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Idol's James Durbin takes stance against bullying

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WEST PALM BEACH, FL (WFLX) - He brought heavy metal to the American Idol stage, and now James Durbin is using the number one show on television as a launching pad for his rockin' career.

"It felt great to push the bar and do something different and do something that had never been done before," said Durbin. "We're actually going back to the Idol stage April 12, so mark your calendars."

Durbin, in town to perform at WRMF's Girls Night Out, dropped his debut album, Memories of a Beautiful Disaster, six months after his run on American Idol. "There are so many things to be grateful for, so many things to be thankful for. I can't believe it's been just over a year."

Diagnosed with Tourettes and Aspergers, Durbin is not just using the platform provided by Idol to launch his musical career. "I was bullied throughout elementary school, middle school and high school -- assaulted, spit on, you name it, awful things," said Durbin.

"Now with this newfound celebrity, if that's what you want to call it, I'm excited that I can do something for a greater purpose. If I'm out there in the spotlight, and I'm being heard. I have a voice. So I'm going to shout it from the rooftop. Luckily, I was able to become part of "Be a Star" alliance which is [co-founded by] the Creative Coalition and WWE. I'm a huge WWE fan and a big advocate of bullying, so it was a no-brainer."

Catch James Durbin Friday night at the West Palm Beach's Marriott for a special 'Girls Night Out' concert benefiting Autism Speaks, Susan G. Komen for the Cure and AVDA (print free ticket).

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