'American Idol': Colton Dixon regrets singing Lady Gaga
"After feeling what the Bottom 3 felt like, I'm glad I'll never have to go through it again. It is weird -- all this is so overwhelming," he admits backstage following the results show. "[I'm] a little overwhelmed, but besides that, I'm good. I know God is going to use me to do other things."
Dixon wasn't completely surprised at how things turned out, though. "Personally, I thought I was going to be in the Bottom 3 tonight, so I wasn't surprised by that. Especially standing next to Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez -- I knew I was going. But I thought I had another week, if not a couple more, in me. You know, someone good's got to go home. It was just me this week."
And in case you're wondering, Dixon harbors no ill will toward Sanchez, who was the beneficiary of the judges' save. He's not mad that they chose to keep her in the game. "Jessica Sanchez deserved to be saved, hands down. Very glad they did [that]."
Besides, he knows that great things are still in store despite the fact that he won't claim the "Idol" crown. "Things are only going to get better from here. I'm going to be able to write my own music and put out my own music, and America's going to be able to connect with me through that."
And what will that album sound like? "I want to do Christian music. That's where my heart's at. I grew up on it, that's what I've taken a stand for, and that's what I believe in. I'm going to start writing as soon as they let me and get started on a record, whether it's independent [or on Interscope Records]. I don't know what's going to happen. I'm just excited to share a gift that god gave me. It's all in his timing. You've just got to let go and trust that he's going to do good things with you."
Still, he's got to have a few regrets about the competition. " I think song choice killed me last night," he admits. "I regret my first song last night. My take on it was me, and I didn't veer stylistically from me at all, but I think I could've chosen a better song that I could connect with that had a better message for me and for my audience. I think that's what turned a lot of people off last night."
Something good did come out of the sad elimination night -- he finally got a standing ovation from the judges for his encore performance of Lifehouse's "Everything." "You know, it's funny. I've been trying too hard to get a standing O from the judges that I didn't need. I just didn't need it for confidence or anything like that."
During his final song, during which he got emotional and fell to his knees, he explains, "I wasn't singing for [the judges]. I wasn't singing for my family or anyone in the audience. I wasn't singing for anyone at home. That song was between me and my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We had a cool moment onstage for sure. But I wanted to end it the way I started it and the way I told myself I would do this competition, and I'm glad I got the opportunity."