Rocker James Durbin Voted Off American Idol

Entertainment May. 13, 2011 AT 9:05AM
Rocker James Durbin Voted Off American Idol Credit: Frank Micelotta/Fox/PictureGroup

The only person more upset to learn of James Durbin's American Idol departure than the contestant himself? Judge Jennifer Lopez, 41, who broke down in tears when host Ryan Seacrest delivered the bad news during Thursday's results show.

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"I worked so damn hard and I was hoping to get there," Durbin said while tears rolled down his cheeks. "But I did so much stuff that's never been done on the show. I did what I came here to do, and that was to give metal a chance."

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The rocker, who suffers from Tourette syndrome and describes himself as a high-functioning autistic, managed to get through "Maybe I'm Amazed" for his encore performance.

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With Durbin, 22, now out of the competition, Idol hopefuls Lauren Alaina, 16, Scotty McCreery, 17, and Haley Reinhart, 20, will compete for a place in the finale during the May 18 episode.

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