Colton Dixon, a Season 11 contestant on 'American Idol,' returned to the stage tonight (March 28), performing his thoroughly rawkin' single 'Love Has Come for Me.' He even joked beforehand that he would be able to get out there and do his thing with confidence, since he didn't have to worry about being in the bottom three anymore.
Instead of picking something from the alternative rock genre, which definitely seems to be the genre Dixon is most comfortable with, the 20 year old went with Cyndi Lauper's pop ballad 'Time After Time.' However, he couldn't resist giving the classic a rock twist.
Tonight on 'American Idol,' Colton Dixon opened the show with an incredibly emotional rendition of Lifehouse's 'Everything,' which the teary-eyed crooner cited as his "favorite worship song of all time." It was a great pick for Dixon, especially considering the remaining nine contestants were tasked with choosing songs from their own personal idols for tonight's episode.
The powers-that-be run a tight ship over at 'American Idol,' and rightfully so, since they've got a multi-million dollar brand to protect. They encourage the contestants to be social and to promote themselves by participating in social media, albeit with a few rules and regs. Hopefuls are outfitted with their own Twitter accounts with 'Idol'-specific handles, like CDixonAI11, which is an obvious reference to Season 11. However, rocker Colton Dixon admits he was warned to mind his tweeting Ps and Qs from the get go. It's not that he posts salacious content or tweets too much. Rather, producers preemptively suggest that contestants pull back on religious-themed posts.
Stevie Wonder is not Colton Dixon's wheelhouse, since he is an alt rock singer. So he was easily the most challenged of the boys on tonight's episode of 'American Idol' (March 7) when he sang 'Lately.' That said, he bravely and gamely soldiered on. He was flat at some points and sharp at others. Was it a flawless performance? No way. But it was not reason enough to send him home.
American Idol contestant Colton Dixon may just like to “play music and have fun” but we think he has more in store for us this season if his premier performance was any indication of what’s to come. Used to being viewed from behind the piano, Dixon began by tickling the ivories before taking to the stage armed with only a microphone serenading us with a sultry version of Paramore's song ‘Decode.’