James continues to astound. In a year of outstanding talent, he stands out. The “Durb” as he’s called in the local Santa Cruz newspaper, is a hometown hero, AND, a source of pride for the ASD community. While there are so many things to like about him, my favorite quality is his ability to be in the moment. He wears his heart, and his life, out where we can see it. It brings an honesty to his performances and allows us to feel the stress of the judging nights. For example, tonight (spoiler alert!), Stefano was voted out. James hung his head and sobbed, and when Stefano finished his swan song, James ran onto the stage, picked up Stefano and engulfed him in a bear hug.
James, you’re the real deal!