Music & Culture
Colton Dixon Chose Gaga and Lost
Written by T.M. Gaouette | May 1, 2012
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?