"'American Idol' May Have a New Adam Lambert - If Not Better."

Ok, Adam Lambert really has no business being in the title. If I had it my way the title would read “James Durbin Performs Judas Priest on ‘American Idol.’” However I love music and I love sharing music with people. I know the Adam Lambert fans are dedicated and will take the time to read any article on Adam Lambert no matter how dumb the article is. I try not to use Lambert unless I really believe in what I’m writing. So to Adam Lambert fans, check out James Durbin, while you’re there, check out bands like Judas Priest, Dio, Heaven and Hell, Black Sabbath, Rainbow etc. It’s hard rock and heavy metal, but I think Adam Lambert fans could appreciate these singers.

I haven’t really been watching this season of “American Idol,” which is weird being that I’m a huge Aerosmith fan. I did however see this one audition for this kid James Durbin and immediately thought this is the guy that can bring “American Idol” back. He’s got Adam Lambert’s vocal range, he has a better tone in his voice than Lambert and he’s got a better back story than Lambert, he has Tourettes & Aspergers syndromes. When Adam Lambert was on the show they labeled him the rocker, but in reality he’s not a rocker. Lambert was edgy for Idol, but he did his best when he wasn’t singing rock n roll. When he performed “Whole Lotta Love” by Led Zeppelin it wasn’t his best performance, he did fine, but it was no “Mad World.”


James Durbin on the other hand is a true rock guy. He proved it by performing Judas Priest on “American Idol.” Judas Fucking Priest. They’re the reason that Slayer exists. Judas Priest on “American Idol.” Keep an eye on this kid. Steven Tyler said it best (and I’m paraphrasing) when he told the kid that normally he would tell a contestant to bring it down a notch, but the over the top rock star stuff works, because it’s not forced.

You could make an argument that there are better singers on the show, but who’s a better singer, Mariah Carey or Rob Halford? Whitney Houston or Ronnie James Dio? Celine Dion or Steven Tyler? If you ask me I’m going to choose Halford, Dio and Tyler. It’s all subjective and to me the rawness in Durbin’s voice mixed with the high notes that he can hit make him the ideal “Idol” in my mind. The one complaint I had with Lambert is that he went high too early and too often, however he is so amazing when he goes high that it didn’t really matter. Durbin has done a good job so far of making us want it. I haven’t voted on “American idol” since Bo Bice, but now I just might, this guy is legit. Now I’m excited about “American Idol.”


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Anonymous said...

What you been smokin?

lorie.heller said...

Why are you promoting this guy so hard? He obviously is not a singer for the masses if he has a heavy metal sound. Lets see what he does with theme weeks before you start touting him as being better than Adam Lambert. Also, Adam never tried to be strictly a rocker, he is into Pop/Rock/Dance and even alternative.

Anonymous said...

I'm an Adam Lambert fan big time! You've got to be kidding in saying Durbin's tone is better than Adam's? Adam's voice is pure and other-worldly when he soars to the highest range! He's got much more control of his voice and, Adam, sings any genre of music perfectly and on pitch every time. Plus he's not just a "singer", he's got the total package, he's a real performer, dancer, oozes charisma and charm, witty, polite, humble (something that JD is def not) and extremely creative (lighting, sound, costumes etc) Adam had the whole thing goin' on. Yes, JD has a rock scream, let's see what he does with other genres say ballads (Mad World) etc. Please don't compare the two...yes they may have similar vocal range but stylistically, totally different.

Anonymous said...

I've been a fan of all the metal bands you listed above for many years and still think Adam Lambert is much better than the other guy. I think that that guy is not original. I heard his Whole Lotta Love and all he was doing was to try to compete with Robert Plant's vocals. Big fail!
So let's not compare him with Adam Lambert until we see he can change it up every week on the show and most importantly bring original and unforgettable performances.

Bob Zerull said...

I've never smoked.

Lambert's tone is pretty ordinary and plain, it's his range that makes him a great singer. This guy has tone and range and the fact that he's not polished make him that much more special.

Who cares if this guy isn't a singer for the masses? That's what makes him so amazing. Adam wasn't/isn't a singer for the masses, that's why Kris Allen won.

No matter how well this guy does, he's the most unique with an amazing vocal range that is equal to Lambert's.

But whatever, I enjoy reading pissed off Adam Lambert fan comments. So in a way I guess I've succeeded.

Anonymous said...

@anon 11:33 AM Absolutely agree with your comment;)
I always thought that idea of AI to find real talent but not talent who is tatented as Adam Lambert or more talented than Adam Lambert. But this is second year on the roll when everybody just talk about it!"Look, he sings like Adam, he moves like Adam, he screams like Adam!!! So, change the name fo the show. instead of "we are looking for next AI" it supose to be "we are looking fot next Adam Lambert"!
Also, AI contestants have to perform different kind of song and not just the rock songs. And we will see how they perform country, MJ, or Sher songs.
About Durbin. Seems like poor guy spends a lot of time in front of the mirror trying to be like Adam. He copies Adam's moves, facial emotions. He started to wear a lot of braclets, back pocket scarf, and pendants! How about to dye the hair and starting to use eyeliner?
Nobody can be better or worst than Adam. This is the idea of AI. All contestants have to have their own personality.

Anonymous said...

You have only succeeded in contradictory and base writing designed to get a few more hits, as you acknowledge in your first paragraph and title. You are entitled to your opinion. My opinion is that James is an ok singer. He has hit some truly ghoulish notes thus far during the competition. He may record a decent record in the studio with alot of time and some serious auto tune but I would not pay to go see him in concert. I do not like his look and find his back story to be boring and predictable. He is as much of a rocker as Barry Mannilow. I typically enjoy the writing at Zoiks but this was a fail.

Anonymous said...

I agree with your comment the writing and logic were major fails. Who cares about James Turbin or American Idol?

Anonymous said...

"Adam wasn't/isn't a singer for the masses, that's why Kris Allen won."
That's why nobody in Europe knows Kris and everybody knows Adam

Anonymous said...

Since when does not being polished make you a better singer? And why isn't James Durbin more polished? He has sung in musical productions since the age of 16, he has received formal musical training and is a lead singer in a rock group. James has absolutely cremated the majority of the songs he has sung. Sometimes his tone is so sharp you can bearly stand to listen to him. Also, what is so unique about this guy? There are a lot of heavy metal rock singers with a high range and you can't understand them either when they sing.

Anonymous said...

James better than Adam Lambert? WTAF? This is just too funny an article to even comment any further.

Unknown said...

Adam is way better. Period. Every comment pro Adam! Love it!

Bob Zerull said...

I love this. Funny thing is I like Adam Lambert, I just prefer the true rock sound better and American Idol hasn't seen a real pure rock guy on the show yet.

Now we finally have one. Adam Lambert has no business being int he article, but hell why not get some cheap hits and then insult the reason behind the cheap hits? I don't want to pander to the Adam Lambert fans anymore, I want to challenge them.

I'm enjoying myself. I am a terrible writer though, so good call on the fail. You could actually say that about any and everything I've written.

Anonymous said...

Bob Zerull, I am now extremely disappointed in you. How could one good performance from James Durbin make him a better singer than Adam Lambert? Adam is much better than James. And there is only one Adam Lambert.

Anonymous said...

Jason should be the only one to be able to write about Adam!

Anonymous said...

You're crazy! Dude! Wake up!!! It's Adam Lambert that you're talking about! He always wil be the best contestant that AI has already had!

Anonymous said...

No he doesn't, No he doesn't, No he doesn't and Hell NO he doesn't. He is in NO way,shape or form even near the talent of adam, so Hell No He's Not.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree with the majority of the posters here. While young James has a good voice and range,he is lacking in the charisma and presentation aspect of his performances. Adam Lambert is 'charisma' personified,and while good vocal coaching can help one sing better,it can't do anything for charisma.....you either have or you don't. Adam has it and thensome!!! If a performer doesn't captivate me,then I'm gone! James has potential,but needs to develop some presence,imo. I don't feel overly invested in him. With Adam,he had me at "Mama....."

Oh, and the tone thing,Mr. Writerman,....I have to ditto @Anonymous' @11:33 AM &11:42 AM. Don't even go there!!!

You have succeeded in one thing however.....predicting a huge Lambert fan presence. I guess... good job? well done?

Anonymous said...

Have I been in a time warp and it's suddenly April Fools Day or are you actually serious? The Metallica/Deep Purple fan part or me is seriously cringing right now.
Do you seriously think any genuine metal fan would embrace an American Idol contestant, this guy is screwed outside of the Idol bubble.
Lambert is a far better singer with much more charisma and I wouldn't buy his music either.

Anonymous said...

You're completely right. Write an article about Adam Lambert and people will read it. If you had just written about James what's his name not so many. Think your comparisons a joke...but you got the responses you wanted.

cheesehead said...

Ok, Bob. I really didn't want to get sucked into your little web but enough is enough. First, we need more time to see if Durban deserves your accolades. Second, Adam will surely be around for a long time entertaining audiences as no-one else can. Thirdly, can I please say SEX SYMBOL? Absolutely and without doubt that describes the beautiful, talented, sensual, kind-hearted,sincere and overall fierce alpha male...did I say that he was sexy?

Anonymous said...

Pathetic. (Are you so desperate for hits?) And there is NO ONE better than Adam Lambert. A

Anonymous said...

WTF? Adam's better.... not even going to bother. this person must be insane

Anonymous said...

When Durbin gets nominated for a Grammy for a song off his freshman album or when he headlines a sold out US and World Tour then we can start talking about how he's "better" than Lambert. For now I still say Lambert reigns supreme!

Bob Zerull said...

Look I'm not desperate for hits. If I were desperate I'd pander to the Adam Lambert fans and talk about how great he is almost weekly, but then you won't notice I was desperate for hits. I am however desperate for dialogue back and forth and that's what I'm getting.

Some good points have been made, that after the Idol world the metal/rock community is not going to embrace Durbin...that is most likely an accurate statement. Although with Steven Tyler on the show anything is possible.

I'm strictly comparing American Idol's version of Adam Lambert to American Idol's version so far of Durbin. When Lambert was on Idol as many people hated him as loved him. That is what I meant by Adam wasn't a singer for the masses.

I'm not meaning to insult Lambert (even though I jokingly said I was), I'm merely complimenting Durbin.

You people are loyal. Don't you kind of enjoy arguing over trivial things like this? I know I do, that's why I did it. I got some cheap hits out of it, but I didn't need it.

Anonymous said...

Bob be honest now, do you really think genuine metal fans are going to have any interest in this guy?? Where is his future outside Idol? Are we going to create a new genre of metal called Idol Metal only followed by American Idol fans.

Anonymous said...

Durbin nailed his top 12 performance... it was quite good and, sadly, the only decent performance he's given on AI to date (Audition, Hollywood week, Vegas included). He's definitely got rock chops, but his personality sucks nearly as bad as his (usually) pitchy and painful scream. Won't comment on comparisons to Lambert. It's called American Idol, not "American Lambert," so I fail to see the point.

Anonymous said...

Why don't you just say that Durbin is better than Bieber?

It's true
Crazier fans
Pro$it!

Seriously though, I'm a heavy metal fan and a Lambert fan. His voice is stellar...ask Slash btw, you might have heard of him. He showed in the AI audience one day just to watch Adam. The producers talked him into being a mentor, he said "Sure, only if I get to work with Adam."

Rock on dude

Anonymous said...

I'm afraid Adam has had his run. I am glad I have the AI video album of his performances because there will never be anything better by him.

He destroyed his career. Sad but true.

magsmagenta said...

I've been a Heavy Metal fan for the last 30 years I know all the singers you mention and more besides, and an Adam Lambert fan since he did Ring of Fire on AI, It was a total fluke that I saw it at all because I never watch those type of shows, just channel hopping and there he was. I recognised his Rock voice right away, as well as his originality and individualism. I was immediately hooked although it took me a few weeks to admit it to myself, because after all he was an American Idol contestant, and I don't do American Idol.
I have heard since that at the time he had some problems getting permission to do some of the songs he wanted, particularly Aerosmiths 'Cryin' which he wanted to do earlier in the series but wasn't given permission until a few weeks later when it became obvious that he had the talent to do it. (unfortunately this seems to have allowed Gokey to murder Dream On but you can't give one permission and not the other)
Rock fans like myself are particularly adverse to talent shows and with good reason, up until Adam appeared there hasn't really been anyone of note to appear from those shows (And don't tell me about Daughtry, he's not what I need)
What Adam seems to have done is Kick the door down for genuine Rockers and showmanship, not just 'White Boys With Guitars' especially now Simon Cowell is gone and can't accuse people of being too theatrical, For me a major point of Rock music is it's theatricality, without that it's just a dead squib.
I think James did a brilliant job of the song, he has a true Metal Voice which can only be good as far as I'm concerned, and he puts his heart and soul into his performance.
But could he sing Tracks of my Tears or Adams version of If I Can't have you?
For nearly 30 years my favourite singer was Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and Maiden are still my favourite band, but Adam toppled that for me not because he could Scream like Bruce, or because of his range and power, but because of his performance of If I Can't Have You, which shows Adam at his most tender and controlled, there is nothing wasted in that performance, every note counts and has meaning, Apart from Freddie I've never heard someone who can scream Metal and with the next breath sing with such control and emotion as Adam can, that's what makes him so special. Until James can show such control and artistry as well as the Rock Scream Adam retains his top spot as far as I'm concerned.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=stIZZAsf1CU

Anonymous said...

No one is better than Adam and especially on idol...I am afraid that he has hurt his career, (hope Not)....He is a fabulous singer and entertainer...quit compareing any of these guys to Adam...they are not...I know I seen him do his thing in the GNt...and hes the best....
Some times I wish he was more for the music than talking about gay and acting it out at times....He said it is all about the music but sometimes I wonder and I love his music.....

Anonymous said...

Anonymous person above, which parallel universe are you living in? How has he destroyed his career? Nobody in the charts today has a career by constantly doing covers of other peoples hits, with the exception of the glee cast.
You obviously live in the Idol bubble and are more a fan of the concept than the artists it generates and it generates very few artists, most of it's offspring are generic and unoriginal. I would say Lambert is one of the few actual artists produced by Idol in recent years.

lily stonewell said...

are you kidding me? i bet you are an attention seeker or a very intriguing person.

Anonymous said...

"Some times I wish he was more for the music than talking about gay and acting it out at times....He said it is all about the music but sometimes I wonder and I love his music....." I am sure Adam would rather talk about the music as well, but unfortunately it's the inane people who interview him asking the questions who always bring up these subjects. I actually face palm on Adam's behalf with some of the questions he gets asked all the time.

Anonymous said...

4 simple words for the person who wrote this article....GET A FUCKING LIFE

Anonymous said...

I shouldn't even respond to this...
Alas, I'm dedicated. Perhaps too dedicated.
Adam has one of the best voices in the music industry today. I've been watching Idol, and Durbin is definitely not as talented. When Adam goes up into the stratospheric ranges, it's controlled and seems almost effortless. When Durbin does it, it sounds forced and shrill more often than not.
Obviously, I'm biased.
But I'm still right. :P

Anonymous said...

I have been a Glambert since day 1. I really wish everyone would stop comparing James to Adam....there is no comparison. Adam can actually "entertain" with his amazing voice...James is simply trying to copy Adam's style of singing...and he is NOT getting it done. He is not original...when the public first saw Adam on AI , they saw originality, a performer who brought something to Idol which had never been seen before and which will never be duplicated. James is simply trying to get votes by trying to be a cheap imitation. Hopefully the public will see this and his time on Idol will be short.

And...what's with the tail...get rid of that stupid thing...it doesn't make you original.

After the horrible season last year..Idol needs originality.. I went to the sold out Idol concert with Adam, they actually chosen talented performers that year...I went to the concert this year..the area wasn't even half full..the performances were terrible..it seemed like they just wanted to get the show over with. This year I have high hopes that someone like Jacob or Casey or even Scott ( though country music isn't my thing), or with the girls , Thia, Pia or Lauren will win...we need talent and originality this year.

Also back to Adam...he now has over 900,000 fans following him on Twitter...James will never be able to keep up with Adam.

DO NOT VOTE FOR JAMES...HE DOESN'T DESERVE A PLACE ON IDOL!!!!

Anonymous said...

Adam has a voice, a style and sex appeal...James has none of the above...go home James you don't belong!!!

Anonymous said...

You lost me when you said James had a better tone in is voice than Adam Lambert, until then this was an interesting read. AL is far more versatile and you hear so many different tonalities it's astounding. If you want to argue who's a better metal singer, that's a different story. That will have to unfold. I do know when James goes high the sound is not nearly as rich and he doesn't vary the way e goes high. It's rock wail all the way baby. Why Bob must you and everyone else make comparisons to Lambert -- clearly done, if you really think about it, because he was so exciting -- even on an Idol that was not coaching their contestants to the massive extreme we see now. Maybe you can't see that, but people in the music biz sure can. You make the comparison only to find him lacking? You're missing the mark. Why can't you just say James is a real rocker and you like that, you like him, you loooove him? Isn't that enough?

Anonymous said...

? is this article supposed to be a joke?

bec said...

I have not been following Idol closely till top 24 and I recorded them so I could skip commercials. What little I did see, I did not think James Durbin was as outstanding they were saying. I thought his "screem" was sharp and annoying, tho I was hoping he would improve as he has a backstory most of us would not want to have. Imagine my surprise last night when he nailed Judas Priest. It was truly an exciting performance and I hope he goes far but I don't agree that he is as good or better than Adam Lambert.
Just different in his own right. Why put down one artist to try to make a point about another. Yes, I am an AL fan but I think James Durbin is very good as well. Not the same. Shame on using Adam Lambert's name to get hits; worked though.

Anonymous said...

This is not okay. This guy may have some talent going on, but people have buisness saying "A new Adam, if not better". Nobody can be Adam or better than he is, there is only one Adam, and he can sing the socks off anybody.

Anonymous said...

HAHAH stfu. You're such a joke. Adam Lambert is an incredible singer, he was original and he was the best idol will EVER see. James Durbin is nothing but an Adam Lambert wannabe. He is nowhere near as good and is not nearly as great of a performer as Adam. Adam showed that unlike this guy, he could sing any kind of song and he could make it his own. All Durbin does is copy what Adam was able to do first. You have seriously got to be kidding if you're supporting him based on his backstory, the fact that he has tourettes and apsbergers honestly just makes him annoying to watch perform. Adam didn't need to use excuses and sob stories to get to the top. You're clearly just ignorant so just shut up.

Anonymous said...

Using Adam to get hits you low life looser. I like James as I like metal but the best singer performer to hit the Idol Stage is Adam Lambert. Durbin can't touch Adam's transitions. Adam does not have vocal breaks and actually goes higher. Sure Adam is not as limited as James. Adam can sing anything. we heard how badly James sounded singing A Change is Gonna Come. Adam killed it. You loons who start this stuff are only going to drive Adam's huge fanbase away from voting for James. Stupid.

Anonymous said...

I am a Glambert and a huge and shoot me if you will but James middle range sounds way better than Adam. Oups, did I just say that! Shame on me but it is true. Listen to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA_aRNm0YdM

Anonymous said...

Ha ha... that is all I am going to say!!! I found my idol... the only ,the one, truly World Idol-- ADAM FUCKING LAMBERT ; who fucking cares about American Idol

Unknown said...

The author of this article says he didn't write this for hits?? That is hilarious, and so disingenuous. Adam Lambert probably has the best pitch, range, and tone of any male singer in the pop/rock genre. James is great, but he isn't Adam. Why the constant comparison? Adam is more of a pop singer than a rock singer. When he sings rock(Which he does brilliantly!) it is more Glam Rock. This is getting old really quickly.I wish James all the best, but please stop pushing him on us. I was all for James until the media tried to make it into an Adam/James competition. Such a turn off. Just let each suceed in their own right, and stop the ludicrous comparisons. Btw....Go Casey Abrams!

Paula said...

OK so none of your arguments are valid! Adam has the best voice in music today period! end of argument. He can sing anything and be amazing doing it! Durbin better I don't think so, but you did get some hits. So Yay for you!

Anonymous said...

You know, I just heard about this guy, and I decided to check him out. After a quick Google search, I found this-- and I gotta say, both groups need to back off! I'm a serious die-hard Lambert fan, but I really like this guy too. Who(m?)ever wrote this blog needs to realize that they'll get a better blog following AND better promote this guy by actually PROMOTING him, not tearing down his predecessor! Do you think James or Adam would be happy about being pitted against each other? The answer is most likely no, not at all.

Anonymous said...

The person who said she is a Glambert and that JD has a better middle range. Stop saying you are an Adam fan because you and I know you are not. It is so laughable that you think JD has a better middle range. What middle range is that? You want to compare Go view videos of Adam singing A Change Is Going to Come or Sleepwalker. or go listen to Adam singing Purple Haze/WLL from Copenhagen. Adam is a Rock God, He is Pop, and can even sing a mean Jazz as witnessed in Vancouver. He can sing any genre and be Brilliant. Get Real and stop this madness. An Adam Lambert comes along so rarely. The writer of this article and this commenter have lost their senses and lack a musical soul!!

Unknown said...

comparing James Durbin to Adam Lambert.........hahahaha. Poor James is a wannabe with a pretty good voice but obviously has no personality of his own so he tried to steal Adams.

Anonymous said...

omfg asfghkl whoever M. is, who's comment is above, I LOVE YOU. Pretty sure we have the same brain.

Anonymous said...

You know how upset Adam's fans get if anyone says something negative about him, so why go there? Why damage James Durbins big chance by comparing him to Adam? How unfair to both James and Adam. I like James Durbin too, so please keep Adam out of this unless its something positive.

Anonymous said...

I never cared a lot for Adam's voice but I really like James. He does have a great tone - do prefer the tone of his voice to Adam's. Also, he just seems real. Not that Adam isn't a good guy and not that he doesn't deserve praise. I happen to be a Kris fan but I like Adam. I just prefer the way James sounds, and the way he puts so much raw emotion into his singing. Where Adam never really seems to get very gritty.

Anonymous said...

This is a moronic attempt to get clicks, Be careful because there are a lot of Adam fans who will not click on your stories anymore because of these blatant click-bate-and-switch articles.ista

Anonymous said...

James needs to define HIMSELF...copying Adam week after week is just NOT going to cut it...for one thing Adam's fans will NOT vote for him, and he NEEDS their votes. The high notes are NOT as pure as Adam's and NOT clean....and the persona is VERY FORCED for me. I'm just sayin', there is NO ONE IN THE WORLD like Adam!

Anonymous said...

@Bob Zerull
Just so you know.... they did find out that the results from American Idol Season 8 was a little manipulated. A group of Kris Allen fans were given phones for texting in their vote for Kris Allen.

Adam Lambert is extremely talented and I believe that a person should not be based off another person. For example, at one point people were saying that Adam Lambert was the "Male Lady Gaga", Lambert's response to that was I'm not the male Lady Gaga, I'm Adam Lambert. I personally think that Adam Lambert can do many things musically, your saying that he is believed to be a rocker is incorrect because if he wanted to be he could. Lambert himself even said that if his fans wanted a rap album from him, would give it his best shot at it.

I don't like when people say "new Adam Lambert" or "Male Lady Gaga" because they are not those people, they are uniquely themselves and unless the two that are being compared have the same name, I don't think it is right. As I said before, everybody is unique in their own way, Adam Lambert (btw I am a huge fan of his) and James Durbin.

Mooo said...

Hark! I hear the thundering sound of a thousand Sparkle Cow hooves! Better watch out, they might start a petition to get you fired for this!

Anonymous said...

I think it is stupid that JD is copying Adam's song choices because Adam chose every song that meant something to him and injected a lot of thought and emotion in his performances. Who does JD think he is? To me he is just trying to pull off being someone who he isn't and can never be because Adam is just way more humble and generous than any celeb I have ever seen. All of us Glamberts are not happy about this.

Anonymous said...

James may act more like a rocker, but his vocal skills, control, and stage presence doesn't even come close to Adam. He'd have to stay up way past his bedtime and then hope he could sing as well in his dreams.

Anonymous said...

I think Lambert and Durbin could do a song together

LAMBERTBLOWS said...

Of course James is the Next Adam Lambert. He screams like a guinea pig in a blender and no self-respecting fan of rock and roll would listen to him.
Do you know who is not the next Adam Lambert? Someone with the talent and the integrity to make it in the industry the legit way.

Anonymous said...

I get Adam Lambert confused with Clay Aiken.
Too busy having a life to care about these Barry Manilow/ Neil Diamond types.

Anonymous said...

Sorry ... NO comparison between ADAM & James D. ADAM *SINGS* ... JD WAILS ... his rendition of A Change is Gonna Come ... it did ... I CHANGED the channel ... it hurt to watch him. NOW ... let's talk about Jacob Lusk & Pia Toscano ... now there are two PHENOMENAL singers who deserve to become the next American Idol!! LOVE them both!!

tess4ADAM

lady.lamb said...

Are you freaking kidding me? You're comparing him to ADAM LAMBERT?

NOBODY is better than Adam. Seriously. Durbin looks like he's in pain singing. Constipated.

Anonymous said...

James Durbin. FAIL.

Lambert's fans will butcher you alive for even trying to compare him to Adam.

Anonymous said...

Lambert fans will butcher you anyway. Homegirls got eat and eat and eat.

fabulousfilly said...

I'd like to point out that Adam will be performing an Accoustic version of "Aftermath" on Idol March 10th. Tune in and then you can decide for yourself who the better singer is. Bob, I for one am not going to rise to the bait you set out. You got us here by pimping Adam's name and baiting Glamberts to defend Adam. My aren't you proud of yourself to resorting to those tactics to get people to read your articles. What a douche!!!!

Anonymous said...

Adam Lambert just tweeted that he's making a Guest Appearance on Idol next week to perform the acoustic version of his song "Aftermath". Just Adam & a guitar. I've heard it live in concert and on his acoustic album. His range, tone, pitch is ridiculously good on this song. Plus, it has an "uplifting" message. Basically, he's going to show 'em how it's done and America is going to go nuts for him again...mark my words.

Anonymous said...

If you didn't mention Adam lambert, you think you would have that many readers and comments posted?

Anonymous said...

@Bill Zerull

If James is so great, don't add Adam's name in any article related to James and see how many hits James manages to earn you.

P.S. It's kind of dumb to ask why Adam Lambert's name is in the article when you're the one who wrote the said article.

Staciegirlie

Anonymous said...

Regarding the Glambert who claims James middle range is better:

I so would like to drop names right now, but I can think of 4 people in my twitter feed that are traitors to Adam.

Be careful. I will call you guys out with the quickness.

Anonymous said...

I'm rooting for James. Very rarely, a singer covers an iconic song that makes me feel almost blasphemous for favorably comparing it to the original, like the late Eva Cassidy's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (the only one I've heard better than Judy Garland), and more recently James Durbin's cover of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", Dec. 30, 2010 at the Rio Theater. He took a great song to new heights, using the instrument that is his voice as a complement to some very fine guitar-playing by his bandmate.

I don't understand why fans of Adam Lambert would get riled at a comparison. It's not an either-or choice; both can be successful. I think Adam has a terrific voice, and if he put out an album with songs I actually want to listen to, I would buy it. If I want to compare Adam Lambert to another singer, it wouldn't be James Durbin, it would be George Michael. I think George Michael has one of the best male voices on the planet, but I can't even listen to half of his catalog. Adam has a voice that comes close to George's, but so far he hasn't used it to record anything more compelling than cheesy pop and dance music. I've been disappointed in him so far. His season of American Idol was the first I watched; I accidentally saw his performance of "Mad World" and it drew me in. What happened to that Adam?

Anonymous said...

Well now, time to write "Zoinks" off my reading list. Tired of Adam being purposely used for hits and then reading negative statements within the article and the comments on top of that. Grammy-nominated Adam Lambert is in a totally different league than the rest. Adam doesn't need to be defended against other AI contestants or to authors like yourself. Sorry but you just dove to the bottom of my list because of this bull-shit article. I think you just sabotaged your future hit counts.

lady.lamb said...

I saw Adam LIVE last year and he was just a whole package. His voice and stage present were fantastic and as corny as this would sound, he's 'glowing'. He would have put the so called Cullen to shame.

Excited to see him back on Idol stage next week. Aftermath is one of my favorite songs.

Anonymous said...

Bob, James is my favorite for AI10 and I think he's a true rocker. But better tone than Adam Lambert? Adam may or may not be a true classic rocker, but he is definitely much more versatile in terms of the genres he can sing masterfully plus he possesses an uncanny ability to control and modulate an essentially seductive, sweet, clear voice with finesse. Can James do ethereal? I doubt it. N.B., In the upper register Adam consistently maintains tight control and his bella voce while James still overreaches and loses it at the very top.

Anonymous said...

Oh please! This article is funny. You're a big fan of this guy? Well, alright. Congrats. But I have the ears and I can hear the big difference between this guy's voice and Adam's voice. Besides, he hasn't "all package" like Adam has and he's really ugly and non-charismatic.

Anonymous said...

Hey MOOO...R U a cow yourself?...u keep saying Mooo...just sayin'! Get over the sparkle cow insults already, grow up and GET A LIFE!! You were on other sites over a year ago repeating the same insults ...got nothin' new or what?? Evidently you still, after a very long time of calling Adams' fans sparkle cows, PRETEND that you don't like him...than why all this time spent on these sites about him?? Still on the fence about him after all this time, or have u just lost ur marbles?

ovationimpact said...

To late to read all the comments, but you got what you wanted... use Adam Lamberts name and Internet hits will follow, LOL!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Just WOW! to the very tolerant soul(s) who think James'tourettes and aspergers make him just annoying, i say try living with this syndromes day in and day out! How extremely ignorant.

People really are very intolerant of those they don't see as normal. The fact that he has succeeded in overcoming and getting this far deserves nothing less than total respect and admiration. Many Aspies in particular feel isolated and alienated and lonely because people ostracize them for being different. For the past several years I have had the pleasure of getting to know someone with Aspergers. While I admit initially some traits were offputting, I gave this guy a chance and found him to be one of the most genuine and honest people I know. See that's the thing about Aspies and why they a difficult time - they are literal and honest and think others are too. If only that were the case.

So to all the haters - HOP THE F OFF!!! Really, just hop off. Yes there are similarities between the 2. Even Adam Lambert has tweeted that there are similarities and that James is good. I don't think James is a wannabe. He is who he is because that is his nature and his talent. Just search James on youtube and you will find videos of him dating from before Adam was even on Idol and you will see, he is good and he can do more than heavy metal. He can do justice to a beatles ballad. Can Jacob Lush do heavy metal? I doubt it. (Nothing against Jacob because he has a great voice but I doubt the range over genres would be his thing) I for one do not like heavy metal but I loved his Judas Priest cover. It was a gutsy move and a well executed one.

ROCK ON JAMES!! You are an amazing person and a talent that deserves to be showcased!

Bob Zerull said...

I don't know what else to say.

Anonymous said...

nice try loser...Kris Allen a singer for the masses??? Have you checked his album sales lately??

Anonymous said...

Seriously??? You're comparing James Durbin to Adam Lambert??? Adam sounds 100% better on his worst day than James does on his best day. Adam NEVER EVER sings out of tune, & James....well, he almost always screams out of tune very badly. Nothing against James, but no, just NO!

Bob Zerull said...

Stupid Stupid Anonymous loser. I said mass appeal while on the show, because I am comparing Durbin on the show to Lambert on the show. I can't compare what Durbin's done after the show, because the shows not over yet.

Anonymous said...

And it's interesting, I find, that James sang 'Whole Lotta Love' and 'A Change is Gonna Come'... both which have been covered by Adam.

Now I don't say that people cannot sing what other/previous idols have sung, but it's just too much.

Anonymous said...

OMG, LOfreakinL, I bet one crazy glambert read this, then hurried over to Adam Official to tell all the other old hags that someone somewhere isn't talking nice about their "glamgod". I LOVE IT. The world already knows that Lambert fans are BAT SHIT CRAZY and shouldn't be let out of the nursing home. Old women should be spending time with their grandkids, not online 24/7 fawning over a screaming tranny who wouldn't piss on them if they were on fire.

Anonymous said...

Adam Lambert broke "Idol." That is why the show wants another Adam. That whole Cook/Allen/DeWyze thing hasn't exactly gone global.

But James could never, ever show the vocal versatility of Adam, as the season will amply demonstrate.

Anonymous said...

And BSC envious fans of umpopular idols rush over to insult Adam fans. LOL. I like James just fine but for bloggers who like him and want him to go far, best not to upset Adam's fans by dragging him into articles about James. James will need to stand or fall on his talent alone. Adam has already done his part and his international career is on the move. Besides, I thought Cook was supposed to be the rocker, or at least that is what his fans keep trying to tell us. Funny for the past two seasons the press has been looking for another Lambert. They don't seem to want another Cook or Allen even though those guys won. But for James, I hope he has some success. He will, if people stop trying to make him the next Adam. Let James be James.

LOLLOOOSERS said...

ADAM DID BREAK IDOL, WITH HIS FAT UGLY FACE.

JAMES CAN OUT SING THAT GLITTERY MANPUSS ANY DAY.

Anonymous said...

What the hell? Are you joking?

Anonymous said...

Okay you have proven two things 1) You know how to get hits on your blog. 2)You jump to eroneous conclusions really fast. I like James, but I haven't seen whether he has any real vocal control, if he can really sing or just sream, or if he has a decent peronality. So far he seems a littl arrogant. I hope he does well - but think you're smokin indeed to be jumping up and down and saying better than Lambert already - LMAO!!

Adam Lambert said...

Shut up spark cows. I like James and it is cool that he is being compared to me.

Back to your pens and make sure you download my new acoustic version of Aftermath on Thursday after I perform it.

Peace!

WTF, Is Zoiks now out to get hits...

Anonymous said...

To the person above impersonating Adam Lambert:

Nice try azzhole loser, but you're so busted. One thing about us Glamberts, we're well versed in Adam Lambert facts and information.

Here's what Adam really said:

Durbin sounded badass tonight! Lot more control! And while we both have a rock scream I think we're pretty different stylistically.

I dunno about you guys but I'm favor of more original vocalists on Idol... That have their own sound going on

Anonymous said...

Talent aside, Lambert is so much hotter than this guy. And that's all that matters ;)so ha

Anonymous said...

Durbin did Judas Priest well. Adam Lambert can do many genres extremely well. Adam is exciting because he has the control and the ability to sing anything. Both singers have their obstacles to overcome. Adam Lambert has consistently brought superior vocals for two years. Durbin is just beginning. Adam is performing on Idol next week. Watch the difference. There is room enough to enjoy both for what they bring to the table, but my preference is Adam.

Anonymous said...

You ARE looking for hits. I don't think you can get any just by heavy metal articles. I personally like Adam better, can't stand James "look" (trailer park Adam)or sometimes his attitude. Oh by the way this is the first time I ever heard of you or seen your articles, so how would I know what you are talking about or know anything about music other than you own personal likes??

rebeccastl said...

I was wondering if you ever saw this video of Adam singing Enter Sandman... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NEom69xCX8
That was a cover he did solely for his bass player's bday, and only practiced it twice. Pretty impressive, if you ask me.

Also, having a son with high-functioning autism (who's also very into music!), I really am pulling for James to do well. I can see what others perceive as arrogance, but that's common with Asperger's/Autism. I hope his being on the show will shine some light on people living with this. I am a huge fan of Adam's, and although I think James has a great voice, I think it's really early to be comparing them. I don't want people being compared to Adam. He's one of a kind, and so is James. I wish him all the best, but I'm an Adam fan forever.

Anonymous said...

Durbin's tone is so strained it makes it difficult to listen to him at times. I'm a longtime rock fan with a large music collection and I know what the greats sound like, thank you - and they don't sound like Durbin. In addition, he lacks control, his breathing isn't great and his tuning is off at times. Are you unable to hear or notice these things? I wish him all the best, but he's got a lot of improving to do before he can be considered significant in any way at all. I don't really understand why you should be so enthusiastic about someone who, apart from his scream which occasionally hits the spot, leaves hardcore rock fans absolutely cold. Yes, it would be great to see some rock back in the mainstream of culture. But if Durbin is the best you can offer, the effort is doomed from the start.

tnaftal said...

Bob u got what u wanted in hits and a dialog but u didn't think this all the way thru. What u instigated really was just a sounding board for us to show how high school many of us still are , a common trait of humans. U thought that being Adam fans we would have a sense of humor as Adam always professes that "it ain't that deep" and clearly does have a sense of humor. Many of us follow Adam b/c he as a person really is a more evolved human. He at least acts as a mature positive addition to the human race which is what many of us are striving and stumbling for. I see James Durbin as a diamond in the rough who has a disorder that would keep me in hiding in my home to avoid the stares, pointing fingers and misunderstandings about my tics. Then throw Aspergers on top of it where I don't read ppls cues well and am very literal and come off as arrogant when I'm not..i would now be in the fetal position.
Lets not compare singers. Let them do their performance and be moved or not by it and support , support , support them being brave and more courageous than 3/4 of these anonymous commenters, some well meaning others just plain mean spirited high schoolers. The name calling in posts is childish but still hurts. You would do James a better service by doing research and educating what it really means to have his disorders and try for a life in the public eye. Concentrate on his past accomplishments help us get to know this young man and provide us connections to him so we begin to care about his success / failures and root for him.

Anonymous said...

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Better tone? no.
Better singer? Hell no.
James is a metal singer for sure. I spent the better part of my 20's and 30's (80's into 90's) in metal/rock bars and honestly, he's only slightly better than many of the singers I knew back then. He's murdered (and not in a good way) most of the songs he's sung on AI. His JP song the other night was good... but not great. Close your eyes and listen to him sing. Not much there but the rock wail.. and even that isn't in tune most of the time. He wants to be a metal singer, that's great. But when was the last time new metal/hard rock sold any albums? Thats what this contest is about.. a singer who can actually sing, sell records.

Kathy McKINLEY said...

AMerican Idol ratings came to a screatching halt after season 8..fans werent sitting in front of their t.v.counting the minute's to when Adam took the stage...They are hyping this up +they are using James +Adam to bring the ratings back...dirty pool on their part ..they tried to crucify him after his A.M.A performance of For Your Entertaiment....a lil to late for them to want him now...yes..A.I. exposed him but he got where he is now true talent...oh + A sureFire winner!!

Alisha said...

You clearly have clogged ears. I am proud of James for following his dream while dealing with his conditions. However, he cannot be compared to Adam Lambert. He can sing a phone book and it would sound good. Adam has a tone and range and ability that is rare. Anyone that can sing can throw in a screeching scream but not everyone can make it beautiful as Adam. EFF this site. I'm done.

Anonymous said...

Durbin should kiss the ground ADAM LAMBERT walks on - if he's lucky! Adam's the best thing that ever happened to idol - still and forever. Get a grip and be realistic.

Anonymous said...

Dear Adam Lambert:
Nobody, but nobody, can compare to you! Ever!!

Jades said...

I want some of what ever you have been smoking or ingesting. Have seen this kid and Adam Lambert has more talent in his little finger than this kid has in his whole body. He is NOT anywhere near as good as Adam was in his season 8. I think you need to clean out your ears.

Anonymous said...

Better tone than Adam Lambert?? BWAHHHHAAAAA What drugs are you on?

Durbin's voice makes my ears bleed! He needs to get voted off.

Anonymous said...

Right..James is the best this season. But better than ADAM !!!!!!!!! Please get your years checked, ask for professorial musical advice (i.e ask experts in this field) or...........simply give up commenting about music.

ADAM IS WAY WAY WAY ABOVE ANY OF SEASON 10 contestants. I really mean it ! Did you see Adam on Thursday ? Man you are so out of this?! Do you have basic perception problems?

Anonymous said...

Have to say I love James....when he just sings he a wonderful tone to his voice. Sorry to say I am not an Adam fan, but can understand why many are! Just not not my cup of tea and wouldn't go see him if you gave me free ticket! Fun to read his fans going crazy over this blog!

Anonymous said...

Wtf. Durbin is no match with Adam. Adam is a billion times better than Durbin.

Anonymous said...

Who cares, artists are individuals who express themselves. Who looks at a painting and says someone else is better/worse? Listen to music as if you matched your wine to your food, enjoy the differences. Idol is a media tool to confuse you. Music supposed to be natural.