Colton Dixon spoke with reporters by phone this afternoon about his elimination, plans for the future, his favorite judge, what he would have performed next week for Queen week, and more. At the bottom of the page, check out a round up of interviews from around the web.

  • What kind of album does he see himself making? Does he plan to work with his sister? “I definitely want to do Christian music. I hope that I get to, but right now I’m going to write as much as I can and see what comes out and then whatever the product is of that, will be where I’m placed as far as a genre of music. With my sister–I had someone earlier today ask me if I would do a duet with my sister on an album. I think that would be amazing. It’s a great idea. I’ll look into it and see if she wants to do, which I’m sure she’d love to. That would be so much fun. But we’ll have to see and cross the bridge if and when it comes.”
  • How does he make his song choices on the show? “We have one to two days to choose a song or two songs, if it’s a two song week. It’s rough. They give you a song list and you choose either from 13 songs on a list or a two page list. For this week, it was a two page list for the Top 100 #1s from 2000 to now and then a two page list for Soul Train.  You just have to go through and see what you can do with the song. Unfortunately, I don’t think I chose the best one this week. It’s all good. But with choosing a song you just got to make sure it’s something you can connect to and that’s what I try and focus on first. And then the musicality and how you’re going to perform it comes later.”
  • On Carrie Underwood tweeting in support of Colton last night, “I haven’t seen them through twitter, but during an interview last night afterwards someone told me what she had wrote and I just want to say thanks. She has done so well since American Idol and I love that she doesn’t shy away from her faith either. So it’s nice to see someone doing what I want to do away from the show give me good encouragement—it was amazing to see that and I really do appreciate it.”
  • What advice did he receive while he was on the show that he’s going to carry with him from now on? “Always stay true to yourself no matter who’s in your ear telling you to do this that and the other. At the end of the day it’s your decision. Unfortunately, song choice got the best of me this week. It was a hard lesson learned, but you know, I needed to learn that lesson. You have to have a valley before you can peak. What’s cool about this is I don’t think I’ve peaked yet. Which makes me excited for this album–or hopeful album, I should say! We’ll see what happens. Always remaining true to yourself, for sure.”
  • Does he plan on working and writing in Nashville? “I miss Nashville so much. I have several friends who love to write in and around Nashville and Franklin and Murfreesboro—so I’m excited to get back and start working and see what we come up with. I definitely plan on staying somewhere around Nashville for sure.”
  • Would he like to have a career like Lifehouse or Switchfoot—a Christian band that appeals to a wider audience? “Absolutely. I’m so thankful for the Idol platform because I was able to reach so many more people than just the Christian market. I’m extremely thankful for that. Doing a Switchfoot route would be amazing. It would be exactly what I want to do. I could get the best of both worlds. I could maybe tour with a Chris Daughtry, or Paramore or even Switchfoot and then hit the main churches along the way too. It’s about a ministry for me. I’d be able to share the message with people who already know and for those who maybe don’t know. I’d love to be able to do that.”
  • On apologizing after he was booted last night, “First of all, seeing the way I came across on camera after going backstage after “September”—I was kind of disappointed. One, with TV editing. But again, I said it. That’s definitely not who I am. That struck me the wrong way. But especially with song choice—I’ve taken pride in knowing who I am and really taking a stance in my faith. I think by choosing “Bad Romance” I turned off a lot of those voters, which are my core voters. It was an apology for both of those things. I’m sorry that I got caught up in the musicality and performance this week instead of what it should have been—which is the connection to a song that I normally bring every week. I hate that I had to go out on that note, but I got a chance to do “Everything” by Lifehouse again and I’m glad I got to do that.”
  • On singing “Everything”–a song with strong religious feeling–on the show, “The producers and everyone else on the show are saying ‘be who you are—you got this far based on that.’ I  was going to do this anyway, but that just really gave me a good little kick into doing “Everything” by Lifehouse. I’m a Christian and I’m not going to shy away from it. I thought I should share that with everyone watching. I got great feedback from what I did. I was so glad I got to do it, not once but twice on the show. I think that made an impact and that encouraged fellow believers to take a stand for what they believe in and not be ashamed of it.”
  • Daughtry once said that he was glad that he lost, because winning would have wrecked his rock cred. Does Colton agree? “I’m not sure if I completely agree with that. Winning provides many, many many opportunities that me and 5 other people aren’t going to get to experience. However, Idol is such a huge platform, and so many people watch it, from a certain point on that people now know who I am and who I stand for and what I want to do. I understand what Chris is saying. But at the same time, I think—I’m not going to lie– it would have been nice to win. But by not winning, I’m more flexible with what I can and can’t do. Everything happens for a reason and God’s got a plan so I’m just going to trust it and go along with it.”
  • Who does Colton think will make it into the finals? “In seasons past I could clearly pick a winner, and I’m not just saying this just because they’re all dear to me, but it’s anyone’s game.  I genuinely mean that. I would think a lot of people were surprised by me leaving last night. It goes to show you that no one is safe. America has to vote for their favorites. There are a couple of people who stand out every week, but at the same time, there’s room for dark horses in this race. Everyone did so well this week, and I know that streak is going to continue. Honestly, I’m just as curious as everyone else who is going to take this thing home. I honestly have no clue.”
  • Were there any judges in particular that he felt were too hard on him? Did he find himself getting frustrated with any of them? “I was frustrated after I did “September”, just because they tell me to be true to who I am and they love the way that I change up a song, and yet they didn’t like “September”, which I thought I did to a T to who I am.  That was a little frustrating. But at the same time—it didn’t show off a lot of vocals, and the range wasn’t crazy. I understand it from a vocal competition standpoint. It’s frustrating, but at the same time I kinda get it. After hearing comments like ‘I can hear you on the radio today…You’re ready to make a record today’ from Steven—so encouraging. It makes me want to write this very second and get a record together. I am stoked for what’s going to happen.”
  • Which judge gave Colton the best advice, “I think Randy has given the best. I love them all and they all bring something different. Randy has really reached out and invested in me, and I love seeing that. He told me, ‘Never stray too far from who you are, always up your game.’ It’s not week to week now, but it might be song to song or album to album hopefully. I’ll definitely take that and always remember that.”
  • What was his riskiest move as far as song choice? “I think the biggest risk was “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga. I think it was a bad risk to take because I didn’t really think it through. I think musically and performance wise and image I was so happy with the way it turned out, but at the same time—the message that was portrayed wasn’t really who I was. And that’s normally the first thing that I think about, and for whatever reason I overlooked that this week. I lost sight of what I normally think of first. I think that’s the main reason why I’m talking to you right now, honestly. But it’s a lesson that I’m going to learn from. And I’m going to get back on my feet and I’m going to write and hopefully put out a record sometime soon. No harm no foul. I’m totally excited about the future.”
  • What songs will he do on the tour, and what would he have done for Queen week next week, “I have no clue what songs I’m going to do on tour. I’m sure we’ll do a couple that we did on the show. So I’ll probably ask fans what their favorites were and figure it out and give them what they want. For Queen, I was wanting to do “The Show Must Go On”. I think that would have been an awesome song. I love the way “Moulin Rouge” did it. That would have been such a fun song—I would have had a choir. I was totally excited about it. I hate that I’m not going to get to do it. That would have been a lot of fun.”
  • Does he think the votes were split between him and Phil Phillips? “I don’t think they were necessarily split. I don’t think it was you were either a Phillip fan or a Colton fan. The demographic for voters are the same for a lot of us. So I hate when Jimmy compared us that way. Phillip is phenomenal at what he does. I’m happy he stayed. He’s fantastic. I’m excited to see what he does on the show, excited to see what he does with Queen. I don’t think it was necessarily split. I know a lot of my fans are Phillip Phillips fans too. It’s going to be cool to see how all of this unwinds.”
  • What was going through his mind leading up to his elimination? What was he thinking immediately afterward? “I had a feeling I was in the bottom three. That didn’t surprise me so much, especially after I was standing next to Jessica and Phillip. That was kind of a giveaway to me. I was surprised just because I’d never been in the bottom. At the same time, I’m OK with it. I’m glad Hollie gets to stay longer. She’s going to kill it next week. All is going to be well. Honestly, it all happened so fast. And since I had never been in the bottom, I didn’t fully understand what was going on. Even this morning when I woke up, I was thinking, ‘Ok, well get ready for the mentor session.’ And then I’m like ‘Oh wait! That wasn’t a bad dream last night!’ It’s weird being on the other side of things and outside of the Idol bubble. I’m excited for what’s coming up. Everything’s going to be OK.”
  • Are the female voters starting to help out the girls more now than in past seasons? “Honestly, I don’t even know what to say. If a girl is going to win any season, it’s this season. The girls are so good. But then again you have Josh Ledet and Phillip Phillips still in it. Seriously, anyone can take it this year. It’s just about who’s willing to put in the work and change up a song and make it their own and really outshine the rest of the group every week. I’m wondering and excited who’s going to take it, just as much as everyone else is, and I know them all. It’s going to be cool to see.”
  • What would be Colton’s ideal theme week if he were to choose his own, “This has never been done on the show, and probably won’t because not everyone is a writer. I think it would be awesome if a theme week one week would be to write a song completely from scratch and play it. That would be so much fun. I love to write. It’d be cool to sit in a room with different co-writers based on each artist. I might need to talk to Nigel about this! I’m getting excited about this theme week! I would love that. That would have been so much fun.”
  • Does he think the judges would have used a save if they still had it on him last night? “Based on this week, and just from their feedback, I don’t know. It’s up in the air. I think I was pretty consistent up until this week, so I would hope they would. But at the same time, I’m really glad they used it on Jessica. She totally deserves it. She’s going to do great things. I would like to think, and hope that they would. I guess we’ll never know.”
  • Colton’s closing remarks, “Thanks for calling in. I’m excited for tour. Be looking out for an album hopefully sometime soon. I’m so excited to write with many different people that I’ve met through this journey. I can’t stress enough my faith and what that means to me. God gave me a voice at 13 years old and I just want to share it. Whether that’s through Christian music, secular music—whatever Thank you for supporting me or following me through the journey. I appreciate it.  Stay tuned, there is going to be more to come, for sure.”

Media Roundup

‘American Idol’ exit interview: ‘I was expecting it’ — VIDEO

“I was expecting the bottom three, especially when [Ryan] paired me with Phillip and Jessica — kind of a giveaway,” the rocker told EW after the show, rolling his eyes. It didn’t help his nerves when Seacrest repositioned the trio, putting Jessica closest to the microphone during a video montage. In the final commercial break before Dixon’s elimination was made official, the singer stared into the giant oval screen with his back to fans trying to reassure him by screaming, “I love you!” Even though Dixon had an inkling what was coming, that didn’t make it any less heartbreaking to watch. (America, be thankful you were spared the sight of Steven Tyler beckoning Dixon’s bawling sister to the stage, not to mention the siblings’ long, sad embrace.)

See the Video at Entertainment Weekly

“I’m good,” Colton told us in the press room. “A little overwhelmed, but I know God is going to use me for other things so I’m good. I regret my first song last night. I thought I was going to be in the bottom three tonight. I wasn’t surprised by that, especially standing next to Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez. I thought I had another week, if not a couple more in me, but someone good has got to go home and it was just me this week. I’ve been trying too hard to get a standing ovation from the judges that I didn’t need. During [my last song] I wasn’t singing for them, or my family, anyone in the audience or anyone at home. That song was between me and my Lord Savior Jesus Christ. We had a cool moment onstage for sure.” – Read more at Eonline

Jennifer Lopez on Colton Dixon’s ‘American Idol’ Elimination

American Idol: Colton Dixon on GDNY

American Idol: Colton Dixon on GDNY: MyFoxNY.com

‘American Idol’s’ Colton Dixon: Lady Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ ‘Turned Off My Audience’ (Video)

Colton Dixon Blames Lady Gaga Song Choice For His ‘Idol’ Elimination

“I strayed too much from who I am. I would not have chosen ‘Bad Romance’ if I had to do it over again, just because I think the meaning behind the song is not something that I necessarily connect with,” Colton explained. “I don’t know why I didn’t catch that. I think a lot of my fans were shocked that I chose that song. Nothing against the song or Lady Gaga–she’s got a thing going on that’s cool–but it’s just not me, who I am as an artist, and I think I let a lot people down with that…Just for me and who I am, what I stand for, it would have been smart to choose a different song.” – Watch the Video at Reality Rocks

10 Questions: Colton Dixon

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  • http://twitter.com/Jakeysnakey19 Jake Williams

    Bye Colton! Won’t miss you!

  • Anonymous

    It also would have been smart to quit posing as a “rocker”.

  • Anonymous

    I didn’t realize how much Colton had grown on me and had become my favorite performer over the course of the last several weeks.  I’m surprisingly sad by his elimination.  His song selections were unpredictable, and I looked forward to see what he would do each week.  I know a lot of people on this blog hated him and wanted him gone, but I’m truly going to miss him on the show.  He made my Idol viewing thrilling each Wednesday.

    So, so, so sad.  Haven’t felt this way about an elimination since Jason Castro or Elliott Yamin left.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    “That song was between me and my Lord Savior Jesus Christ. We had a cool moment onstage for sure.”

    Now Colton also speak for God?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dana-Sidle/100003317515727 Dana Sidle


    That song was between me and my Lord Savior Jesus Christ. We had a cool moment onstage for sure.” – 

    Jesus was on stage last night? I knew I should have paid attention.

  • Anonymous

    I too am going to miss Colton. His music is not my chosen genre but he sure knew how to perform! I do think he will be wildly successful as a Christian music artist.

  • Anonymous

    How can you not know if a song represents what you stand for? Doesn’t make sense to me.

  • Anonymous

    I think Colton was right that he alienated his religious fan base with the lady gaga performance. I liked him at the beginning of the season but he lost me when he was trying too hard to be the “rock guy”, and he just came across as a poser. I thought he left in a classy way though and his sing off was very sincere and heartfelt. He’ll definitely get offers from christian labels, but I don’t know, I’m thinking he could get signed by Jimmy if he accepts to compromise a little. 

  • Anonymous

    How did he not know, you ask?  I think his ambition to win made him want to do something different to gain new fans.  Unfortunately, that something different also turned off his core fans.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Colton will be signed by Jimmy. 

    In this post-elimination interview, Jimmy describes Colton: “He’s a real talent.  He’s very very talented.  He’s a singer-songwriting, and he has a real shot at having a career.”  But nothing like the effusive praise he has for Phillip and Jessica.  Those two and Skylar will be signed, I think.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lw2lxprfgao

  • Anonymous

    Best of luck to Colton. I wish him so much success. He was one of my favorites on the show. I really enjoyed many of his performances on the show, except what he did this week.

    I think he’ll do very well in Christian music.  I am not much of a Christian music fan, but I do like some bands and songs. Who knows, Colton might even have crossover appeal like Switchfoot. I know I’ll be anticipating what he does and support him.

    BTW, I loved his emotional last performance of “Everything.” Even Skylar was singing along. It was a cool moment. A good way to end his run.

  • Anonymous

    hmm, yeah you might be right. I think Phillip and Jessica are locks to get signed. Skylar will also get signed, the others better hope they are in the Top 2, that’s the only way I see them getting signed by Jimmy. 

  • http://twitter.com/oceanarose Cathy Plemel

    I am also very sad to see Colton go.  I have been watching since the first season and the only other elimination that got to me this much was
    Adam Lambert.

    I agree that Colton is a reflective and I might add, smart guy.  He has already realized his mistake, apologized, learned from it and is looking forward.  Too bad the wake up call couldn’t have been just  bottom 3 and not elimination.  I suspect he will be just fine, especially if he can keep realizing and learning from his mistakes so quickly and easily.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Here is a very short recap from Ryan about what went down after Colton was eliminated.

    LINK

  • http://twitter.com/oceanarose Cathy Plemel

     He said in one of the interviews that he wants to end up in Christian music but doesn’t know if he will start there or somewhere else.  It sounds like he would be willing to take an indirect route if need be.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SYFK77IYLRQIVATQ2MJKSW2J7Y Pam

    Yeah, I think you’re right.  After listening to that video, not only does Jimmy not giving glowing praise for Colton but it sounds like he’s not really giving glowing praise to the group as a whole and that there are only a couple of people left that he’s been interested in signing.

    I do think that overall, Colton is a nice kid but his song choices did him in basically.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree.  I wrote in the other thread that I think that Colton let his ambition to win overcome his desire to be “true to himself”. It’s always tricky to attract a fanbase based on qualities other than singing, and especially when a large component of that attraction is religious beliefs, there can inevitably be conflict between the artist’s beliefs and what is consistent with them vs. those religious fans. I also think that Colton is only partly right about the reason for his elimination, and is ignoring the flaws in his singing and arrangement of both of his songs, that may have been also significant factors in why he’s gone.

  • Anonymous

    Going out 7th, there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go the Christian music route right away, if that’s what he wants to do. There is no pressure on him to be a big seller now. I’ve heard he has some connections in Nashville with people who are influential in the CCM community, which you’d think would help.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree.  With the way that Colton presented himself, it would seem that CCM is the only route for him to go, without being regarded as compromising his beliefs.

  • Anonymous

    Colton is such a phony.  He says whatever he thinks people want to hear from him next.  He has no real substance.

  • Anonymous

    I think all of the Top 7, including Colton, will get signed by someone. They are all very talented and should manage to carve out some sort of decent career for themselves. How many of them get signed by UMG (either on Interscope or other label under UMG)? Jessica and Skylar have the best chance, even if they don’t finish in Top 2. The others would all likely have to be in Top 2 to get signed by UMG. Even Philip (although I know Jimmy has said he would sign him)

  • Anonymous

    I think going CCM right away would be the most strategic route to take.  He’ll have a chance to be viewed as an “Idol success” (because seriously, this boy could be as big as Jeremy Camp, Tenth Avenue North, MercyMe etc.) rather than just another Adult Contemporary pop/rock male Idol with little success on radio.

  • http://twitter.com/oceanarose Cathy Plemel

     I agree going CCM right away would be best also.  But, if for some reason that opportunity doesn’t present itself but another one does I think he is open to take the long way around.  I don’t think he will have to though, I will very surprised if there isn’t someone waiting to sign him to a CCM contract since, like you said, he could be big in this genre.

  • Anonymous

    He has huge support from Mary and Steven Curtis Chapman supporting him.  They are about as big as you can get in CCM.  There is no doubt in my mind that he will get a very good deal in Nashville. 

  • http://twitter.com/bluinjewin Landon Cox

    Looks like Jesus took the wheel right off the cliff.

  • Anonymous

    Although Colton wasn’t my favorite, I did really like him and wish him well.  Too bad there’s not more people like him that can perform and be themselves without being a poser rocker!!!

  • Incipit

     

    “there’s no reason why he shouldn’t go the Christian music route right away, if that’s what he wants to do.”

    Well, Colton can talk to some Christian Music labels’ people, I guess – but he can’t do anything right away – they all have to wait for Freedom Day from the Right of Refusal contract, as I understand it…and that falls sometime in August, while they are still on the Idol Tour – or it has for the last two years. If Interscope doesn’t exercise their option, then Colton can go off on his Christian Music career. And good luck to him.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with you that Colton will be big in that market. As I’ve stated previously, there is a huge chance he can crossover. The guy has a lot of potential. Many famous Christian music artists have embraced him. Tenth Avenue North, Third Day, and Switchfoot are my only favorite bands in Christian music and I see Colton going to that style of music.

  • Anonymous

    I’m sure that there are a lot of Christians who like “Bad Romance”, so I don’t think that was it.  Given the high vote total, I just think that this group is probably evenly matched in terms of getting votes, with the possible exception of Phillip, and Colton fell victim to a lot of people, including casual voters, who wanted to make sure that Joshua and Jessica were safe.  He wasn’t going to get a lot of the votes from casual fans, because he had a rough night on Wednesday.  His second performance was much worse than his first.

    Besides, as one reporter wrote, Colton got away with a lot of stuff this season.  Other people would have been criticized by the judges or general public for some of the stuff that he did wrong.

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    The only thing that surprised me about Colton’s elimination though is that I would have thought his fans would have been voting harder on Wednesday night since he had an off night.  I can understand he wouldn’t have picked up the casual vote on Wednesday night, but I would have thought his fanbase would have been freaked by the judges comments and vote that much harder.  At least with Jessica last week, I kind of got the complacency as she had a pretty good performance the night before and received mostly praise. 

    The other thing I’m kind of surprised by, and maybe it’s just me not following the right people on Twitter, but I kind of expected to see more outrage over Colton’s “shock” boot than I’m honestly seeing.  I don’t mean from his hardcore fans and I certainly don’t follow his twitter feed, but outside of some comments from Idols like Carrie and Pia, I haven’t even seen much mention of it at all.  Whether that has to do with Jessica’s almost ousting last week and people being over the shock factor and/or people just being weary of Idol at this point I really don’t know.

  • http://twitter.com/CanadianLady2 CanadianLady

    He had 2 songs and in my opinion neither one was good. I think he could have managed to stay with one bad song, but not two. And I do expect his first song turned off quite a few of his fans. When I heard he was singing “Bad Romance,” I thought he’d lost his mind.

  • http://twitter.com/ljrTR LJR

    He and Jesus had a moment on stage??  Oh my gosh I’m so glad he’s gone.

    editing to comment that the folks at my church accept all people now matter which sexual orientation they are or how they’re born. Wonder what kind of “Christians” would turn on their fave simply because he sang a Gaga song. Wow.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    True, although I do think that a lot of the kind of Christian fans who Colton attracted would definitely be offended by him singing “Bad Romance”.  Colton seems to be identify with these fans as well, since he has publicly agreed with their objection and has expressed regret at choosing to sing that song.  I also think that it was his weak performance and unappealing arrangement of his songs that were important factors in his ouster.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/LSNNDVLS76CV6GV5IYPXSQP3CE Mitchell

    I really think Hollie could be a dark horse for top 3 if she keep turning in songs like her Adele performance.

    Is anyone else an annoyed by Elise’s entitlement attitude as I am?  How she outlasted Colton after saying she “deserved this more than anyone else” is beyond me.  Colton just really killed his base singing Lady Gaga.  Might have actually hurt his career in Christian Music too.  Definitely a “what was he thinking” moment.

  • http://twitter.com/oceanarose Cathy Plemel

     I was one of those that voted harder because he had and off night.  I think there a few factors here.  I do think his performance turned off some of his fan base but it shouldn’t have and even if it did they should have given him room to redeem himself.  I also think that alot of his fans that also like Jessica, Hollie or Elise sent more votes their way since they had already been at risk and thought he would be fine even with the weak performances.

    As for not seeing more outrage from non-hardcore fans, I think he is one of those artists that you love or you hate. There doesn’t seem to be much in-between with him.

  • http://twitter.com/ProjectErica Erica Marie

    I totally get why part of his fan base got turned off. First of all, he has called himself “the Messenger.” So, there is a certain expectation from him by his fans. Second, his fanbase exploded after “Everything” and his declaration of his faith. Known Christian artists and pastors were endorsing him on Twitter.  Third, he has been endorsed by youth ministers and church leaders.

    So, singing “Bad Romance” was really a bad choice strategically.   I do not think it is about Lady Gaga per se. I listen to Lady Gaga but I know that “Bad Romance” does not really have, um, family-friendly lyrics.  This does not mean they intended to punish him. It just meant they were not comfortable supporting him that night. 

    It is not so much that he sang a “secular” song but that he projected himself as a Christian artist. If he did not declare it that much like for example, Scotty, maybe it would have worked for him. (Personally I think his declaration of faith was admirable.)

    That said, even if he did not sing Bad Romance, IMO, he had a weird night. The EWF song was laughable. He did not need to change the thing up for the sake of changing it up. 

    In any case, he will be successful in the Christian Music industry and might cross over pop.  I wish him the best.

  • http://twitter.com/cindydesigns Cindy

    Aww, poor Colton!   Seems like such a good guy!! I’ll miss him!

  • Anonymous

    Would your pastor invite/allow Lady GaGa to come to your church, perform the song in her full on style, backup dancers, etc? 

  • Anonymous

    I think the main thing this proves is that the vote is a lot closer than many people, including myself, imagined. I expect he may have turned off some with the Gaga song, disappointed some others by not performing up to his usual standards musically (in my opinion anyway), and then lost some votes to people who were voting overtime to  make sure that Jessica, Joshua and Hollie were safe.

  • Anonymous

    Don’t know why there are so many nay sayers, but he seems like a nice young man.  The judges are always saying to step out of one’s comfort zone and do something different and when they do, they get panned. They told Elise after her first number that her strength was that she just let it all go, etc.  After her second number, they told her the reason she doesn’t connect with the fans is that she doesn’t show emotion.  The same judges who couldn’t figure out why Pia wasn’t an international sensation.  Many of these contestants are kids with little perforing experience on the big stage, and I’m actually surprised at how well they do. The tendency of the judges is to praise over singing, as in Jessica, who has a lovely voice and doesn’t need all of the tricks.

  • http://twitter.com/ljrTR LJR

     to smn73 – we don’t have backup dancers , etc at church. of course.  but I was reacting to other comments which said they thought Colton alienated his core Christian fans simply by singing a Gaga song.  Which if true, is ridiculous (in my opinion). No one in my church would care if someone who called themself a Christian sang a Gaga song on TV!

  • Wex

    As a Jew, the Christian Jesus thing is starting to wear thin with me. A Christian label will gladly sign him up even if he stays niche like Mandisa. Cmon Colton u werent voted out cus Gaga turned off ur audience. Suck it up like a big boy..and the cocky attitude aint very Christian.

  • Anonymous

    YES YES YES to the following answers.  Colton’s incredibly smart and very teachable.  Everything I wanted Colton to learn from his ouster, he did.  Looking forward to see his CCM career take off! 

    On apologizing after he was booted last night, “First of all, seeing the way I came across on camera after going backstage after “September”—I was kind of disappointed. One, with TV editing. But again, I said it. 

    Daughtry once said that he was glad that he lost, because winning would have wrecked his rock cred. Does Colton agree? “I’m not sure if I completely agree with that. Winning provides many, many many opportunities that me and 5 other people aren’t going to get to experience. However, Idol is such a huge platform, and so many people watch it, from a certain point on that people now know who I am and who I stand for and what I want to do. I understand what Chris is saying. But at the same time, I think—I’m not going to lie– it would have been nice to win. But by not winning, I’m more flexible with what I can and can’t do. 

    What was his riskiest move as far as song choice? “I think the biggest risk was “Bad Romance” Lady Gaga. I think it was a bad risk to take because I didn’t really think it through. I think musically and performance wise and image I was so happy with the way it turned out, but at the same time—the message that was portrayed wasn’t really who I was. And that’s normally the first thing that I think about, and for whatever reason I overlooked that this week. I lost sight of what I normally think of first. I think that’s the main reason why I’m talking to you right now, honestly. But it’s a lesson that I’m going to learn from. And I’m going to get back on my feet and I’m going to write and hopefully put out a record sometime soon. No harm no foul. I’m totally excited about the future.”

  • Anonymous

    Contestants have to be careful what they sing for a mainstream show in this religiously conservative country.  I remember Carly Smithson was done under by Jesus Christ Superstar. 

  • Anonymous

    Wow. I haven’t been this upset with an idol outcome since David Archuleta lost in the finale. I called my mom after the show and we were both super upset. Man, I understand why he was in the bottom 3 but boy has this elimination hit hard. 

    Colton’s received a ton of hate on here, and I know for a lot of you he’s not your cup of tea. It’s been frustrating and sad to see some of the insults that have been thrown at him, but I realize it’s all part of the territory. However, I see a guy who seems to be a genuinely nice guy, a guy who isn’t afraid to stand up for what he believes in. People have described him as emo, whiney, a fake rocker – and that’s fine, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. But mine is that he’s a hell of an artist, someone I couldn’t wait to see what he was singing each week. I’ve bought almost all his iTunes songs..I love his arrangements (whether copied or his own), I love his voice, his vibe. He’s just got such a contemporary feel. He can emotionally connect with songs on an incredible level. 

    I’ll be buying Colton Dixon’s album, whether it be Christian music, rock, pop, whatever. I just want him to get signed somewhere where he can do music that makes him happy. One thing I’ve learned from watching David Archuleta “grow up” in music is that it’s not always about doing what other people want you to do. Sometimes you’ve gotta stick to what you think is right in your heart, and I think Colton’s going to try to do that. He gave very thoughtful responses in the satellite call today, I think he’s got a chance at a great career ahead of him. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    That last performance was beyond creepy, in my opinion. Did anybody check the stage to see if there was only one set of footprints?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I think you are right. He will do well in Christian music. They seem to take anybody under their wing as long as you SAY you love God and hate all the right people in his name. Danny Gokey did well enough to buy a house. I saw him on one of those holiday design shows so he should do well.

  • http://twitter.com/thebluemartini Nicole P.

    Aww I’m really going to miss Colton :(

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GED45R7LV4QERBS74RT6INK65I fed

    wait…daughtry thinks he has rock cred? 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIHKL34XDORTS2UZP4SWUUTG3U randi

    Colton will have about as successful career as 99.9% of the other 7th place finishers.  He’s no JHud that’s for sure. 

  • Anonymous

    Good luck to Colton.  I really enjoyed his post-show comments & answers to the questions. He sounds like a really grounded guy & has confidence in himself, which is great.

    I think he’ll do fine in the Christian market and tbh I don’t really understand the ridicule for talking about his faith. The Alive Festival that Kris did last year tweeted him this morning that he’s welcome there anytime, so I think he has a lot of people in his camp already.  Anyway, good luck to him, I thought he could have gone farther in the competition, but I think things will work out for him.

  • Anonymous

    Are the Christian-insults really necessary? 

  • Anonymous

    His core support group called themselves “the messengers”, just like the “glamberts” and the “soul patrol”.  Nothing to take literally or personally.

    I am a Christian that listens to Gaga, so it didn’t offend me.  What it did do was raise my eyebrows.  I didn’t judge him, and voted anyway because I am a fan.  But I could see where it would cause some not to vote.  You wouldn’t come to church, no matter how liberal, in fishnet stockings and a tube top.  It wouldn’t be apprpriate.  I think that was the issue here…the appropiateness of it coming from a Contempory Christian artist. 

  • Anonymous

     “People have described him as emo”

    I had no idea “emo” was an insult. I thought it was a style.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Roger-Kramjet/100003524695403 Roger Kramjet

    I have to say, in my opinion, most pastors would do whatever they could to hear a few more clinks in the offering plates. If it means a new this or that for the church they would be “moved by the spirit”. What a great reason to do things right… I want another doughnut but I really shouldn’t do it but if the spirit moved me it is ok.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t talking about that, I wasn’t talking about any of that. Sorry if it wasn’t clear. Emo isn’t an insult. I’m talking about other things that have been said..not necessarily on here, though there’s been a few. I moved that sentence about being sad about insults because it didn’t fit where I had it, but it wasn’t in reference to people saying he’s whiny or emo..like I said, that’s their opinion.

  • Anonymous

    Colton’s mistake was not singing Gaga — it was singing poorly. He couldn’t reach any of the low notes. He gave this week’s worst performances, and based on that, he deserved to come in last.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XDQP2Y46M5B3OHOKALDDGDHQCM Leandro

    “The producers and everyone else on the show are saying ‘be who you are—you got this far based on that.’ I  was going to do this anyway, but that just really gave me a good little kick into doing “Everything” by Lifehouse.

    Didn’t he say in an early interview that the producers were pressuring him to not be vocal about his faith? what a douchebag liar!

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Colton said:

    I’m a Christian and I’m not going to shy away from it. I thought I
    should share that with everyone watching.

    My issue is not that Colton is Christian (or any other religion for that matter), but that he’s an evangelical Christian who felt compelled to proselytize on a secular show.  Lots of other contestants have been Christian and not gone to the extent that Colton did, but with his mindset (“The Messenger”), it’s evident that he feels the necessity to be that at all times.  I’m sorry, but I find that offensive.

    I got great feedback from what
    I did. I was so glad I got to do it, not once but twice on the show. I
    think that made an impact and that encouraged fellow believers to take a
    stand for what they believe in and not be ashamed of it.”

    NO ONE should ever be “ashamed” of their religious beliefs, but that is totally different from what Colton did on the show (and on twitter).  And, although I don’t want to be cynical about this (because I do believe that Colton is sincere about his beliefs), it was a conscious choice for him to evangelize on the show and he knew that would attract the kind of fans who would be advantageous for his future career direction.  IMO, there’s a time and a place for evangelism, but it’s not on a secular show like Idol.  JMO.

  • Axxxel

    I wonder too…Were people turned off because it was Lady Gaga and therefore no match with his image ? Or was it because of the rock vibe he put on a pop song ?  Or was it his singing ? I thought his Lady Gaga song interpretation was actually good… One of his best… besides that one Paramore song that made my heart weak for him …  :-)   .
    I think people were more turned off by his “September” interpretation. He did sound pitchy there.

  • Axxxel

    No but maybe when she is all alone, playing on her piano, he might. I am not really a Lady Gaga fan but I was impressed after seeing her on a Youtube live stream, performing at Bill Clinton’s birthday last year. She did tone it done and it was great ! And Bad Romance was on the songlist.

  • Anonymous

    Reminder:

    A couple of things:

    No lecturing posters or whining about their “negativity”, Keep your posts focused on YOUR opinion, not analyzing or judging other’s opinions.

    And wow. I’ve said this before. There’s very little tolerance for stereotyping LGBT, people of color, etc. Just the way it should be.  But those rules? APPLY FOR EVERYBODY. INCLUDING Christians, straight people, white people etc!  If I have to delete one more post, THE BAN HAMMER COMES OUT.

  • Anonymous

    No, he did not. He said that they supported his faith. All he said was that the producers initially warned ALL the contestants to be careful about posting overtly-religious messages on their social media. That’s all. He went on to say back in March that the judges/producers have been very supportive of his faith, that they respect it, and that they helped push it.

    http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/idol-worship/american-idol-colton-dixon-religion-305845?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BTBLQCZR7Y7LHV5BFYKYW5UQ6Q Aden

    IMO his early elimination was due to picking two mega popular songs and he changed them so much that viewers didn’t like it as him being an original artist.  Basically, viewers didn’t like what he did to those two songs.  He’ll be fine and 7th place isn’t a bad place.  Hudson was 7th place and look her now.

  • Anonymous

    Sorry MJ, (regarding others’ negativity) I went about the wrong way of trying to make a point. I wasn’t trying to lecture anyone, I’ll stay away from it in the future. 

  • Anonymous

     Colton’s mistake was not singing Gaga — it was singing poorly. He couldn’t reach any of the low notes. He gave this week’s worst performances, and based on that, he deserved to come in last.

    I do think signing Gaga made a difference. I think if he were to have tanked on a different song, his usual voting core would have rallied and Colton might have escaped being at the VERY bottom.  There have been a countless number of times on Idol when fan favorites who bombed once were given another chance. My guess is that he lost his core fans with the first song – that’s why we didn’t see what whatnottosing would call the Sesame Street Effect (fans rallying for their favorite when they tank for the first time).

  • Anonymous

    Yeah I think there was definitely something there with losing some votes because of the Gaga song, and I mainly say that since the judges actually praised it a lot, so it shouldn’t have necessarily stood out as bad. I wouldn’t say he tanked it in the usual sense, but I guess in the sense of wrong song choice (even though the judges liked it…lol). But at the same time I have a hard time believing there’s that many Idol voters who were upset he sang a Lady Gaga song..who knows though. I think it was a combination of things…P2 had a very good night, I think he took some of Colton’s usual votes too.

  • Anonymous

    I’m really going to miss what Colton brought to the show, his style and flair for performances. I thought he had so much more to give, he was working up to that moment. I’m sorry he’ll never have that. I’m sure he’ll be fine though. Idol isn’t about superstars anymore as it is. I wish he could have gotten some more exposure but that’s ok. I think like he said a lot of people liked both he and Phillip. It was Phillip who killed it on Usher this week and they voted for him. Almost everyone was splitting votes and then he didn’t bring any casual fans in. It’s too bad, I’m just really sad I won’t see any more performances from him, he had the best ideas. But these things happen every year, just tough when it’s your favorite. Seems like everyone got a secong chance to bounce back from a tough week but he didnt, its just disappointing. He has a good attitude about it, he’s not trying to push his faith on anyone. I’m not religious and I understand he’s just expressing his faith. It doesn’t matter now though, those people who wish to continue to follow him will do so and I will.

  • Axxxel

    I like Colton but I was also a bit confused about the way he talked about his faith. I remember Season 8 American Idol, there were at least 3 finalists, I felt who had this “Christian” image : Michael Sarver, Danny Gokey and Kris Allen.  I think Danny Gokey was the most vocal about it but not in the same way as Colton.

  • RockiDreams

    I will miss Colton and it looked like his fellow contestants felt the same way.  He was one of the few left that actually looked and sounded like he knew what he was singing about.  Much luck to him in the future.  I am sure he will have fun doing the tour.

  • Anonymous

    I think the problem I am having with a lot of these types of comments is this…who deemed Idol a secular show only?  I don’t remember seeing/hearing/reading any rules that said Christian music or artists weren’t allowed. 

    I think the difference is that while Colton is not the first Christian (as in person), he is the first Christian Artist (as in genre).  I think he was just doing what Christian Artists do when they perform live.  But it was uncharted territority, and it’s caught many off guard. 

  • Anonymous

    I am surprised to find myself thinking that I am going to miss Colton on the show.  I never had a kind word to say about his vocals because I expect fantastic vocals on Idol.  Now I realize I undervalued him as an entertainer and the show is going to be duller without him.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    No, Colton crossed the line when he was openly evangelical, promoting Christianity on the show, not just in his singing, but in “testimonials” he made on the show. That kind of proselytizing is something that should be reserved for shows where it is clear that the viewer will be exposed to that kind of evangelism (like Sunday morning shows, the 700 club, etc.) and shows that promote other religious beliefs. 

    Plus, I would expect that if a contestant were a devout Muslim who felt compelled to proselytize on the show, that would be met with outrage and hatred, so there’s an additional layer of bias in defending Colton’s expressing of his Christian religiosity vs. non-Christian religious beliefs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I agree.  None of those contestants were openly evangelical about their religious beliefs on the show, and I had no issues with them.  Colton seems to regard himself as a “messenger”, who has a responsibility in promoting his own Christian beliefs to everyone, spreading Christianity and that his life is controlled by Jesus/God.  So, I get why he feels compelled to say and do what he does, but he needs to realize that in some situations, such blatant and intense proselytizing can be disrespectful and even offensive to those who have non-Christian religious beliefs. Hopefully, he will learn to appreciate that.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve said this in other posts, but I didn’t view it as a testimonial.  Both times (praying before his song and why he was crying) he was answering a question by Ryan.  Had he lied to stay PC, he would have been called a hypocrite. He couldn’t win either way.

    His sing out song last night I viewed as more delibrate.  I personally believe he was steered away from Christian music and being as verbal as he was in his beliefs earlier in the show and his sing out was a final “This is me, unashamed”. 

    I recognize that religion is such a touchy subject with many though.  So I can see why he would be so polarizing.  But asking him to be anything other than what he is away from Idol is unfair.

  • http://twitter.com/thePeachMango Peach Mango

    I don’t think it was the Gaga song choice, so much as two very mediocre song rearrangements and awful off-pitch singing.  Even if it was partially about the Gaga song choice, I think it was much, much more about having two of the worst performances of the evening.  Both were kinda trainwrecky and indulgent.

  • Anonymous

     Exactly fuzzywuzzy.  If it had been another religion other than evangelical, there would have been complaints all over the place in here.  I remember when that XFactor contestant was thought to be a scientologist and people hating on her and her religion because of it.  I can just see if a contestant started going on and on about their muslim beliefs, there wouldn’t be enough popcorn in the world to get through the idol blogs.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree on this.  It’s clear to me that there are lots of very devoutly religious people who don’t feel compelled to be so vocally evangelical about their beliefs, and I feel strongly that Colton needs to learn about being sensitive and respectful to others who are non-Christian who may find his proselytizing offensive (although it did attract a lot of fans who will be supportive of him as a CCM artist).

  • Anonymous

    The majority of the Idol audience likely isn’t going to be offended by someone’s choice of song. People have sung Lady Gaga on Idol before without being booted off. Colton wasn’t helped by his song choice,, but more because it didn’t suit him and he performed poorly, rather than because of the actual song or who the original artist is.

    And not all of the US is religiously conservative. Far from it.

  • Anonymous

    He was the most current of the bunch and now he’s gone?! Colton gave me something to look forward to on Wednesdays. I agree with those who’ve pointed out how reflective he is.  He’s gonna be fine coz he learns and is ready to deliver.  

    Count me as one of those no longer watching till they bring him back in the finale. I wish Colton could release “Wherever I Am” right now as it is most apt to what he must be going through.  Of course Idol won’t allow that, but maybe if he “gifts” it to us, he won’t be breaking any rules.  Such a beautiful song and gives so much hope for what’s in store.  

  • http://www.fatladysings.us/ TFLS

    His Lady Gaga comments bothered me.  There was an undercurrent there – as if his decision to sing ‘Bad Romance’ was some how antithetical to his avowed religiosity.  I have no problem with Idol singers representing whatever part of the music industry interests them.  There’s room for Gospel, Christian, Punk – all are viable, all make money (which is Idols true bottom line).  I just don’t like it when exclusive becomes exclusionary.  Colton seems to believe his only fan base is religion specific.  If that’s true – it’s pretty fickle base to be deterred by a single song choice.  I think it was his obvious sense of entitlement that turned fans off.  It turned me off, that’s for sure. 

  • Anonymous

    Ooooh, the ban hammer, maybe I should trademark that? (-;

  • Anonymous

    We are more religious than other wealthy western nations by quite a bit.  The Pew Research Center found that 59% of Americans about 6 in 10 say religion is very important in their lives.  That compares with 30% in Canada and is even higher when compared to Western Europe and Japan.  So while a lot of Americans are not strongly religious, a small majority are.  I suspect the percentage of Colton’s fans that religious is even higher than the national average.  Not trying to make any judgement as to if this is a good thing or not.
    I agree that Colton’s boot had more to do with his poor vocal performance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MV64BS4FSISCASL4P656RXAFYQ Kayla

    His core support group called themselves “the messengers”, just like the “glamberts” and the “soul patrol”.  Nothing to take literally or personally.

    Actually I think in Colton’s case his fans simply followed his lead after he called himself “A Messenger.” He even put up what amounted to a Colton Logo on his twitter background stating it.

    http://i39.tinypic.com/xgmb0x.jpg

    I don’t know how you could interpret that as anything but a conscious decision to embrace his Christianity as a key part of his artistic branding. Which is absolutely his right, and I’m sure it appealed to a lot of Idol viewers, and maybe even attracted some new viewers to the show as well. 

    In Adam’s case unfortunately the media labeled him “Glambert,” and a large subset of fans adopted the moniker for themselves. Adam seemed amused by the whole thing and eventually embraced it, but not until after Idol was over. (LOL can you tell I can’t stand the fanbase name I’m stuck with?)

    I didn’t watch S5 so I have no idea how the Soul Patrol came about.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Interview with Colton on Brian Mansfield’s blog re:  Bad Romance:

    Even though Colton changed some of the song’s lyrical content and
    made edits for both his live performance and his iTunes recording, that
    wasn’t enough for some fans.
    There weren’t
    many on Twitter or Facebook, but I did see a few who were concerned that
    I chose to do Gaga,”
    he says. “Some religious people hear Gaga, and
    they totally turn it off. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that,
    because that’s the big majority of my voters. I should have thought of
    that. That was a bad move on my end. Definitely learned a lesson.”

    http://content.usatoday.com/communities/idolchatter/post/2012/04/colton-dixon-singing-lady-gaga-may-have-cost-me/1#.T5HkB46JUiE

    It’s interesting that Colton didn’t see very much negative feedback on Twitter or Facebook. Considering that, he may be using that song choice as more of a scapegoat, rather than the main reason(s) for his ouster.

  • Anonymous

    I think the difference is that Colton’s bad performance came on a week where fans of other singers were going to make sure that they voted, and that they voted more than they have been doing during previous weeks.

  • Anonymous

    Based purely on anecdotal evidence, I think Colton’s spot on when he said “Some religious people hear Gaga, and they totally turn it off. I don’t know why I didn’t think of that.”  My evangelical Christian friends and family members were not happy that he picked a Gaga song and feared he might land in the Bottom 3 because of it.  Never thought he’d be eliminated though.  I live in Boston, so I can’t imagine what evangelicals in more conservative places must have thought.

    Of course, there are other factors that contributed to Colton’s ouster, including his emo arrangement of September turning off older voters, his pitchy lower register on both songs, the surge of casual voters who voted based solely on performances that night, etc.  

    I just think that his Gaga song choice DID have something to do with it, but we’ll never be able to determine exactly how much.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ACMLXLYSSX73RNYQOUZWSO2I4U Enough already!

    Blaming a decision to sing a Gaga song as the reason you are voted off seemed somewhat lame to me.   He sang both songs just so, so and that might have had something to do with his elimination.  And the fact that he was very cocky each week.   Philip P is at least coming across as humble and not some rising star.   That said, the Gaga song was a bad choice, so out of his wheelhouse.   It would have been like Adam singing a religious song–no one would have bought it.  Contestants need to think Ring of Fire when they want to hit it out of the park’ be different, but be still be true to yourself.    But I liked him as a contestant as he was showy and fun.   Also very tall.  

  • Reflections On Life

    IMO merely stating/declaring your religion is not proselytizing for it.
    If you watched XFactor US, several of the contestants were far more overt about it, saying stuff like “this is God’s doing” when talking about a good performance. Or the 14 yr old who, when shock-booted, outright proselytized with (paraphrasing) “the real reason i came on this show was to tell all of you that Jesus loves you”. 

  • Anonymous

     Exactly. I was not really a Colton fan either but I think the show will be duller without him. I really like Phillip and Jessica and Skylar but I am surprised that I am just not that interested anymore. Maybe it is not just Colton leaving that bothers me but that the others are kind of not that interesting.

  • http://twitter.com/thebluemartini Nicole P.

    Does anyone know if Colton will be on Jay Leno tonight?

  • Anonymous

    I don’t think Colton knows what vote splitting means. lol

    I personally think it was his crappy performance of September that put him in the bottom. Well, at least that’s why I didn’t mind that he went home yesterday. I actually didn’t mind Bad Romance so much, it was one of those love it or hate it performances. But September was depressing.

    Aww, I feel bad that I was so mean about Colton this past week. He really won me over the two weeks before.

  • Anonymous

    Adam’s duet of The Prayer with Israeli opera singer Noa Dori is very moving and gorgeous.  I am not impartial I admit.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bf4s2nW6nYY&feature=relmfu 

  • http://twitter.com/raya4 raya

    Colton has actually come off better in his interviews so far than I expected him too.  I don’t think his booting is all the Gaga thing, but I always think it’s kind of a sucky question the booted idols have to answer.  It’s not like they’ll ever truly have any idea where it really went wrong, so there guess is as good as any.  I do wish Colton would acknowledge on some level that his September performance just wasn’t really his best and while he should maybe get some credit for taking a chance and trying to make it his own, it just really didn’t work.  Especially on a night where there were few bad performances.

  • Anonymous

    Taking a break from being sad about Colton’s departure…

    DEAR MJ :) Thank you for posting Colton’s conference call transcript and all the interviews from around the web.  Your blog makes it so much easier to follow my favorites post-show (anyone remember “Jason crack threads” way back in S7? heh).  Thank you so much for the work that you do.  I really appreciate ALL that you put into it, making Idol such an enjoyable, crazy, whirlwind of an experience. :)

  • fuzzywuzzy

    Yep.  I object to that 14 yr old too and there’s no question that Colton was evangelizing, not just declaring his religion.  It worked out well for him though.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    I realize that some religious fans may have objected to Colton’s choice of song.  However, from his interview with Mansfield, it’s not like he had tons of negative feedback on twitter or facebook, so I agree that it may have been a factor, but perhaps not such a decisive one as Colton has implied in all of his interviews.

  • http://twitter.com/oceanarose Cathy Plemel

     Colton just tweeted “I’ve got exciting news that you guys will find out soon;)!!!!”  Speculate away!

  • Anonymous

    Hmmm… could it be something about the finale? Or he’ll be appearing somewhere? I have no clue.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W3ZBPE7UTH7PNR7AB6MUZ2HG5Q Patricia

    I never bought his look. I think he should have tried a more normal hair syle. He is not a rocker, but that is the persona he was pushing. It didn’t work on him.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, shades of Scotty kissing his ginormous cross after his session with Lady Gaga – who is a smart New York woman who was trying to help them all, not lead them into hell.  That’s insulting really, and I think Colton did the same thing.  

    I’m so glad Jesus called him home!  Heh. 

  • Anonymous

    In hindsight I was too hard on Colton.  I am Christian, a “practicing” Catholic (as they say), but for some reason Colton always came across a bit suspect to me as far as the religion thing.  As I was watching the DVR of Colton’s sing-out, I initally almost turned it off when he fell to his knees, but I continued to watch and slowly I began to feel differently.  In that moment, I finally saw his sincerity and his conviction and it felt real to me for the first time.  Christian music is his passion, his faith is his passion and he actually moved me to tears.  I believed him.  I didn’t get it, didn’t get him, and I judged him and I was wrong to do so. 

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    No, he’s not home yet – but he will be one day – could be soon, none of us really know when!

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    I guess you didn’t see Jean1010′s link (above) of Adam singing The Prayer. I agree totally with what you said.  I didn’t buy it.  And it’s one of my favorite songs.  I loved the Josh Groban duet of The Prayer.  It was fantastic!

  • http://twitter.com/nancy2heart nancy

    Exactly!

  • iFoundIt

    Colton is always very well spoken in interviews.  I’m sure he will be signed.  I’m sure he will be one of the names that people will remember from Season 11.  I can see him being a huge hit on the Idol summer tour.

  • Anonymous

    They did a recount and last night was a big mistake!  :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=6709126 Zoey Giesberg

    Well enjoy your Christian rock career. Those’ll be the only people who care about you this time next year.

  • Anonymous

    Find the song “The Prayer” soppy and not a particularly good one in any way.  Even with Groban or Bocelli wailing away made no difference.  And as much as I love Lambert’s voice, never dl’d that performance either (was it actually for sale?).  Treacly.
    Back to Bach.

  • http://twitter.com/butterflydm Diana

    Colton was the one person left on the show who didn’t work for me at all – his voice grated on my ears, his personality and looks weren’t appealing to me, and I didn’t like what he chose to do with songs – so I’m really pleased that he’s out because now I like everyone in the Top 6.

    I’m not sure that he understands that he can arrange something ‘in his style’ like he did with “September” and that a lot of people might still genuinely think that it’s not a very good arrangement. From what he says he seems to think that just because he feels like it was ‘authentic Colton’ that automatically means it’s going to be good.

  • Anonymous

    And that crowd is a big and amazing one ;) ….. CCM is a big market, you would be surprised of how many people actually listen CM radio. So if Colton get a record deal i’m sure he’ll be fine. :)

  • Anonymous

    Colton is a very well spoken kid, i really think that his song choices were the ones that put him to out of the game, not strictly the Gaga song, but the fact that he took a risk going for a lyric that doesn’t fit the Artist he was claiming to be or want to be ….. just my guess.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll bet the producers are relieved by Colton’s ouster. The competitors are cast as characters and he was an entertaining one: Dreamy to look at, knowing his niche, knowing how to put on a show and entertain. 
    But they couldn’t have him win. He would have probably interpret his win as god’s permission to use his win as a vehicle for preaching, and you can’t exactly forbid a person from practicing his religion. (Ok, they CAN forbid him from preaching during the concerts, but not in his interviews.) AI is supposed to be one of the few television programs/merchandises left that are for everybody, and that doesn’t allow contestants to go with their own agendas, being it a religion or anything else. A PETA vegan with a mission or a HIV positive tolerance activist wouldn’t have been a same kind of problem. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Celeste-Pettijohn/1575015572 Celeste Pettijohn

     I find it really annoying when any contestant tries to use Idol to shove their religion down America’s throat. This is a singing contest, not a religious revival. If I wanted to hear about Jesus, I’d go to church. Colton has an enormous ego and is convinced he is a ” Messenger”.I wish him well but I am glad not to be exposed to his self righteousness week after week. I am glad he has gone. 

  • judes

    I must be one of the very few that actually liked Colton’s September performance because I thought it was very Colton.I liked that he took risks each week & I liked his relevant musical style but maybe Bad Romance was one risk too much.[even though I liked the way he did the song].I also am going to find it more boring each week now as Colton provided a contrast & you never knew just how he was going to perform a song. He should also learn from Kris Allen as he has always said-lyrics is the one thing he wont compromise on .I’m glad in his interviews that he sees his ousting as a learning experience & I also think he will be fine.

  • http://twitter.com/season7forever Lindsay Archuleta

    fuck you i cant stand you haters

  • http://twitter.com/season7forever Lindsay Archuleta

    shut the fuck up  leave colton alone

  • judes

    Actually if you read the whole thread you would see that Prime_Minister is very supportive of Colton & has some intelligent things to say unlike your posts. Everyone is entitled to their say & some will like Colton & some won’t. I prefer to concentrate on the ones that do -so try it sometimes -it might help your anger.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    I’m not sure that he understands that he can arrange something ‘in his style’ like he did with “September” and that a lot of people might still genuinely think that it’s not a very good arrangement. From what he says he seems to think that just because he feels like it was ‘authentic Colton’ that automatically means it’s going to be good.

    I’m going to miss Colton because he was entertaining, if nothing else. Never really knew what he was going to do and that lack of predictability made him interesting. BUT, I agree with the above sentiment a bit. I think Colton was operating a little above his pay grade, so to speak. His voice was good, but not good enough for all that he wanted to do with it. And his rearranging skills are probably not as honed as he would like them to be at this time. When you take a song like September, which was an odd choice, and then try and rearrange it to create a moment or get that standing “O,” you ought to be as damned sure as you can that it’s actually rearranged with a purpose, i.e., not just slow it down for the sake of changing it up, but that the rearrangement makes sense and the end product sounds good or, at least, interesting. I just think he needs some more years under his belt before he can be that facile with his music and has the sense to know the difference between doing something just to do it, which means, maybe you shouldn’t do it at all, and doing something because it makes sense.

    As Simon would say, Colton was a trier and I admire that, but that doesn’t mean you should do everything that pops into your head.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F3XJE5GRAUMYR7Y5RYZUW7SC4U md

    So if his Twitter page featured an elaborate cross where the “T” should be in “Colton” with the subhead, “The Messenger,” what are we to make of that?

  • Anonymous

    It would be useful for Colton going forward if someone(Jimmy)would help him to see what went wrong with September.  He does not seem to understand how much that arrangement  hurt him in addition to the GaGa performance.  I am sure he will sing his own material in the future but it would still help to reflect on that particular misstep.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NGUWS72LAGLZQ3BDFVZMBG44TY Abdulla Mohammed

    Honestly, I am still trying to get over Colton’s elimination.  But as I was dwelling so much on his ‘early’ elimination that he seemed not deserve considering how good he is as a musician; I was learning so much from his experiences.  His apology may not be necessary but I was grateful he did to redeem himself from the compromise he made when he strayed from what he truly is as an artist.   His send-off song maybe too obscure to some but he indeed delivered to people what he truly is as a person.   I admire his strength on demonstrating his faith that may not be appreciated by many but may also have touched other people’s lives.
    I am a Colton fan not because he is the best singer in the competition but because I can easily connect with him on almost all of his performances. But just like Deandre said in his previous post-elimination interview, we should not dwell on something that did not happen but instead rejoice on all the things that have.

  • http://twitter.com/Sassycatz Sassycatz

    So if his Twitter page featured an elaborate cross where the “T” should
    be in “Colton” with the subhead, “The Messenger,” what are we to make of
    that?

    Well, actually it says “a” messenger which makes it sound a little less pretentious. But, all of Colton’s religious pronouncements went right passed me, as I’m not interested in his religious convictions or his self-appointed role as a religious messenger. I just thought he could’ve gone a bit farther in this competition if he had not gotten a little ahead of himself in terms of his skills and talent at this time and his lack of awareness of what he can carry off, in terms of his voice.

  • Karen C

    I feel the same way,  I liked both of his performances, and of those, I thought September was closest to his style, at least musically.  Maybe the problem is the meanings and lyrics behind both songs weren’t right for him. 

    Usually, the best of this type type of rearrangement, like from an uptempo song to a slow rock song,  really brings out the emotion in the song to me, like with Cook’s Billie Jean and Always Be My Baby or Kris Allen’s Heartless. Even though I liked it,  I dont’ think this was there as much with Septemeber, and probably due the the song itself, because there isn’t much there lyrically. So maybe that’s a reason it didn’t work for a lot of people.

  • Anonymous

    Colton, two kind of meh performances (and original arrangements, which, just because they’re all in your style, doesn’t mean they’re all equally good — see:  PhilPhil) on a night when voters are legitimately worried about other favorites being ousted (see: Jessica, Joshua, and Hollie), probably means that you need no other explanations for your own ouster (Lady Gaga or not Lady Gaga).

  • Anonymous

    I really do not think it was about religion. Colton seems to have many fans and I think some of them are younger fans. I am sure that many of them do not vote or even watch AI. I was not even a Colton fan but I will miss him as he was a good performer and interesting. I don’t bother to vote anymore and I am sure many viewers don’t. Let’s see who gets a record deal and has the best long-term career. I bet Colton does and P2.

  • Anonymous

    Holy moly; he wants to write and choose his genre depending on what comes out?   I thought you did it the other way around.  I don’t think he is anywhere near as focused as he seems.

  • luvadamlambert

    God I love him…and he sounds like such a class act (and no I’m not being sarcastic at all)

  • Anonymous

    Chees, I hope it says “a” Messenger, because otherwise it sounds like he thinks he is Christ.

  • fuzzywuzzy

    “His apology may not be necessary but I was grateful he did to redeem
    himself from the compromise he made when he strayed from what he truly
    is as an artist. ”

    I wonder if Colton would have apologized even if he hadn’t left the show.  I have a feeling that he would not have, because he stated that he wanted to expand his fanbase and if more people had embraced him vs. rejected him, it would have been a net benefit for him (which was his goal).

  • Anonymous

    I don’t see where Colton is proselytizing, as he doesn’t appear to be trying to actually convert others to his faith. I’m only hearing from him that he is a Christian and how that effects his choices (both personally and professionally). I don’t feel pursuaded by him to adopt his religion and I can’t see where he’s tried to invite anyone else publically to become a believer on the show (and that, to me, would be proselytizing). What he is doing is simply expressing his faith, owning it, not being ashamed of it, and letting people know this is his essence, etc. (which is a testimonial, but not exactly proselytizing).

  • Anonymous

    I think the problem is that there are regional differences about how people express their religious beliefs.I’m a Catholic from NYC and most people here and in the northeast don’t talk about their personal beliefs to strangers.If someone tells us about their personal relationship with Jesus, we tend to think it is inappropriate and fanatical.If Catholics talk about their religion, it tends to be about ethical questions and whether church laws , like the ones that prohibits women from being priests,should be changed.

    I think there is a big cultural divide even among christians.I really don’t believe that not talking about your beliefs publicly has anything to do with shame.Do some Christians  actually believe that? 

  • Anonymous

    When you take a song like September, which was an odd choice, and then try and rearrange it to create a moment or get that standing “O,” you ought to be as damned sure as you can that it’s actually rearranged with a purpose, i.e., not just slow it down for the sake of changing it up, but that the rearrangement makes sense and the end product sounds good or, at least, interesting. I just think he needs some more years under his belt before he can be that facile with his music and has the sense to know the difference between doing something just to do it, which means, maybe you shouldn’t do it at all, and doing something because it makes sense.

    Well said.  When I think about the people who really made their mark in switching songs up (that would be Cook, Kris, and Adam), it was always done with a purpose — and it usually made the viewers re-think the song in some way.  “Always Be My Baby” took on a stalker vibe, “She Works Hard for the Money” emphasized the economic reality of the song, “Ring of Fire” became even more about obsessive passion.

    Then there are those who changed up songs to put their personal stamp on, without considering whether the change would enhance or detract from the original.  Sometimes it did, sometimes it didn’t.  I’m thinking mostly of Andrew Garcia, but Colton and Philip Philips are also like that.  What they do is cool and different, but it isn’t necessarily enlightening.

  • Anonymous

    Blaming a decision to sing a Gaga song as the reason you are voted off seemed somewhat lame to me.   He sang both songs just so, so and that might have had something to do with his elimination.  And the fact that he was very cocky each week.   Philip P is at least coming across as humble and not some rising star.   That said, the Gaga song was a bad choice, so out of his wheelhouse.   It would have been like Adam singing a religious song–no one would have bought it.

    Depends on the religious song.  I buy Adam singing “The Prayer.”  Religious songs aren’t exactly limited to Christianity.

    But that’s not why I quoted your post.  I quoted it because I agree that it’s lame to blame the choice of “Bad Romance.”  A lot of people love that song, and that probably includes some Christians.  

    What struck me was the litany of quotes throughout all the articles listed here.  It almost seems like Colton’s blaming that wicked woman, Lady Gaga, for leading him astray!  She’s up there with Eve causing the expulsion of Man from Eden.  

  • Incipit

    “there are regional differences about how people express their religious beliefs.”

     nyc57, I never thought of that – but I believe you may be right. Didn’t experience this in Jersey, it wasn’t considered appropriate, (exactly right word) and yet in the Ohio Valley, absolute strangers feel free to inquire about my church, or start talking about their Christian beliefs…never seems to cross their minds that – A. I may or may not share them, or B. I simply don’t want to know. It always feels awkward and intrusive, and socially inept, like TMI. There’s your cultural divide, for sure.

    But I could walk away from those people or try to change the subject. When one is trying to watch Idol, and this comes out of left field, it’s in your face. 
    It was easier to look past Colton’s resemblance to a character from Cowboy Bebop with Jason Yeager’s hair than it was not to be low level annoyed by the constant ‘testimony’….just so I could try to concentrate on the vocals and what was happening on the stage.

    I think I managed it – enough to know I did not care for the vocals (or the squeak) or the stylized arrangements…but I suppose I’ll never be sure if that was the only basis for my indifference to Colton. Interesting.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/PVEFG2TOUIXSROKUSO2O2DOWWE Taylor

    Colton never called Gaga a wicked woman or anything like that. His statement about Gaga:

    “Nothing against the song or Lady Gaga–she’s got a thing going on that’s cool–but it’s just not me, who I am as an artist, and I think I let a lot people down with that…Just for me and who I am, what I stand for, it would have been smart to choose a different song.”

  • Anonymous

    My husband is from Nebraska,which I know is part of the bible belt yet I’ve never heard anyone talk about religion in all the years I’ve visited there.Some of them go to church on Sunday,but that’s about it.They talk a lot about farming but never religion.

  • Incipit

    nyc57, this is where I felt Idol was correct in the advice they gave the contestants, and for the most germane of reasons.

    There have often been discussions of what it takes to accumulate a fanbase – one that will provide the ever increasing votes needed to win as the Finale approaches. The differences have been expressed as a deep fandom or a wide one – and the latter is preferred.The deep fandom is committed and votes like crazy, but it doesn’t grow much – the wide fandom keeps spreading out as it adds new voters from the eliminated contestants, or gains the loyalty of casual viewers.

    Vocal versatility isn’t as germane to a career as it is to collecting the voters so one can ‘have’ that career. That’s the way Idol is set up. Branding oneself by having too narrow of a vocal style, or by only being able to perform in a very specific genre, or even by declaring a specific religious affiliation at every opportunity is not inclusive, and obviously, it can have an opposite effect.

    It was very pragmatic advice, IMO…and even though specialization doesn’t bother that deep fanbase, I have seen in the past, when comments start focusing on what a cast member can “only” do as a reason for disenchantment, it’s a sign that folks with more general preferences look elsewhere for a favorite.

    It’s as simple as – If you can help it, ‘Don’t give the audience a reason NOT to vote for you.’ That’s always good to remember, but especially in a season where the front runners change from week to week.

    Your observation about the regional attitudes towards public expressions of personal belief systems is very apt in that context. Some people admire it, some people find it off-putting or un-necessary. TPTB knows this, and tried to make the cast aware – it’s a big, diverse audience. Include as many of them as you can in being invested in you ‘as a performer and an artist’, because that’s the point of the whole thing.

    Colton had other problems he’s not owning, and Sassycatz covered them well – Occams Razor says that not enough people liked his vocals, his song choices, or his arrangements, where ever they came from,  to vote for him to stay. Using Gaga as the scapegoat won’t change that fact. But deliberately limiting the scope of his fandom didn’t help things either.

    IMO. Of Course.

    (and now I’ve written a verdamit essay!)

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you and It certainly explains how Kris won.The fact that he didn’t talk about his religion helped him in the long run.For most people,Danny was the religious one,especially for people outside the bubble,as I was.It helped him in the beginning,but his base probably didn’t grow that much.

    I do think likability is a huge factor on idol.People want the idols to be humble and grateful.For me,at least,if an idol shows a whiff of arrogance, I turn against them.I know it must be very hard to be criticized  in front of 20 million people but it’s part of the deal they agreed to for the chance to be famous and talking back turns me off. I also hate when an idols act like they’re too cool for idol, which I thought Crystal did. I think that why she lost .I think people are constantly scrutinizing the idols. 
    Colton is young and I don’t think he understands his weaknesses.The judges didn’t help him by not pointing them out until this week.  

  • Karen C

    There have often been discussions of what it takes to accumulate a fanbase – one that will provide the ever increasing votes needed to win as the Finale approaches. The differences have been expressed as a deep fandom or a wide one – and the latter is preferred.The deep fandom is committed and votes like crazy, but it doesn’t grow much – the wide fandom keeps spreading out as the contestant adds new voters from the eliminated contestants, or gains the loyalty of casual viewers.

    I’ve been thinking that some the contestants have smaller fanbases this year, and probably what you call deep fanbases. That’s why the voting has been so inconsistent, people are voting more week to week.  

    What I’m also wondering with Colton is how much of an increase in votes might have affected the results if the size of his fanbase or number of people that voted for him stayed the same, because Ryan implied that votes were much higher this week than in previous weeks.  So, someone could have the  close to the same amount of voters every week, but if others had an increase you could still eventually get the lowest votes.  Even though I like what Colton did, I can see it wasn’t his best week, and would be less likely to gain new voters, where the others did.

    I also wonder if the comparisons that Jimmy Iovine has been doing between Jessica/Hollie, and Colton/Phillip have hurt more than they helped.   In both cases, the one that he said was the strongest competator was voted off, even though Jessica was saved.  I think what might have happened is that the viewers who like one might be more likely to like both.  Maybe they are thinking the one that Jimmy Iovine said was the stronger competator was safe from elimination, so they voted for the other one more, so they can save both.  It’s too much of a coincidence that this happened with both pairs that he compared.

  • Anonymous

    I quoted it because I agree that it’s lame to blame the choice of “Bad Romance.”  A lot of people love that song, and that probably includes some Christians.  

    What struck me was the litany of quotes throughout all the articles listed here.  It almost seems like Colton’s blaming that wicked woman, Lady Gaga, for leading him astray!  She’s up there with Eve causing the expulsion of Man from Eden.  

    From his interviews, it’s clear Colton doesn’t discount Lady Gaga or “Bad Romance” at all.  He’s said that she’s done very well with it and made it a #1 song.  He probably likes that song because, I mean, he freaking chose to sing it. What he regrets is him CHOOSING to sing “Bad Romance” that night when he could have picked another song that would fit him (and appease his fan base) better lyrically.

    The headlines are actually misleading…Colton’s not blaming Gaga or “Bad Romance”; he’s blaming himself for picking it.

  • Anonymous

    Watching earlier you tube videos, Colton frequently sang in a church atmosphere. I was
    impressed by his singing ability at 20 years of age. Colton is truly talented. I enjoy
    Christian Music and look forward to his music if that is the route he chooses to follow.
    Actually, whatever musical genre Colton chooses, I am a fan. Last night was definately
    going to be difficult to watch, and as it turned out, Colton became the sacfificial lamb, no
    pun intended, and I am sad that he paid such a price as elimination for what was one
    unfortunate night. One question, was Jimmy mentoring Colton?