Colton Dixon Makes Like Stevie Wonder on American Idol With "Lately"

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Stevie Wonder. Colton Dixon.

Those two things may seem like oil and water, and vocally, the latter's rendition of the former's "Lately" was not up there with the likes of Phillip Phillips.

Nevertheless, he overcame any shortcomings in his pedigree and made do with effort and charisma ... and besides, he's got the heart throb thing down.

How much you like Colton Dixon likely depends on your age and gender, and how far he lasts this season will hinge on whether he can expand that appeal.

His "base" got him here, but he needs swing voters to carry him to the next level. Can it happen? An open question, but he's not going home after this:

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I love Colton so much, I think he did a great job. I will support him 'til the end.