The San Jose Mercury News has published a great collection of appreciation and support for James Durbin. In one example, Alex Sawyers wrote,
I will admit, up until this season, I hadn’t followed ‘American Idol’ too much. But when I heard about James Durbin’s story, I was immediately glued to the TV. I, like James, have Asperger’s syndrome and was teased and bullied in school.
He has been such an inspiration for me, as well as so many others on the autism spectrum. Whenever I see him perform on the Idol stage, I feel he is representing everyone who is facing major obstacle in their life. Other than my autistic twin brother, I have never wanted anything more for anyone else than for James Durbin to become the next American Idol. If that was to be, I would be so ecstatic for him. He is a symbol of hope for us that it is possible to accomplish anything in your life, no matter what. James Durbin and his story inspires me more than anything ever has in my life. GO JAMES!!!
- Alex Sawyers, Dublin, Ohio
Source: “An outpouring of James Durbin appreciation: From Santa Cruz and around the world,” San Jose Mercury News, 5/11/11
Photo: In this publicity image released by Fox, James Durbin performs on the singing competition series “American Idol, ” Wednesday, May 4, 2011 in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Fox, Michael Becker)