Colton Dixon To Attend Correspondents Dinner, Writing With Chris Daughtry

AMERICAN IDOL: TOP 24 SEMIFINALISTS: Colton Dixon, 20. Murfreesboro, TN. CR: Michael Becker / FOX.Eliminated American Idol finalist, Colton Dixon  will attend this weekend’s annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner as a special guest of The Christian Broadcasting Network.

“I think it was pretty clear from the beginning where Colton’s heart is,”  said CBN news director Rob Allman. “His heart is in Christianity and his strong feeling for God. As soon as he was voted off, I sent an email saying we should try to get Colton to be our guest if he would.”

Katharine McPhee, Ace Young, Chris Sligh and Mandisa have also attended the dinner in the past. (Via

Also, Jason Wade of Lifehouse has reached out to the Idol finalist. He talked a little bit about the songs for his first album.

“I have multiple, multiple songs, it’s gonna be hard choosing songs for a record, I’m going to be writing till my fingers bleed,” Dixon told MTV News on Monday. “I hope I get to incorporate some of my older stuff in there too because then I can make it come full circle for me and this record would mean that much more. But just the different writers we’re already talking about. I had dinner with Chris Daughtry and there’s the option of writing with him, which would be amazing. And Jason Wade of Lifehouse called me up after I did his song and was interested in writing.”

More about getting advice from Chris

“He’s such a great guy, genuine guy, we talked about whatever, Jesus, life, we talked about Batman for probably 30 minutes, we’re both Batman nerds,” Dixon revealed, “It’s great to see established artists reaching out and trying to pull you up there.”

“I’m definitely trying to get as much advice from Chris on the future as possible,” Dixon said. “Just to help model my career after things that he has done, because he’s done a phenomenal job of just going for it even after getting voted off fourth. I’m hoping I can make the most out of top seven.”

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  • Anonymous

    Aw I’m so happy for Colton! And that’s really great of Daughtry to help him out and talk to him. I didn’t know Lifehouse called him, that’s really awesome. I’m glad Colton seems to be building a network of people he wants to draw from for advice/writing/whatever. Future is bright for him!

  • Anonymous

    Good for Colton!  Daughtry seemed to be a fan of Colton’s based on his tweets I saw to Colton. The future does look very bright for him.

  • Anonymous

    I am happy for Colton! Good things are coming his way. He needs to maintain contacts, keep writing, and get aggressive. Jason is a great songwriter and is successful. I can’t wait to see what Colton has in store.

  • Cathy Plemel

    Great for Colton.  I wonder if the dinner is the second half of the exciting news.  It’s amazing that established artists that Colton looks up to are interested in writing and good for Colton to seek advice from Daughtry and for Daughtry to be willing to help him out.  Daughtry is a good pick to model his career after.  I also happen to be a big Daughtry fan so the ideas of these two writing together is awesome.  It helps to have connections and it looks like Colton’s making some good ones. He seems to have a good head on his shoulders and to be really thinking about how he wants to go about the next step.  I think he will be just fine.

  • Nicole P.

    haha I definitely remember watching C-SPAN in the past just to see Constantine and Michael Johns at the White House Correspondents Dinner! Only times I’ve ever watched C-SPAN! Looks like I’ll have to watch it again this weekend to try to see Colton! :) 

  • Anonymous

    I’m glad for Colton. He’s getting quite a boost from his time on Idol. It’s great to hear that Chris Daughtry and Lifehouse are reaching out to work with him. He’s smart and talented and well-spoken; I think he’ll have a long career.

  • Pam

    Wow.  This is great news for Colton all around.  It will be interesting to see what comes out of these collaborations.  

  • too-cool-for-school

    I’m not really a fan, but good for Colton! The more people he knows the better. People who also know other people that can help guarantee him some success. Best of luck to him. :)

  • Anonymous

    Good for Colton, I’m so happy seeing good thing already happen for him. I’m definitely looking forward to what’s next.

  • Anonymous

    Colton seems ready to work hard.  Idols who get voted off often say that, but in his case, I can actually believe it.  I really hope things fall in place for him and he’ll be rewarded well.  This is just the beginning for him.  I hope Idol lets him strike while the iron is hot, coz that’s the tricky part.

  • Anonymous

    Colton is not a great singer, he will burn out soon enough.

  • Anonymous

    Why do you say that?  Just curious.  I’m very excited for Colton and his future.  He is prepared to work hard and learn. 

  • Anonymous

    If I can’t go to the Correspondents dinner, neither should Colton.  He wasn’t just elected a member of the press or to elective office, he just lost a singing contest.  This is ridiculous.

  • Anonymous

    Good for Colton. The song that Daughtry wrote with Kris, “Send Me All Your Angels,” is along the lines of the type of song I could see coming out of a possible Daughtry/Colton collab, perhaps even with a more direct Christian vibe to it.

    Interesting that Jason Wade reached out to him — he must have been impressed with Colton’s take on “Everything”. I know Jason has collaborated with artists outside of his band before, so that would be nice for Colton if that worked out.

  • Christina

    Yay, Colton! So happy he’s going to be doing such great things. :)

  • Anonymous

    Go Colton!! , so happy for your happiness and new opportunities !!

  • Anonymous

    as much as i’m not a fan of colton’s, this kid will do well. no doubt about that.

  • Anonymous

    So many good things happening for Colton!

    Here’s a picture of him with Sophie Grace and Rosie backstage on Ellen.  All kinds of adorable!!/CDixonAI11/status/195290360837185536/photo/1

  • judes

    I remember seeing Michael Johns at the Correspondence dinner & having Condelecia[? can’t remember her exact name]] Rice come over & say how she loved him on idol & how disappointed she was when he was voted off.She plays piano quite well & said they should collaborate on a song.[Lol]These opportunities are great for Idols & good for networking which it appears Colton has been doing really well. I love that Daughtry & Jason have reached out to him about writing in the future. I love both of their music so looking forward to hearing what songs they come up with.

  • koshka

    Hmmmm I don’t know if Daughtry is the right person to write with. He is still quite successful, but not burning up the charts like he used to. His sound is a bit dated these days. 

  • Natalie Blake

    And what have you done to deserve to go? The article mentions that multiple previous Idol contenders have attended, so it’ unusual.

  • Anonymous

    I once wrote a political column. (And apparently I am in a lousy mood.)

  • Anonymous

    “And what have you done to deserve to go? The article mentions that
    multiple previous Idol contenders have attended, so it’ unusual.”

    In my opinion — and I have gone numerous times — the damn dinner should be for the *political* press and invited guests that have something to do with public policy.  Yeah, I know it’s supposed to be a fun evening with the Prez but, guess what?, people with some public-policy interest are usually very interesting and have, you know, substantive and often quite funny, even, things to say on the millions of important issues that Washington ought to be interested in. I’d open the door to satirists, for example, and *maybe* Hollywood types who are actual political advocates.

    As the years have gone on, though, the whole event has become so larded up with “celebrities” and 15-minutes-of-famers such as immediate-past-Idol-contestants and stupid women who’ve committed adultery with high-profile politicians and all the local DC tv weathermen and Lyndsey Lohan (said to be attending this year), that intelligent conversation and any kind of focus at all on, you know, Washington — the most powerful and complicated city on the globe — have pretty much gone out the window and the whole thing has just become a showcase for the newest gowns that starlets are wearing this season. It’s vapid, these days. In that, I guess it really reflects the current state of the biggest names in the Washington press corps, who are mainly just suck-ups to power. … But there are lots and lots of other people in the Washington press corps who actually *know* something and once upon a time, very long ago, the dinner was about them — now, since it’s about Vanity Fair (and isn’t that ironic), it’s getting harder and harder for those people to even score a whole table. They’ve got to make room for ex-Idol contestants.

    There. That’s my rant on the Dinner subject. And I don’t think Colton should be going either, but, of course, that’s not in the least Colton’s fault. (I did meet Aretha at the dinner, once, in an upstairs hallway into which I took a wrong turn at the elevator. That was cool …. but she was the entertainer that year, not one of the irrelevant dinner guests busy crowding out the actual press.)

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  • Kariann Hart

    Colton is a unique talent.  I wish him the very best!