The lights dimmed for American Idol sensation James Durbin when the 22-year-old failed to capture enough votes to stay in the fight for the finale, after the results were announced on an episode that included performances by Lady Gaga and Jordin Sparks.
Durbin's departure came on a week that featured songs written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Song's that inspired the American Idol contestants were showcased in a double-dose performance by the Top 4.
Leiber and Stoller, who were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, have a record catalog that spans sixty years of hits that include enduring songs like “Hound Dog”, “Love Potion No. 9”, “Kansas City”, “On Broadway”, “Ruby Baby” and “Stand By Me.” According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bio "their vast catalog includes virtually every major hit by the Coasters, along with the Elvis Presley hits “Jailhouse Rock,” “Treat Me Nice” and “You’re So Square."
From the Leiber and Stoller vault, James Durbin's high energy performances included both "Love Potion #9" by The Searchers and Journey's "Don't Stop Believin" but American Idol fans stopped believing in the talented young artist, who has struggled in life with both Tourette’s and Aspergers syndromes, as previously reported by Digital Journal.
Durbin, who is the father of one child and claims Paul McCartney as one of his personal singing idols, found himself on the bottom of the fan voting this week, leaving Scotty McCreery, Lauren Alaina and Haley Reinhart to compete for the coveted title of the next American Idol.
The Top 4 were mentored this week by Lady Gaga who performed on the results portion of the show along with Enrique Iglesias and Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks.
American Idol fans were also entertained this week by the world premiere of Steven Tyler's latest video "It Feels So Good" before James Durbin gave his farewell performance of "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney. Durbin was unable to control his emotions after being eliminated and left the Idol stage, for the last time, with tears running down his face.
In other Idol news, American Idol has announced the 2011 tour schedule, featuring the Top 13, and a few of the Season 11 audition dates, new dates will be posted on the official website.
American Idol reminds fans and Idol hopefuls, that the Top 4 all got their start at the auditions as 'just another face in the crowd."