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James Durbin's Rock 'N Roll Wedding Video

Originally posted 01/09/2012 11:10AM



How did rocker James Durbin celebrate his New Year's Eve wedding?

With lightsabers!

The American Idol alum, 23, (who told PEOPLE the evening was "such a blast!") and his longtime love Heidi Lowe, 31, entered their reception carrying glowing swords, which their 85 guests also waved in the air upon their arrival.

To kick off the ceremony, held in a chapel nestled in a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains in California, Durbin sang John Mayer's "Gravity" before Lowe joined him at the altar.

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Inside James Durbin's New Year's Eve Wedding | James Durbin

James Durbin Ties the Knot on New Year's Eve

Originally posted 12/31/2011 09:35PM

James Durbin sure knows how to kick off a new year.

The rocker and American Idol alum wed longtime love Heidi Lowe on New Year's Eve, Durbin's rep confirms. The couple made it official in front of 85 guests – including their 2-year-old son, Hunter, who served as ring bearer – in a chapel at the edge of a redwood forest in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

"We are so in love and happy that we got to share our special day with our closest family and friends,” the couple tells PEOPLE exclusively.

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Idol's James Durbin Planning the Opposite of a Lavish Hollywood Wedding | James Durbin

James Durbin Planning the Opposite of a Lavish Hollywood Wedding

Originally posted 11/07/2011 10:00AM

Fame hasn't gone to James Durbin's head, if his wedding plans are any indication.

"I'm so, so in love. It's going to be a very small wedding. We're only inviting about 85 people," the American Idol alumnus, 22, says of his upcoming nuptials to fiancée Heidi Lowe, set for later this year.

The humble rocker adds: "We're going cheap. We're not doing a full-on Hollywood lavish wedding. We're getting married in the boondock mountains at a community hall. We rented out a tiny tiny little chapel, all exposed red wood. It's nothing super fancy."

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American Idol's James Durbin: Now I Can Plan My Wedding | James Durbin

American Idol

James Durbin: Now I Can Plan My Wedding

Originally posted 05/16/2011 11:40AM

His American Idol journey is over – which means hard-rocking singer James Durbin can finally turn his attention to something even more important: his wedding to girlfriend Heidi.

Admitting that he was "blindsided" by his fourth-place elimination on Thursday night, Durbin says he was quickly reassured by Heidi, with whom he has a toddler son, Hunter.

"She said she loves me to death and it's all that really matters," says Durbin, 22. "Looking back, I auditioned because we couldn't afford diapers – and I don't think have to worry about affording diapers now."

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Rock on! James Durbin's Best Idol Moments | James Durbin

Rock on! James Durbin's Best Idol Moments

Originally posted 05/13/2011 11:55AM

He wanted to give metal a chance – and he did! Watch the rock star-to-be in action

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Rock on! James Durbin's Best Moments | James Durbin

Rock on! James Durbin's Best Moments

Originally posted 05/13/2011 11:55AM

He wanted to give metal a chance – and he did! Watch the rock star-to-be in action

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American Idol Reveals Top Three!

American Idol

American Idol Reveals Top Three!

Originally posted 05/13/2011 08:45AM

Ryan Seacrest put Wednesday night's vote at 72 million, the highest ever for a top four – a quartet on the cusp of being reduced to a trio who'll be celebrated by their hometowns on next week's show.

It turned out that Randy Jackson's recent prediction was inaccurate: James, the high-decibel rocker with the highly emotional back-story, was eliminated after being in the bottom two with country guy Scotty.

"I worked so damn hard to get here and, God, I was really hoping to get there," James said, his voice shaking with tears while Jennifer Lopez cried from the panel. "I did so much stuff that's never been done on this show before ... In my eyes, in my mind ... I did what I came here to do, and that was to give metal a chance!"

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American Idol: Haley's Roller-Coaster Ride

American Idol

American Idol: Haley Reinhart's Roller-Coaster Ride

Originally posted 05/12/2011 07:30AM

Thematically, Wednesday's American Idol show was a jackalope, a hybrid creature that didn't make much sense.

The four finalists were expected to sing two songs – one inspiring, the other moving. But isn't an inspiring song moving? Not only that, but the "moving" song would be from the vintage pop-rock catalog of songwriters Leiber and Stoller. At that point – the second half of the show – producer Jimmy Iovine, absent during the first 45 minutes, showed up with the funny, fabulous, totally non-vintage Lady Gaga as the night's mentor.

Gaga seemed to be wearing a wig made from a panda – something similar to her hair at the end of her "Judas" video – and was shot sitting against a white background.

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American Idol: Why Scotty McCreery Is Always on Your Mind

American Idol

Scotty McCreery, James Durbin Faceoff on Idol

Originally posted 05/05/2011 08:45AM

Elvis is back in the building.

Scotty McCreery made his mark on Wednesday's American Idol – which presented the final five, with Sheryl Crow mentoring – by bringing out the big guns: Elvis's sentimental chesnut "Always on My Mind." He sang it with the easy inevitability of bread browning in a toaster. Jennifer Lopez said he'd proven his versatility. "Beautiful," said Steven Tyler.

Each singer got to sing twice on Wednesday – one contemporary song and one classic. McCreery also covered Montgomery Gentry's "Gone," and it was a total smash and surprise, chugging along with locomotive energy. "I saw you dance with the devil tonight, and that's a good thing for you," said Steven.

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American Idol's Lauren Alaina Talks About Meeting Miley Cyrus | Lauren Alaina

American Idol

American Idol's Lauren Alaina Talks About Meeting Miley Cyrus

Originally posted 04/28/2011 02:00PM

After a night dedicated to the music of singer-songwriter Carole King, the top six contestants remaining on American Idol spoke to reporters about the pressing issues of the night.

Who's that guy? And how was Miley Cyrus?
Did Lauren Alaina know Brett, the boy she pulled up on stage to sit next to her during her rendition of "Where You Lead"? "I wanted a cute guy up there and he's an intern for American Idol," Alaina said, "They said if he looked like he enjoyed it, he can't get fired because he's not getting paid, so it just worked out. I don't even really know him!"

As for meeting her idol Miley Cyrus (producer Jimmy Iovine more-than favorably compared her to the superstar when she sang "The Climb"), Alaina said, "I love her! She's got a lot of the same, what do you call it, sense of humor? We have the same sense of humor."

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