Surprisingly, James Durbin was sent back home to Santa Cruz Thursday night.

It didn’t cost him a spot on the Idol Summer Tour. It didn’t cost him a pretty good shot now at a career in music.

But what it did cost him was a chance to win it all, pretty much guaranteed riches to set up the rest of his life and – as one of the top three – a trip back home as a hero and one of the top three finalists.

What do you think? A deserved elimination or a joke? He did bring to the Idol table an array of songs never heard on that stage before and a unique personality from bowing down to Hulk Hogan to bear-hugging Stefano.

Your thoughts.