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'American Idol' Outrage: The Wrong Person Got Sent Home!

Thu, May 12, 2011 10:16pm EDT by 107 Comments

What the heck happened on ‘American Idol’ May 12? We sent the wrong contestant packing — he should have won!

We didn’t see this one coming. In the biggest shocker on American Idol this season, the judges’ favorite (and the expected contestant to win) — James Durbin — was sent packing May 12. What went wrong?

James, 22, has been one of the most consistent contestants throughout season 10 and we had him pegged to go all the way through the end. Not only does he have the vocal talent of a rockstar, James won us over with his plight: he has both Asperger’s Syndrome AND Tourette’s … talk about beating the odds.‘s reporter, Russ Weakland, was in the audience during the live taping and said James handled his exit like a champ.

“The audience was booing the decision really loudly, but all James did was go over to Scotty and say, ‘You better win this; you have to win this…”

Russ added, “This is when Scotty started balling and couldn’t control his emotions and was crying heavily.”

Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart are the only three contestants left standing. This is the first time since season six we’ve had a female in the top four.

Do YOU think a girl will win this season? How did you feel about James getting the boot? Sound off below!

Kirstin Benson, with reporting by Russ Weakland


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