We have to be honest. When James Durbin headed toward the stage dressed in what Steven Tyler described as “Max Max meets Storm Troopers on Melrose” gear, we were slightly worried. But even though he was only the second performance of the night, Durbin utterly rocked the “American Idol” audience with his high-octane (and octave) cover of Muse’s “Uprising.”

idol durbin muse 'American Idol': James Durbin stages his 'Uprising'; the house is rockedAlthough the accompaniment of a gang of marching band drummers could’ve come off as gimmicky (and kind of Gwen Stefani copy-catty), the heavy beats matched Durbin’s voice — a voice that continues to get strengthen with each week of the competition. We can only predict that by the season finale (if he makes it that far), Durbin will be breaking glasses with his high notes.

“Theatrically the best performance of the night,” said Jennifer Lopez.

Randy Jackson agreed, saying, “Yo, you were unbelievable up there. I’m gonna say I think this is probably the best performance of the night.”

As usual, Steven went in a different direction, commenting on Durbin’s “Thunderdome” reminiscent ensemble, quipping “You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.”

Did James Durbin turn in the best performance of the night?

Posted by:Liz Kelly Nelson