'American Idol' Axes Another Finalist

"American Idol" viewers apparently stopped believin' in James Durbin.

The wailing 22-year-old rocker from Santa Cruz, Calif., was revealed to have received the fewest viewer votes on the Fox talent contest Thursday, leaving just three finalists remaining in the competition. Durbin consistently wowed the judges and did so again Wednesday with Journey's "Don't Stop Believin"' and The Clovers' "Love Potion No. 9."

Durbin's dismissal leaves deep-voiced 17-year-old country crooner Scotty McCreery of Garner, N.C., growling 20-year-old singer Haley Reinhart of Wheeling, Ill., and soaring 16-year-old songstress Lauren Alania of Rossville, Ga., as the show's top three finalists.

Another singer will be eliminated next Thursday, with the 10th season "Idol" champ scheduled to be crowned May 26.


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  • by Susan on May 15, 2011 at 11:59 AM
    Lauren is so talented, with the right guideance she can be another Carrie or Martina!I like Scotty too!Haley should have been gone long ago!.....It will be between Lauren & Scotty and I think he will win b/c of the young teens!!Have enjoyed this season..
  • by Endurance Swimmer Location: Greenville on May 13, 2011 at 10:32 PM
    I was shocked that James got voted off! I really liked the guy, he had talent! I've always liked Scotty, I'm pulling for him, I like Lauren also, Haley, what a joke! If ya'll don't like Idol, don't watch!!
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 01:48 PM
    Was hoping it would have been Lauren. Really can't stand her.
  • by Sara Location: Rocky Mount on May 13, 2011 at 12:28 PM
    The judging should be put back in the hands of the judges. There is no way that Scotty is a better singer than James. Did his family buy phone banks for him?
  • by wow Location: topsail beach nc on May 13, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    to the one with your smart comments about scotty, whats your talent, besides a no body.that has no life.
  • by Anonymous on May 13, 2011 at 12:20 PM
    Yeah Scotty!!!!!!!!
  • by WOW! on May 13, 2011 at 11:50 AM
    James deserved to go - the guy is not that good. He performs well - no question. But, his vocals, especially when he slows down are terrible. His voice is suited for the 80s, which was 30 years ago. And, btw, can he stop crying already..... what a baby
  • by JC on May 13, 2011 at 11:42 AM
    not a country fan but scotties going to make millions singing country, he has, a, huge, deep, and true country singer voice.
  • by go home on May 13, 2011 at 11:18 AM
    Scotty should have never been in the top 24, with his Alan Jackson wanna be voice. He has no raw talent...I really could careless that he is from Garner....he sucks
  • by Really? Location: DC on May 13, 2011 at 11:14 AM
    Drats! Based on that Headline, I thought American Idol actually became entertaining and they "cut" a contestant Henry VIII style!
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