Colton Dixon Blames Gaga’s ‘Bad Romance’ for His ‘Idol’ Elimination

by | April 20, 2012 at 2:56 PM | American Idol, Interviews

Colton Dixon on American Idol (Michael Becker/FOX)

Colton Dixon had a bad romance with Lady Gaga this week. In today’s cast-off conference call, the former “American Idol” contestant said he regretted singing the Gaga hit because “I turned off a lot of my core voters.”

Colton said it was the biggest risk he took on the show, and was happy with the performance, but not the song itself. “The message that was portrayed wasn’t really who I was,” said Colton. “I think that’s the main reason why I’m talking to you right now.”

Throughout the competition, Colton has increasingly reached out to Christian voters by professing his faith and choosing songs with religious messages. After he received the bad news about his end last night, he repeated Lifehouse’s “Everything,” and devoted it to God.

“I’m a Christian and I’m not going to shy away from that,” he said. “I was so glad I got to do ['Everything'] not once but twice and I think that made an impact. And that encouraged fellow believers to take a stand…without being ashamed of it.”

Colton said he’d love to tour with a band with crossover appeal, like Daughtry or Paramore, “and then hit the main churches along the way, too.”

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“It’s about a ministry for me,” he added. “So I’d be able to share the message for people who already know and maybe those who don’t know.”

As for last night’s surprising elimination, Colton said it felt like a bad dream. “It all happened so fast,” he said. “It’s weird being on the outside of the ‘Idol’ bubble.”

Asked whether he though the judges would have used the “save” on him if they still had it, he said he didn’t know. “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…I would like to think they would, I would hope they would, but I guess we’ll never know.”

Colton said he’s espeically sad to miss Queen week–he was planning to sing “The Show Must Go On.” He also came up with the idea of a theme week in which the contestants write their own songs. “I might need to talk to Nigel [Lythgoe] about this.”

But, he said, the elimination helped him learn his lesson not to stray too far from his Christian identity. “I can’t stress enough my faith and what it means to me,” Colton said in his closing remarks. “God gave me a voice.”