James Durbin from Santa Cruz, CA was the last contestant shown from the San Francisco auditions. The 21-year-old’s voice is insane. The obvious vocal comparison would be to Adam Lambert. Durbin has quite the range. I don’t feel like he has as much vocal control as Lambert does.
Along with his audition, Durbin also asked for Steven Tyler’s permission to sing, “Dream On.” Talk about being ballsy. After the Danny Gokey “Dream On” disaster during season eight’s Top Four night, I wouldn’t think that would be the Aerosmith song a contestant would necessarily want to touch with a 10-foot pole, or be a song that Tyler would ever want another Idol contestant to go near again. Durbin pulls the song off quite nicely, and you could tell that it was kind of a treat for Tyler to have one of his songs sang to him.
I am so happy that the auditions are over, and that we are getting into the nitty gritty of “Hollywood Week.”
Alright Idol fans, who was your favorite from San Francisco?