Christopher Duffley Overcomes Blindness and Autism

By all accounts, Christopher Duffley didn’t have a fighting chance. Born in May of 2001, Duffley’s biological parents tested positive for Oxycontin and cocaine, contributing to a premature birth. Weighing in at less than two pounds, Christopher was born permanently blind (detached retinas), along with a myriad of other health problems, requiring a seven-month hospital [...]

David Byrne: Another Talented Individual with Autism

One of my favorite bands of all time is Talking Heads, the American New Wave band formed in 1974 in New York City and active until 1991. David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison comprised the band that fused elements of punk, art rock, avant-garde, pop, funk, world music and Americana. Frontman and [...]

James Durbin in American Idol Voting Controversy?

In what could be reminiscent of the 2000 presidential election, there has been some Internet chatter about a potential American Idol voting controversy involving James Durbin and Lauren Alaina and the possibility that some votes intended for Durbin were accidentally funneled to her instead. Typically, when the Idol field is narrowed to a handful of [...]

Another Potential Star with Autism Emerges

In what seems to be an emerging trend in reality TV competitions, another potential star with autism has been born from the fifth installment of Britain’s Got Talent. Eleven-year-old James Hobley appeared last night from Manchester, England and blew judges away with a dance routine that would have made Mikhail Baryshnikov proud.  Hobley, who admitted [...]

Child Prodigy with Autism Wows and Inspires

Leading up to April’s Autism Awareness Month, much media attention was given to an incredible young man by the name of Jacob Barnett, a 13-year-old with Asperger’s Syndrome who has a tested IQ of 170 (higher than Einstein’s). Deemed a child prodigy, Barnett was attending Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and taking advanced astrophysics classes [...]

James Durbin Overcome with Emotion on American Idol

In what could be one of the most emotional performances in recent memory on American Idol, James Durbin performed "Without You, a powerful ballad by Harry Nilsson from the 1970′s. It was the second performance of the night for Durbin, who also sang "Closer to the Edge," a song that he used to open the [...]

James Durbin Running Away with American Idol Competition

In what may have been the best performance of the season from any American Idol contestant, James Durbin performed "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow," from Carole King and once again stood head-and-shoulders above the rest of the competition. Durbin clearly outshined the other 5 remaining Idol contestants, prompting Judge Randy Jackson to proclaim, "This [...]

James Durbin Covers Muse on American Idol

Week after week, American Idol contestants are challenged by judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler to step it up and take chances. James Durbin did just that this week, with a cover of Muse’s "Uprising." Along with an accompanying marching band of drummers, Durbin executed what was arguably the best performance of the [...]

American Idol Contestant James Durbin Mocked on YouTube

An upsetting video has been discovered on YouTube, mocking James Durbin and his Tourette’s Syndrome. The video, which was uploaded on March 24, 2011 by an individual using the handle "jordans704," shows a 54-second clip from this past Thursday’s American Idol results show in which James Durbin can be seen making unusual facial expressions during [...]

Hulk Hogan Welcomes James Durbin into the American Idol Top 10

In a tense moment on American Idol Thursday night, James Durbin, along with Paul McDonald, were both on stage awaiting their fates from Ryan Seacrest. The American Idol host delivered the news that neither Durbin nor McDonald were safe, temporarily stunning the audience in attendance and millions at home. However, in a strange and bizarre [...]

 
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