Steven Tyler Says James Durbin Kicks 30 Second To Mars Ass on American Idol

(hennemusic) It was "old & new" song night on American Idol Wednesday, and James Durbin kicked off the program with "Closer To The Edge" by 30 Seconds To Mars. The rocker expertly worked the room, getting the crowd involved early in the song.

"James, man, I think you kicked that song's ass," said Steven Tyler. "The way you worked the audience, I think you're 'ready for Freddie' [Mercury]."

For the retro track, James chose 1970's "Without You" by Harry Nilsson. In the 'mentor session' early in the week, the song's lyrics connected in a big way with Durbin, and the singer needed to step out of the studio to collect himself. "By the time I actually started listening to the lyrics," said James, "I broke down. Why I'm here is to make a better life for my family, but every time [fiance] Heidi and [2-year old] Hunter come to visit and they have to leave, I have to let them go."

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