17 May 2011 5:33 AM, PDT | PopStar | See recent PopStar news »

'Durbinators' were crushed on Thursday night when their top pic for the American Idol win, James Durbin, was abruptly eliminated from the Fox competition. It was the exit heard around the world as fans cried foul and ignited Twitter with tweets of injustice on behalf of the heavy metal rocker who stole their hearts in a single song (or two). His journey from Santa Cruz, California to the Idol stage ended when he landed in the bottom two along with country fave Scotty McCreery, leaving more than a few (including the Idol judges - J Lo cried) surprised that both girls survived. James was the only contestant to escape the bottom two or three all season, leaving his fans now wondering what went wrong. In spite of his exit, James is now looking forward to a bright future - and with good reason. Rumors have already started circulating about record deals, »

- jmaurer@corp.popstar.com (Jennifer Maurer)

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