James performed in the third group. He sang "Change the World" by Eric Clapton. Although he was originally eliminated, he was chosen to compete in the Wildcard round.
He sang "Drift Away" by Dobie Gray. He was chosen by the judges to become a member of the Top 13.
During the first week, James sang "The Day You Went Away" by Wendy Matthews. He garnered enough votes to be considered "safe" that week.
James sang "Hold On, I'm Comin'" by Sam & Dave. He was put in the Bottom 3 for that week.
James sang "Layla" by Derek and the Dominos. He was put in the Bottom 2 for that week.
James sang "Love the One You're With" by Stephen Stills. He garnered enough votes to be considered "safe" that week.
James sang "Sway" by Dean Martin. He was put in the Bottom 3 for that week.
James sang "Truly" by Lionel Richie. He was eliminated at this stage of the competition.