Autistic American Idol Contestant Makes Top 25!

I have to admit that I love watching American Idol. It will be even more exciting this season because of James Durbin being autistic.  In my practice, I see clients with dyslexia and autism and they are generally VERY bright, gifted and some AMAZING with their artistic skills.

Below, you will find an article I found about him in case you haven’t heard of him.  I will be watching closely to see how he fairs.

James Durbin (Fox / 19 Entertainment)

“Last night, viewers didn’t get to see much of James Durbin, other than a quick glimpse of him emotionally celebrating in Room One, where he, along with a few dozen other American Idol contestants, learned they would be advancing to the next round, which will take place in Las Vegas.

Durbin’s performance was not aired, which was most likely a tactical move on the part of the Idol producers (less is more).

James Durbin continues to be a frontrunner for the show, however, after viewing some of last night’s performances, it appears he will have his work cut out for him.  One would find difficulty in finding another American Idol season that was so stacked with this much talent.  In fact, there’s a good chance some of the contestants who don’t even make the Top 12 this year could have been winners in previous seasons (i.e. Taylor Hicks).

As for Durbin, his heartfelt story of overcoming Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s, unemployment and the death of his father, coupled with his high ranging vocal performances, still make him a strong contender to win it all.  However, it remains to be seen if he can continue his strong performances — singing in front of millions of people on live TV is quite different that what the contestants are currently doing.  But regardless, Durbin still has a significant amount of people supporting him, including a lot within the special needs community, making him a strong Season 10 favorite.”


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One Response to “Autistic American Idol Contestant Makes Top 25!”

  1. Ramona March 27, 2011 at 10:32 am #

    David,
    I hope James wins the entire thing! After hearing his story and listening to him sing, I think this kid is extremely talented. I am so happy for his success already.

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