American Idol Final Three Shocker

There are 20 comments on the CBS News story from May 12, 2011, titled American Idol Final Three Shocker. In it, CBS News reports that:

James Durbin performs on "American Idol" After Wednesday night's "American Idol" Final 4, it wasn't obvious who the voters would send home.

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local resident

Crawford, TN

#1 May 12, 2011
crazy,dont think im gonna watch next season something not right
sugarbean

Ilion, NY

#2 May 12, 2011
I agree....something isn't right. James should've be the next American Idol. Haley should've been out of there. She is a brat and has a poor attitude.
Eric

Arlington Heights, IL

#3 May 12, 2011
The guy who should have won it all is out. James is the most versatile of all of the finalists. He even sang country tonight. He just doesn't have the cult following. Plus, he suffered from the same fate as Adam Lambert against the Christian right wing vote that went to the teen country singers.
citizen

Lewisburg, WV

#4 May 12, 2011
I agree Haley shouldn't be there. She is a brat and has a bad attitude.
hey out there

Bandy, VA

#5 May 12, 2011
I am heartbroken! James should have won!!
Liz

Dyke, VA

#6 May 12, 2011
It's just like with Pia. She shouldn't have went home and neither should he. Pia was the best. James was the second best. The third best is Lauren...wonder if she'll be the next to go. Something's definitely messed up. Haley should've went home a long time ago.
scout

San Francisco, CA

#7 May 12, 2011
geez, someone wake me when idol is DONE! So boring.
Dan-o

United States

#8 May 12, 2011
The Bible thumpers tossed out the BEST singer tonight...the season is over for me, won't watch season 11 either...the right people never win...Adam Lambert WAS the real winner last year...who can even remember who the other guy was???!!!
psu73

Catasauqua, PA

#9 May 12, 2011
After tonight's debacle, I won't be watching anymore this year. I was only watching to see james anyway who was the next best thing after Adam Lambert. Did people vote for the bible belters becasue they sang about jesus? That takes no guts - and James had guts. Something is very wrong with the voting system where a true talent like James is eliminated and the no-talent country boy stays. Idol - I'm outa here!

“Keeping the Hive Alive!”

Since: Jul 10

Minneapolis

#10 May 13, 2011
I hate to say it, but I told you so, James had to go. What took so long? He, like a million other people , had a decent voice, but, from his stupid hair to his clunky boots and WAY too tight pants he looked like a 90's cliche'. He put on the same act every week, no matter what kind of music, he put on his runnin' around the stage, rocker wanna-be routine. Bye-bye!
read this

Quakertown, PA

#11 May 13, 2011
We know it is really fixed if Scotty wins. He is terrible
Linda

Saint Louis, MO

#12 May 13, 2011
Seems like this happens every year. Some of the best singers get voted off. Adam should have won last year. Fantasia should have NEVER won. Jennifer Hudson, Clay, Chris to name a few who had great voices, voted off. Voting should be changed. Just makes you want to quit watching......
george

Kingston, WI

#13 May 13, 2011
read this wrote:
We know it is really fixed if Scotty wins. He is terrible
Do you enjoy being in a minority group? because thats where you are if you really believe this, his voice is incredible!, are you tone deaf? he will win, his major compitition in James is gone, he has a free sailing road from here forward.
Get used to the name Scotty McCreey, he will be a country legend, and everywhere you go people will be talking about Scotty.
screen

El Dorado Hills, CA

#14 May 13, 2011
I liked James simply because he is a people person. But like I said before, his high note screeching would become annoying to good listeners. He should have stuck with songs inline with his "swan" song, which in my honest opinion was very good and within his optimal vocal range.

Why is it that those who have been eliminated (Pia.. Stefano.. Jacob.. and now James... sang swan songs that sound better than any song that they sang after these.... very puzzling to me.
george

Richland Center, WI

#15 May 13, 2011
People!!!,, someone had to go, thats how the show works, its all based on what type of music is the most popular in the US in today's age, and that happens to be Country, get over it, thats what has become popular in our world. heavy metal has never been an overall favorite in this country, and James has said time and again thats what his image is, "Metal", If he really has what it takes he will have one awesome career, and all thanks to American Idol, the show gave him an oppurtnity that otherwise he would have never had, so don't be mad at the show, they are still making little known no ones big stars, whether they win the show or not, his name is out there now, and its up to him on what to do with it, or whether he makes it in the real industry or not is up to him and his managers.
All I'm saying is rein in your anger and look at this for what it is, American people are deciding now who stays and who goes, its not the shows decision, and the show has been very benefical in finding real talent out there and giving them the chance to become stars, whether they win the show or not does not matter, its how they handle themselves after the reality show ends that matters, the show is awesome and gives the public a chance to see whats really out there, and gives those lucky and talented enough to be on it a once in a lifetime chance to really make it, thats what its all about.
I do wish the very best to James, I liked him from the very start, didn't think his voice was the best, but did love who he is, a sweet, kind, heart of gold kid who deserved a break like he got, I do hope he goes really far with his work.
george

Kingston, WI

#16 May 13, 2011
screen wrote:
I liked James simply because he is a people person. But like I said before, his high note screeching would become annoying to good listeners. He should have stuck with songs inline with his "swan" song, which in my honest opinion was very good and within his optimal vocal range.
Why is it that those who have been eliminated (Pia.. Stefano.. Jacob.. and now James... sang swan songs that sound better than any song that they sang after these.... very puzzling to me.
I agree about James, his last performance last night was terrible, and very screeching, but,,,, he was also very emotional, thats who he is, sad to see him go, but wish him well, and metal is not the most popular music in the country, I think thats the only reason he got voted off.
I think the rest you listed never really created a style, thats where they failed, they kind of jumped all over the board and you could never really put your finger on what style or who they were supposed to be.
We all know Scotty and Lauren are pure country, every style of song that was chosen always had the country slang to it, Haley on the other hand, I still don't know what venue she would pursue in a career, she's also never truly identified who and what she is, that will be her downfall.
jan

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#17 May 13, 2011
american idol will get there way this year. by putting girls in the final. fix fix and fixed.
i agree there is something wrong with this years voting. no way did james lose to haley, who is a snob and when she laughs its evil. come on
people see haley for what she is. thanks. if haley wins i will not watch am. idol again. i had watched from the beginning, and nothing like this ever happen. i hope james goes far in the this busniess. haley can't take criticism very well and she will not do good in this business. so i am hoping haley goes next week. it doen't make sense that she was in the bottom in the beginning and of a sudden she tops. not in my book. good luck to scotty and lauren next week. i will be watching the
X-factor and the voice. good shows
george

Richland Center, WI

#18 May 13, 2011
Eric wrote:
The guy who should have won it all is out. James is the most versatile of all of the finalists. He even sang country tonight. He just doesn't have the cult following. Plus, he suffered from the same fate as Adam Lambert against the Christian right wing vote that went to the teen country singers.
After listening to the duet that James and Scotty sang, it was easy to hear who had the better voice, thats what this show is about, regardless of style or choice of music, its about the tone and clarity, Scotty did better, pure and simple, and the same with Haley and Lauren, Lauren clearly has a better voice than Haley, it was nice to be able to listen and compare directly that way.
I was sad to see James go, but if he has what it really takes it won't be the last you will see or hear from him.
It seems every year after the show ends at least one person who competed made it to the big times, and usually not the winners, so it will be interesting to see who "actually" makes it this year, thats what I love about the show, it gives talented people a real chance, a chance that might have never been out there.
george

Richland Center, WI

#19 May 13, 2011
jan wrote:
american idol will get there way this year. by putting girls in the final. fix fix and fixed.
i agree there is something wrong with this years voting. no way did james lose to haley, who is a snob and when she laughs its evil. come on
people see haley for what she is. thanks. if haley wins i will not watch am. idol again. i had watched from the beginning, and nothing like this ever happen. i hope james goes far in the this busniess. haley can't take criticism very well and she will not do good in this business. so i am hoping haley goes next week. it doen't make sense that she was in the bottom in the beginning and of a sudden she tops. not in my book. good luck to scotty and lauren next week. i will be watching the
X-factor and the voice. good shows
History of this show has proven time and time again that it doesn't matter who actually wins, its all about what the contestants are able to do with thier careers after the show is over, how many stars are out there now that were discoverd on American Idol, but never actually won the show? and how many are out there that actually won the show and you never hear their name again? the show is a great thing, it gives truly talented people a chance they might have never had if not for the show.
I do have to agree with you about Haley, whether she wins the show or not she will fade away, She seems to have a problem listening to people that are trying to help her with constructive advice that she refuses to accept, her biggest downfall.
James on the other hand I do believe you will be hearing him on your radio if you listen to metal, and the same with Scotty and Lauren, they will make it regardless of the outcome of this show.
truth

Portsmouth, OH

#20 May 13, 2011
im sorry but haley cant sing i cant beleave she is still there james can out sing her 100% the wrong peron went home she is to cocky and has a attitude problem she thinks she is all that i just dont like her if she dont go home next week there is something wrong james was the best one there then laren and scotty they should have been the top three i dont think ill watch season 11 its bull crap good luck james you deserve it how do you vote some one off who has been consistant every week who is never been in the bottom now come on peaple something just isnt right here

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