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Stars outraged by James Durbin's elimination from 'American Idol'

May 13, 2011 |  2:11 pm

MB1_0993 Devastated to see James Durbin booted from "American Idol" while Haley Reinhart, Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina move on to the top three? You're definitely not the only one: Show Tracker readers, in great number, have been sounding off about the injustice of it all since the blow was delivered Thursday night.

What's more, you've got lots of company among the celebrity set.

"I'm sad to see James go on Idol!!! :( he was one of my favorites!!," tweeted "Dancing With the Stars" pro Cheryl Burke after Durbin's elimination was announced.

"I'm devastated at the results in AMericon Idol!! I was weeping at James' loss! He is the real deal!!!" "The Closer" star Kyra Sedgwick revealed, adding that Durbin is "truly gifted and moving to watch!"

"My brain is exploding!!! James gets booted.... Scotty stays?! Dark days indeed," wrote TV veteran Mackenzie Phillips, who knows a few things about dark days.

"I'm very upset with #AmericanIdol tonight. Very, very, very, upset," Alyssa Milano tweeted, inviting her followers to share their frustration as well. "Can we talk about this, please? Ready? Go!" Her old "Charmed" pal Kaley Cuoco took Milano up on her invitation, responding "so sad!!!!"
 
And it wasn't just the female stars who were reeling from Durbin's unexpected ouster: "hard to find a template for how hard I took James Durbin's elimination. am weirded out by my own reaction..beauty befouled..justice undone.." tweeted writer/director James L. Brooks.

Durbin himself seems to have wiped away those tears and recovered his equilibrium, tweeting Friday morning, "It's ok. To all my fans, I LOVE you ALL! I'm Optimistic Prime! Time to get to work! Thank you for EVERYTHING!"

See? It's all going to work out fine.

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— Amy Reiter

Photo: James Durbin is eliminated from "American Idol" on Thursday. From left, Durbin, Scotty McCreery and Ryan Seacrest. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox.

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