Durbin, who was a surprise elimination from the show last year, said he is surprised Laine didn't make it further.
"I'm disappointed. She was my pick to win," he said. "She actually has stage presence. She puts on a show. That's what I try to do as much as possible, that's what I evoke, and that's what inspires me. And that was cool to see for her genre. She loves Miranda [Lambert], and she loves Reba [McEntire] and she loves Jason Aldean, and that's perfect for her, that's her audience that she's aiming at, and that's the kind of music I could see her making."
Durbin also had a few nice things to say about Colton Dixon, whom he had previously slated for a lack of authenticity.
"The only reason I said that was because it seemed like he had shied away from what he was," Durbin explained. "I got to talk to him when I was there [last month], and he's a great kid, he's a great singer, and I'm excited to hear what he puts out. It's exciting for any sort of genre of music just to see something new, and he definitely has his base. He knows where he's at, so I just like to see artists like himself who know who they are be who they are.
"Idol is an interesting thing to be on, because people are pulling you in every which direction, and you just have to be comfortable in your own skin, knowing who you are and knowing what makes you tick and knowing what you want to convey and how you want to be perceived," he continued. "I mean, it basically boils down to you. If you want be looked at as a Rock God, then you have to act like a Rock God. ... You gotta be it, live it, breathe it, eat it, sleep it, poop it."