'American Idol': James Durbin overcomes Asperger's, Tourette's and more to rock out


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"American Idol" found a genuine rocker in San Francisco in the form of James Durbin. Not only that, but poor James overcame such obstacles as a father who OD'd when he was nine years old, being diagnosed with Tourettes and Asperger's syndromes and having a son at the age of 21 (which is his own deal, he takes full responsibility).

He's a pretty inspirational story adn his voice reminds us more than a little of Adam Lambert. Like Glambert, James gets a little screamy on some parts, but since he's a rocker, that is to be expected.

What did you think of Durbin's audition on "You Shook Me" and "Dream On"? We thought he got some pretty high praise from Steven Tyler and since he  was doing one of Tyler's own songs, that is a compliment indeed.

Hope to see James do well in Hollywood Week.

Photo/Video credit: FOX