American Idol finalist James Durbin was eliminated on Thursday, May 12, 2011, after receiving the fewest fan votes. Even judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson looked stunned at the elimination of the singer, who they have been praising heavily. Host Ryan Seacrest announced that almost 72 million votes had been cast, a record breaking number of votes for the Fox TV hit.
Slideshow: Pictures from the American Idol Top 4 shows
American Idol finalist James Durbin talks to Jay Leno – video
Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart are this season’s AMERICAN IDOL Top 3 finalists. James Durbin was eliminated on Thursday night’s show after he received the fewest of America’s almost 72 million votes. On Wednesday’s performance show, the Top 4 performed two songs: one inspirational song and one from the renowned American songwriting and producing duo of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. James Durbin, 22, from Santa Cruz, CA, sang “Don’t Stop Believein’” and “Love Potion No. 9.”
The Thursday night results show featured performances by Lady Gaga, Enrique Iglesias and Season Six Idol winner Jordin Sparks. The episode also featured the world premiere of the video for IDOL judge and rock-and-roll legend Steven Tyler’s first U.S. solo single, “(It) Feels So Good.” Lady Gaga to mentor on American Idol – Steven Tyler to sing
American Idol returns on Wednesday, May 18 (8:00-9:30 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) with performances by the Top 3. Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery and Haley Reinhart. The finalists will perform three songs – one selected by the judges, one selected by in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine and one individual choice.
The Wednesday night show will also give viewers a peek at the extraordinary trips the Top 3, Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart and Scotty McCreery, took when they visited their hometowns.They visit their hometowns this weekend for a homecoming celebration. American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart concert at Arlington Park
On Thursday night, May 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed), the live results show will reveal the two finalists, who will face off in the finale. In addition, catch Italian trio Il Volo performing “O Sole Mio,” as well as Nicole Scherzinger and 50 Cent entertaining the crowd with a performance of “Right There.” Nicole Sherzinger to host The X-Factor
The American Idol season 10 finale airs on special nights, on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25. The final performance show will be on Tuesday, May 24 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed). The final results show of season 10 will be on Wednesday, May 25 (8:00-10:07 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
American Idol is already gearing up for season 11. Host Ryan Seacrest announced additional audition cities and dates for AMERICAN IDOL Season 11, including San Diego, CA, on Friday, July 8; Pittsburgh, PA, on Friday, July 15; and Houston, TX, on Friday, Aug. 26. Previously announced dates include St. Louis, MO, on Tuesday, June 28; Portland, OR, on Saturday, July 2; and Charleston, SC, on Friday, July 22. More details to be announced.
American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez talks to Jay Leno
Steven Tyler and Jacob Lusk talk to Jay Leno