HitFix: So are you going to change for "American Idol" or is "American Idol" going to change for you?
James Durbin: "American Idol" is definitely going to change for me. I'm not going anywhere. I'm still going to be the same guy. I'm here to push the bar a little bit. Other people did it in the past and I'm just here to push it that extra step, so that people in later seasons can follow in my footsteps and push it even further and further and further and who knows where it's gonna go.
HitFix: So Judas Priest. How was *that* the song you decided to do for the Top 24?
JD: I wanted to find something that no one had ever done on "American Idol." I searched the list. I searched songs that I had written down that I was thinking about doing. I threw it ought there. It was something where I could stay true to the original and at the same time, add in my little flair and push the bar. Rob Halford is an incredible singer, originally trained for opera, and as the frontman of the group, he's just incredible. I got wished, from them, good luck and then after the show, I got "Awesome job." So who knows what will happen down the line. I definitely want to keep pushing the bar. Maybe some AC/DC? Guns N' Roses, perhaps? Iron Maiden. Queensryche! Metallica! Ozzy! Dio! Something new and fresh and keep everybody guessing. What's he gonna do next? What's my next move?
HitFix: How committed are you to keeping the rock hard?
JD: I'm pretty committed to keeping it hard. I've been keeping it pretty hard lately. Sometimes I need to pull it back to keep that mainstream audience, pull it back a couple decades, a little bit before the '80s. I love the '80s. I love everything that's come out of the '80s, but sometimes you've got to go back a little more to please that further audience.