April 20, 2012 05:57 PM by Lisa Princ
Last night, on FOX‘s American Idol, the judges were left without a save after Jessica Sanchez was saved last week, and in a shocking turn of events, Colton Dixon was eliminated. Today, Colton shared his thoughts on the show, his exit, and what we can expect next from him. Read on for more!
Last night on American Idol, Colton Dixon was eliminated when most thought it would be Hollie Cavanaugh or Elise Testone who would have gotten the boot. Today, Colton Dixon chatted about the “shocking” elimination, and what’s next for him. What the very Christian young man have to say…Check it out below!
On what he thought did him in last night:
“The biggest risk was Bad Romance by 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 wise, I was so happy with how it turned out. The message that was portrayed wasn’t really who I was, and that’s normally the first thing 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. I’m going to write and hopefully put out a record sometime soon. No harm, and I’m totally excited about the future.”
On whether or not he was shocked to be in the bottom:
“I had a feeling I was in the bottom, so 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 had never been in the bottom, but at the same time I was okay with it. I’m glad Hollie gets to stay longer – she’s going to kill it next week. 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, I was thinking, ‘I need to get ready for the mentor session, I’m like, oh wait, that wasn’t a bad dream last night,’ it’s weird. It’s weird being on the other side of things and outside of the Idol bubble. Again, I’m excited for what’s to come.”
On his apology last night on the show:
“Seeing the way I came across on camera after going backstage after September, I was kind of disappointed, for one, with the television editing, but again, I said it. I was disappointed in that. That’s definitely not who I am, and that struck me the wrong way. 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 I got caught up in the musicality and performance this week instead of what it should’ve 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.”
Colton Dixon’s thoughts on all the Tweets supporting him, and especially those of Carrie Underwood last night:
“I haven’t seen them through Twitter, but during an interview last night, someone told me what she had wrote. 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. It gives me good encouragement. It was amazing to see that, and I really do appreciate it.”
The best advice Colton received from one of the judges:
“I think Randy has given me the best advice. I mean, I love them all and they all bring something different, but Randy has really reached out and invested in me, and I love seeing that. He told me ‘never stray from who you are, and always up your game.’ It’s not week to week now, but it might be song to song, or album to album hopefully, so I’ll definitely take that always remember that.”
On the flip side, Colton has been frustrated with the judges as well:
“I was frustrated after I did September. They tell me to be true to who I am, and they love the way I change up a song, and yet they didn’t like September, which I thought I did to a ‘T’ to who I am, and that was a little frustrating. At the same time, it didn’t show off a lot of vocals, and the range wasn’t crazy. I understand it form a vocal competition stand point. It’s frustrating but at the same time I kind of get it. After hearing comments like ‘I can hear you on the radio today,’ ‘You’re ready to make a record today’ from Steven Tyler, it’s still encouraging. It makes me want to write this very second and get a record together. I’m stoked for what’s going to happen.”
On his future album, and his future in Nashville:
“I miss Nashville so much and I’m excited to be back next week, and I have several friends who love to write in Nashville. I’m excited to get back and start working and see what we come up with, so I definitely plan on staying around Nashville. 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. Whatever the product is of that will be where I’ll be as far as the genre of music. 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, and I’ll look into it and see if she wants to do it. That would be so much fun.”
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