Jim attended Columbia College as a music theater major before trying out for American Idol.
He thinks his music sounds like a mix between George Michael, Justin Timberlake, Avril Lavigne.
Outside of season 1, Jim's favorite Idol performance was 'Bohemian Rhapsody' by Costantine Maroulis in Season 4.
Jim's heroes are his mom, Matthew Shephard, and George Michael.
Verraros was considered for a role on the Here! series Dante's Cove.
Verraros is an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bears, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bulls.
Verarros is a star of the 2004 gay-themed comedy Eating Out and its 2006 sequel, Eating Out 2: Sloppy Seconds.
Jim's first indie CD Unsaid and Understood, released in 2003, won the 2004 Outmusic Award for Outstanding New Recording - Debut Male.
Jim was cut the first top 10 week of American Idol along with EJay Day, putting him in ninth place.
Jim's favorite song is "Trust a Try" by Janet Jackson.
He debuted mainstream with his album Rollercoaster in 2005, which included the Top 25 Billboard Hot Club/Dance Chart hit "You Turn It On." Other singles on the CD charted in the Top 30 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Jim came out publicly in an article published in The Advocate.
Although Jim was open with other contestants and Idol employees about his homosexuality, he never spoke about it on air.
Being raised by deaf parents, he is fluent in American Sign Language.
Jim: There's something about salsa and Latin music that is so addictive and makes you want to dance. There's a lot of sexual energy that comes from songs like that. Again, it's just me trying to stand out from the crowd, as far as Idols are concerned. I think a lot of reviewers have said things about Idols still coming into their own or trying to find their voice. I think that I, as a musician, cannot be boxed into one genre. I'm influenced by so many different people, ranging from Tina Turner to Janet Jackson to George Michael.
Jim: I needed to be true to myself and embrace the reality that people are just people, and no one should ever be judged based on their sexuality. I knew of the risks associated within the music community for being true to my fans and myself. But, this disclosure does not define me, my music, or my career, as I am a human being first and foremost.
Jim (on his film 'Eating Out'): Eating Out is a college comedy, similar to that of American Pie. It's about a guy who has to play gay to get the girl he wants. I play Kyle, who is a gay musician who lusts after Marc, played by Desperate Housewives' Ryan Carnes. He's the guy who isn't so attractive, kind of nerdy, but vulnerable.
Jim (about going on the American Idol Top 10 tour): We did a 30 city tour in 40 days. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I was able to interact with the crowd in ways I couldn't on the show. The crowd definitely saw a different side of us rather than what just the cameras showed. The crowd was really responsive, and had a great time.
Jim (on how he came up with his second album's title): "Rollercoaster" is just a one-word description that encompasses my life before Idol, after Idol, and present-time. It's been a time of ups and downs, twists and turns...very unstable. It also describes the album as well. There are high points, low points...and I felt as though "Rollercoaster," was the word to truly define my life and music.
Jim (on having parents with a disability): Yes, both of my parents are deaf. They weren't born deaf; both had contracted German Measles at six weeks old. And their loss of hearing was a result of high fevers. I grew up fluent in sign language and was given an enormous amount of responsibility at a very young age. It allowed me to be very close to adults, rather than children my own age.