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Colton Dixon Chose Gaga and Lost

Here’s an ironic story. Colton Dixon recently was eliminated from American Idol. And it may have been because he strayed away from his Christian ideology.

I find this story ironic because, in my last post, I discussed how Dixon remained strong in his faith, even when American Idol producers requested that he refrain from being overly religious on social media. Dixon said that he didn’t want to compromise his faith, even if it meant losing viewers.

However, Dixon did stray from his beliefs by singing “Bad Romance,” a Lady Gaga song, and it may have been his downfall.

Watch his performance below.


In an interview with E! Online, Dixon blames his elimination on straying from his Christian values by singing a Lady Gaga song that reflects a completely opposite viewpoint. In doing so, he thinks he may have turned off much of his Christian voting base.

I think the biggest risk was ‘Bad Romance,’ and I think it was a bad risk to take because I didn’t really think it through. I think musically, 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 I think about. For whatever reason, I overlooked that this week. I think that’s the main reason why I’m talking to you right now, honestly (Colton Dixon, E! Online).

Initially, I believe Dixon’s voters grew because of his Christian convictions. That’s what attracted them to him. That’s what kept them devoted. But when he strayed from them, he lost them.

So what does this mean? I believe it indicates that there are millions of people looking for music and entertainers who are not only Christian, but also who fight for Christianity. Who knows, maybe Dixon’s voter base grew because he stood up for his beliefs. But when he went against them, those people turned away, possibly believing he wasn’t as devoted as he had initially suggested. That could be why he lost and Dixon too feels this is the reason.

I’ve taken pride in knowing who I am and really taking a stance in my faith. I think in choosing ‘Bad Romance,’ I turned off a lot of those voters, which are my core voters. I’m sorry that I got caught up in the musicality of the performance this week instead of what it should have been, which is the connection to a song that I normally bring every week.

The following are some of the lyrics Dixon sang from Gaga’s song:

I want your ugly/ I want your disease/ I want your everything as long as it’s free. I want your horror, I want your design/ ‘Cause you’re a criminal as long as you’re mine, I want your love, I don’t want to be friends.

The song also includes the following lyrics: “I want your psycho, your vertical stick/ Want you in my rear window, baby, you’re sick.” Dixon didn’t sing these, but they give a full picture of the caliber of Gaga’s song.

PI girls, do you believe that Colton Dixon is correct in assuming that he lost because he sang “Bad Romance”? Were you a devoted Dixon fan who was turned off when he sang Gaga’s song?


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  1. Eurydice

    Posted by Eurydice on November 6, 2012 at 18:19

    1.) The lyrics of the song are “I want your Psycho, your VERTIGO stick,” not “vertical.” These are references to classic Hitchcock films. I know you guys hate Gaga, but that’s no reason to not get your facts straight.

    2.) The only thing this incident shows is how fickle Christians can be with their “heroes” and role models.

  2. Project Inspired

    Posted by prolife4life on July 18, 2012 at 23:57

    i think this is kinda silly infact he was told many times if he didnt stop witht he christan music he would lose

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheMouseLover on June 30, 2012 at 18:50

    Colton became my favorite on AI after DeAndre Brackensick went home, Colton had always been my second favorite since the beginning. I was out of town the week that he was eliminated, so i came home and looked up who went home and saw that it was Colton, I was shocked and crushed. I then saw that he sang Gaga and thought “Well, that’s why!” But i was not turned off by Colton singing that, everyone makes mistakes, and now he probably wants to stick to clean music and Christian music. I still love Colton Dixon, I was stil disappointed that he went home, and I hope he takes up a career in Christian music. 🙂

  4. Project Inspired

    Posted by Attie the Jesus Freak on June 14, 2012 at 14:17

    I was cheering for Colton and couldn’t BELIEVE he sang Gaga
    🙁 ESCPECIALLY after reading the OTHER article on Gaga showing her satanism.

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by StellarK on May 30, 2012 at 21:19

    God tells us to give everything we do to Him, not merely doing things for men as people-pleasers, but for God. So yes, I think his song choice was a part in getting him eliminated. I believe he knows what he did was wrong, and I believe God forgives him. He is so talented!

  6. SunshineGirl

    Posted by SunshineGirl on May 25, 2012 at 14:31

    I stopped watching that season of Idol when Colton went home. I don’t care who wins anymore.

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kida on May 20, 2012 at 08:08

    and as a Christian

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by Kida on May 20, 2012 at 08:08

    If he thinks that himself then probably, it’s true. But at least he knows he made a mistake and apologized for it, and hopefully it will help him grow as a person. I also think that if he HAD won, the fame might have destroyed him beyond repair, so as far as he personally goes, he is better off fading out of the spotlight and being normal again.

  9. Livelikeurdying

    Posted by Livelikeurdying on May 11, 2012 at 06:45

    First of all, I hate lady gaga. And in my opinion I think this guy didnt sing it very well.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by christinab on May 4, 2012 at 17:12

    I don’t think he lost because he sang a lady gaga song. I think he lost because he picked the wrong song and his performance wasn’t all that great. I don’t know the song… I don’t listen to lady gaga but I’m sure she does it better! I sing and hum songs that aren’t “christian/gospel but that doesn’t make me less a christian. I don’t think he would have made it to the top 3 anyway. We’re going by musical/voice talent on AI and at the moment america has gotten it right. Colton is very talented and I’m sure he’ll continue with God’s blessing in his career.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by Kida on May 20, 2012 at 08:10

      It was more that it’s an inappropriate song instead. Not that it’s not “Christian/gospel”, that it’s actually a bad song. (AND SUPER ANNOYING!)

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by on May 4, 2012 at 15:27

    I actually really agree. I liked Colton a lot. I groaned when I heard he would be singing this song. It’s not a Gaga thing, but I really hate the lyrics. I thought he was so cool when he was doing all these songs that he liked and chose, so I was confused when he picked “Bad Romance”. I really wish he had done something different.

  12. JesusFreak46256

    Posted by JesusFreak46256 on May 3, 2012 at 12:34

    I’m a die hard, all the way Colton fan. however, i was immediately turned off by his song choice. he strayed to far from his faith with this song and thankfully, he realized it. i’m so glad that he knows his mistake, apologized for it, and plans to do christian music in the future. he doesn’t hide the fact that it was his fault, and he doesn’t blame anyone else. he’s a great guy and he definitely deserves a 2nd chance. i will continue to be a fan of his as long as he stays true to himself and God.

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by IamLaura on May 3, 2012 at 12:26

    Umm. I think the reason he got voted off is not because of the song he sang but because he just didn’t do as well as the other people on the show. I think you’re way overanalyzing this.

  14. so_shedances

    Posted by so_shedances on May 3, 2012 at 09:41

    Colton is very insightful because I never would have thought that would be the reason why he was voted off. I admire him for thinking that.

  15. Project Inspired

    Posted by Nyvina777 on May 2, 2012 at 23:55

    I think it’s wonderful that he admitted he thinks he made a mistake. Personally, if I were in his shoes, I would have felt I did the wrong thing as well. Even if I won. I’m glad he is brave and humble enough to admit his thinks he made a mistake. Many people can learn from his example. Myself included. 😛

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by veronicam on May 2, 2012 at 16:18

    I believe when we do things that are not pleasing in God’s sight, then we lose His protection and covering. He told us that even though we live in this world, we are not supposed to be of this world.

  17. Project Inspired

    Posted by Rachel on May 2, 2012 at 13:03

    I think it’s wonderful that HE thinks that’s why he lost and that HE thinks he made a mistake! If someone messes up, realizes it, and doesn’t hide it or ignore…I think that’s more insipring than if they never messed up. I’m still with him 100%!!

  18. Project Inspired

    Posted by poochker on May 2, 2012 at 13:01

    This is sad.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by GodGirl96 on May 2, 2012 at 16:39

      We Christians need to stand up for our beliefs! Yes, I believe that Colton made a mistake by singing that song. But if we realize who God is and what he’s done for us, we should realize that he deserves a second chance bc it’s so easy to get caught up in the world these days. Anyways, heres some of the lyrics to a REALLY good song called “Control” by: Royal Tailor:) “This world is Ra Ra, in a Bad Romance, goin Ga ga. We getting played by the love game….hymatized by all the fame. But I believe, we can’t back down from the fight! It’s not OK with me…to just be silent, won’t be silent! No, we wont let them take control! We won’t go with the flow! We’ve gotta stand together!!! It’s so plastic, and I can’t be a fake! It’s so stadic, every word that they say. We won’t let them take control!!!!” We just have to remember to look for pleasure not in worldly things, but in God. The devil is currently the prince if this Earth, but in God’s time he will take full control again! 🙂

  19. Paris

    Posted by Paris on May 1, 2012 at 21:04

    Mabye this is God’s way of teaching him a valueable lesson. People makes mistakes,but that dosen’t mean you disown them.

  20. lindsay.marie

    Posted by lindsay.marie on May 1, 2012 at 20:04

    I definitelyy still love him, and i was soooo dissapointed when he got eliminated. (And it was on my birthday 🙁
    And i think he still sang it well. But there are a lot of Christians who listen to Lady Gaga, so i don’ t know if that really was the reason he was voted off

  21. Project Inspired

    Posted by 88do on May 1, 2012 at 18:58

    I don’t like the title of this article. I personally find it rude. But the article does make a lot of sense- great job on keeping this article unbiased 🙂