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UPDATED PHOTO GALLERY: American Idol Contestant Returns to Santa Cruz for James Durbin Day

Durbin came home to Santa Cruz on Saturday.

Durbin Day started on Friday at the Louden Nelson Community Center, and then performed in front of over 20,000 people on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.

Stay tuned to Patch for further video coverage of Durbin Day.

June Benson May 15, 2011 at 12:13 AM
You are the Best, I believe there was a miscount, There is no way u could have been voted off, Keep up your beautiful music, Hugs to u your wife & Baby Love ya Grandma June
Frances Guerrero May 15, 2011 at 03:29 AM
There is no way 20,000+ people can be wrong. Ditto- You are the best! You are making history, go follow your dream and we will support ... a city boy Born and raised in Santa Cruz, who took the midnight train goin' straight to the top! We are very proud of you! We love you James, Heidi & Hunter
Helen G May 15, 2011 at 06:42 AM
James you are amazing! You should have won by a mile, goodness knows who was voting? Shame all your English fans couldn't. I have been behind you since seeing your first audition, what a great guy you are with a beautiful family, a real inspiration to us all! Can't wait to buy your album. Good luck to you, Heidi and Hunter! Love Helen from England X
flor May 15, 2011 at 06:43 AM
I Lve in Germany and a big fan of James. I hope I can visit Santacruz. It's a beautiful place with beautiful warm friendly people!
Linda Milgate May 15, 2011 at 02:32 PM
linda James can't wait for your CD which will be a big hit with all. A joy watching and hearing you perform. An inspiration to many. You made me move to the music and that isn''t easy at my age!!
valerie hayes May 15, 2011 at 05:42 PM
You are wise beyond your years. You have an inner voice that sings thru you. Pleez keep listening to that voice. It is what we need and want to hear. V.j.b.h...abig fan.
Suzanne Simonovich May 15, 2011 at 10:54 PM
Congratulations to James, Heidi, & Hunter; What a wonderful family! The Simonovich family here in Pleasant Prairie Wisconsin wish all of you much happiness. We are elated that you had the chance to experience "Your Welcome Home James Durbin Day" We look forward to purchasing your CD's. Keep the music coming! God Bless you!
HawaiiKai88 May 15, 2011 at 11:18 PM
I'll bet he lost by only a few votes. Since the judges don't give a score, the number of votes for each candidate should be revealed weekly !!
Audrey O'Neal May 16, 2011 at 04:09 PM
I truly believe there was a miss count! I will NOT watch Idol anymore. Too boring, At least when James was on, you were entertained. The other idol's just sing. You go James, you're the best.

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