Known for his aggressive and upbeat rock performances, James Durbin shifted gears Wednesday night on American Idol, performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison of The Beatles. The song was chosen as part of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week, where each ‘Idol’ contestant was able to select a tune from the "500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll" exhibit at Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Once again, James Durbin knocked it out of the park and gave a heartfelt,
emotional performance. After singing, he was moved to tears and later confessed
that the song was for his family, which includes a wife and young son.
Durbin’s song came amid amazing performances from the eight other contestants, further solidifying this season as one of best in the show’s ten-year history.
While James has a good chance at making at least the top three and possibly winning the entire American Idol competition, he will need to garner as much support as possible from his fans, which include a significant number of individuals within the special needs community.
At an early age, Durbin was diagnosed with both Tourette’s and Asperger’s Syndromes. As a result, he has faced many difficulties and challenges over the years, which make his accomplishments to this point all-the-more significant.
This week, viewers saw a softer and more subdued side to James and it’s safe to say he earned many votes from his performance.