Adam Lambert's video for "Never Close Our Eyes" shows the hero refusing to take his meds and leading an escape from a huge depersonalizing institution. It's fabulous!
James embraces his freakiness on The Ellen Degeneres Show.
It was both fascinating and inspiring to watch James Durbin appear on The Ellen Degeneneres Show. Both James and Ellen are people who have broken down walls of bigotry. Ellen was the star of her own very successful situation comedy when she came out as gay, and her show was canceled the next year.
James is the first star performer to be open about his neurodiversity from the very start of his career. I think one of the reasons Adam Lambert may have said some negative things about James is that he is jealous that Durbin had the integrity to be open about who he was from the start of his American Idol, and that he was allowed to be by Fox. Adam was only able to come out as gay after losing on American Idol.
"Crazy James": Queen with horns
Okay, so it's completely unsurprising that Aspergers Idol James Durbin survived into the Top Twelve. Or that when he met Adam Lambert, they were both nice:
All eyes were glued to Lambert as he made time to hug every contestant and had an especially long and chummy interaction with James. It seemed the two hit it off. There were no dirty looks or cold shoulders. In fact, pictures were taken, smiles exchanged and hugs shared. Adam's fans seemed surprised, and their insta-bond makes us think Adam may be over his Pia Toscana fandom (he gushed over her via Twitter after Wednesday's performance) and is now on the James Express.
James Durbin sings "Whole Lotta Love."
James Durbin, who has both Aspergers and Tourettes, made it into the top ten on American Idol. Nor surprising, seeing the level of support he has been getting,
Durbin has often been compared to Adam Lambert. Today Lambert himself tweeted a message of support for Durbin:
Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we're pretty different stylistically.
Durbin's fans and friends in Santa Cruz met at an area pizza place to watch Tuesday's how and support the local favorite:
Several who came out to Pizza My Heart had known Durbin from his years at Kids On Broadway. Milla Tutman, whose daughter Leah Tutman starred opposite Durbin in KOB's "Singin' in the Rain," told the story of how Durbin and Leah were, as part of their roles, supposed to kiss on stage. James became Leah's first kiss.