... honored to be in your presence. You make me cry when you sing. I don't know where you get it from, but I will bathe in it."
source:Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist Casey Abrams?

Casey Abrams was named one of the top 11 finalists for Season 10 of "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, Abrams is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

California singer Abrams auditioned for "Idol" in Austin, Texas, playing the melodica and singing Ray Charles' "I Don't Need No Doctor." The bearded redhead won the "Idol" judges over immediately.

A one-man band with a bluesy appeal.

The 2009 graduate of Idyllwild Arts Academy, Abrams has studied music at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The 20-year-old multi-talented musician plays several instruments, including accordion, bass guitar, guitar, keyboards, sitar and upright bass. He has already written several songs and scored a few films, while playing in local jazz venues.

For his own musical influences, Abrams points to Bobby DeFrancisco, Ray Charles, Marshall Hawkins, Wynton Marsalis, Oscar Peterson, Queen, Frank Sinatra, James Taylor and Lawrence Welk. His tastes in music have included Freddie Mercury, Esperanza Spaulding, Tenacious D and more. He has said he would love to perform Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Abrams was born February 12, 1991, in Texas. His family moved to the Chicago North Shore suburbs when he was a child, relocating later to Idyllwild, California. As an Idyllwild Arts freshman, Abrams is rumored to have attended prom with fellow "Idol" contestant Julie Zorrilla.

His father Ira Abrams is a film production teacher at Idyllwild, having formerly taught at Columbia College of Chicago. His mother Pam Pierce co-founded CineStory, an American screenwriting organization.

Joining "Idol" finalists through two surprise events.

Initially, Abrams did not plan to try out for "Idol," but he happened to be visiting his uncle Steve Pierce in Austin when the auditions came to town and decided to go for it. Recognized early as a front runner, Abrams faced elimination on the March 24 Top 11 results show until the judges exercised their one save of the season to keep him on "Idol."

Abrams has ulcerative colitis, an inflammatory bowel disease, which resulted in two hospitalizations during "Idol" Season 10. The blues bassist Tweets about loving horses and avoiding recreational drugs.

In the early weeks of the competition, Abrams sang Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You," Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help from My Friends," Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" and Marvin Gaye's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine."

America has a Casey Abrams on each coast.

"Idol" finalist Casey Abrams is altogether different from the Boston-based folk singer of the same name, who performs as Casey Abrams and the Mysterious Strangers. That Casey Abrams, a Southerner now based in Boston with training in jazz guitar and music composition, actually sounds more like Don McLean or Paul Simon than the soulful rocker of "Idol" Season 10.
source:By Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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American Idol Profile: Who is Season 10 Finalist Haley Reinhart?

Haley Reinhart was named one of the top 11 finalists for Season 10 of "American Idol," the popular Fox Television musical contest and reality TV show, in 2011. As such, Reinhart is listed for the 2011 "Idols Live" nationwide tour.

Reinhart tried out for " Idol" in Milwaukee, singing The Beatles' "Oh, Darling." The pretty songbird with the dark blonde curls and the big smile had auditioned in Chicago for Season 9 the previous year, but the judges had advised her to return for another try.

It worked. "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez even likened Reinhart to a young Stevie Nicks. Although Reinhart barely slipped by the Hollywood round and found herself in the bottom three for a few results shows, she is developing a loyal fan base.

A musical heritage

The 20-year-old Illinois singer and pianist is the daughter of two musicians. Her father Harry Reinhart is a singer and guitarist with two bands, Midnight and Traffic Jam. Her mother Patty Reinhart, previously with The Company She Keeps, also sings with Midnight. The two met 30 years ago through the band, which covers rock tunes from the 1960s and 1970s.

Reinhart and her younger sister Angela write songs together and occasionally sing with Midnight. In fact, Reinhart has sung with the band since she was eight years old.

Born September 9, 1990, in Wheeling, Illinois, Reinhart is a Midwestern gem. Graduating in 2009 from Wheeling High School, Reinhart toured in Europe with her high school jazz band, performing at the 2009 Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.

Having studied music at Harper College, Reinhart has said she is considering pursuing additional studies at Chicago's Columbia College.

A potpourri of performance styles

Reinhart blends a rare variety of musical genres, performing blues, classic rock, disco, funk, oldies, pop and more. "Idol" audiences have found her growling or yodeling in various songs.

She has said she dreams of performing Etta James' "At Last" and that she would love to sing with Elton John one day. Reinhart has had just a few weeks of formal vocal training, she credits her parents as musical influences, exposing her to countless genres.

Her favorite artists include an eclectic mix of Aaliyah, Christina Aguilera, Duffy, Avril Lavigne, Estelle, Alicia Keys, John Lennon, Ziggy Marley, Janelle Monae, Corinne Bailey Rae, Esperanza Spaulding, Britney Spears, Amy Winehouse and Stevie Wonder.

The talkative Reinhart, who is learning to Tweet, says she loves Mexican foods like guacamole and tacos and that a personal highlight of "Idol" Season 10 was meeting Kelly Clarkson, the first-ever "Idol" winner.

In the early weeks of "Idol," Reinhart sang Keys' "Fallin'," Le Ann Rimes' "Blue," Whitney Houston's "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and The Miracles' "You've Really Got a Hold on Me."
source:Linda Ann Nickerson, Yahoo! Contributor Network



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Thursday, April 28, 2011

American Idol's PIA TOSCANO Sings While Mark Ballas Dances on Dancing With the Stars

Pia Toscano, American Idol Season 10's most shocking eliminee, performs "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders on Dancing With the Stars. Mark Ballas, the man seen about town on Pia's arm, and Karina Smirnoff perform a dance routine.




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American Idol's Haley Reinhart Belts Out "Beautiful" on the Top 6 Show

Haley Reinhart, American Idol Season 10's Sexy and Sassy Torch Singer, belted out "Beautiful" to the delight of the audience. "The Songs of Carole King" was the theme for the Top 6 Show. This is actually a broader theme than at first thought, as Carole King wrote songs of many different genres. Plus, the mark of a truly genius songwriter, "A mastermind of song writing," according to Haley, is the ability to re-arrange their songs into whatever genre you choose...James Taylor-like for Scotty McCreery or Jazzy for Casey Abrams. Haley choose "Beautiful" saying, "It sounds really Beatle-esque to me. It's groovy, and uplifting at the same time." In changing the arrangement of the song, Babyface said Haley "caught on really quickly. That’s the sign of a good artist."

Haley Reinhart takes the stage, looking "Beautiful"! Her self-confidence is really improving, and Haley really commands the stage now. Great arrangement; the song sounds very current, and great phrasing. Really of great choice of songs to showcase her range and huge vocals. Amazing ending. The audience goes wild. Being the final song, this memorable performance will garner Haley a ton of votes. Steven Tyler exclaimed, "Haley you are as beautiful as all that song is. I just saw God. I heard God in your voice. You just nailed it now. You did, yes you did." Jlo praised, "Beautiful. You have one of the best voices in this competition. Amazing." Randy Jackson, the contrarian, added, "I didn’t love the beginning, but I loved the end. The git was good, but the end was where I got a little bit more excited."






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American Idol's Casey Abrams Jazzes Up "Hi-De-Ho" on the Top 6 Show!

Casey Abrams, American Idol Season 10's Jazzy Sexy Beast, turned the Idol stage into a cool, smoky Jazz Club to perform "That Old Sweet Roll (Hi-De-Ho)". The theme for the Top 6 Week was "The Music of Carole King". This is a much broader ranging theme than it seems at first, as Carole wrote songs in many different genres. And, the songs of a genius songwriter can be arranged in many different ways...Rock, Jazz, Country, Blues, etc. "Hi-De-Ho" was originally by Carole King, but was made popular by Blood, Sweat and Tears in 1970. Casey "choose a difficult song that takes pure, 100% personality. We had a lot of fun rehearsing this song," Jimmy Iovine said about Casey and Babyface's jam session. "When you have a song like this, the melody is ambitious. So that means every note counts. Casey is the type of artist that thrives living on the edge of creativity. He's always pushing his boundaries. And when you do that, you can fall on your butt, or rise to the heights," Jimmy added.

No worries, Jimmy. Casey Abrams rose to the heights again! And we're not watching American Idol on our TVs, we're sitting in a very hep, dark, smoky Jazz Bar, where Casey is the headliner. Casey is in his element! UM! He's jamming and interacting with the musicians, completely comfortable in his skin. No problem with confidence here. Casey is full of swagger! The hot blonde saxophone player is back...and even she gives it up for Casey at the end of the song. The audience really got into the vibe, and even the three judges were clapping, enjoying themselves. Randy Jackson raved, "You know what I love, Man, every time you always keep the show different, bring in a different thing. It was like the song was written for you. What a range of songs we got going on here. Scotty doing a James Taylor kinda rendition. You doin' a Jazzy-Bluesy...It took me back to New Orleans, where I'm from. I was like, "This is The Casey Show & Review." I’m excited every time you’re up there, because I know I'm going to see something different and entertaining. I applaud you for that." Steven Tyler added, "Casey, Man, you definitely found your niche. You really work the stage well. It’s the best mother…loving show I’ve seen. It was beautiful. You made my scalp itch, it was so good." Jennifer Lopez praised "You were definitely in your element with the musicians, playing the piano. The whole thing really, really worked. I’d like to see you loosen up a little bit in your body. It feels like you're holding it in a little tight. Everything is so perfect about you, and you're such a musician, and such a great vocalist with such a special voice. Just loosen up your legs a little bit." (Sorry JLO, not everyone can have those dancing, Latin-Hips like you!) "Less growl," added Randy.






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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 CĂ©line Dion, Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Prince, BeyoncĂ©, 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.

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