James Durbin chose Harry Nielsen’s “Without You” for the oldie part of the “Now and Then” theme of the “American Idol” Top 5. He got so emotional about the lyrics during rehearsal that he had to leave.

And the emotion didn’t stop with his performance. Like Randy said, it wasn’t perfect. It just wasn’t, there were some pitch problems. But it’s hard to sing when you are choking back tears. Your throat gets all tight and it becomes difficult to sing at all, let alone on pitch. We thought it was a solid performance.

What did you think? One of James’ best? “Emotionally perfect,” as Randy said it was? Did you like it better than his first song? We did.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."