Colton Dixon: The Tim Tebow of American Idol?

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American Idol executives have reportedly offered a bit of advice to Colton Dixon, and it's not about his pitch or his song choice or his weekly on-stage outfits.

The season 11 finalist told Today that producers warned him about coming across as overly religious online, fearing this would alienate a segment of viewers.

"When we first started the Twitter and Facebook stuff, they said beware of political and religious tweets," Dixon said. "Just because it can turn off voters or whatever."

"But, you know, being a Christian is who I am. It is a part of me musically. It is what I want to do after the show - go into Christian music."

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Dixon has found himself in a couple Twitter wars as a result of his open views, however.

One user recently suggested the crooner "can't Tebow his way to a win," referencing the Denver Broncos quarterback who led his team to the NFL playoffs admits controversy of his frequent references to God and post-game prayer celebrations.

"I don't follow Tebow," Dixon Tweeted in response. "I follow a guy named Jesus. I'm just trusting His plans. Whatever that may be."

In the end, of course, Dixon and all contestants will mostly be judged on their ability. To get a look at all finalists in action, visit our American Idol video section now!


I am all the way in Jamaica. I am only watching idol this year because of you. I am a born again Christian, walking with God nearly 37 years. Continue your prayer life. Take time out to continue your constancy with God. You are a Christian and that is who you are and will contiue to be. When William Wilberforce was trying to have the bill for the abolition of slavery pased in Parliament in England in the 18 hundreds, John Wesley, England's great evangelist wrote the last letter he ever wrote to him encouraging him in his efforts in this area. He sought to assure Wilberforce that if this is God's will it will succeed, for the British Parliament, all together, is not stronger than God. The God of our salvation - the Lord Jesus Christ. I will now assure you that as you continue with God on American Idol, you must not back down. Is the Fox network, the judges and all of Idol's supporters stronger than God? I think not. Audrey


I love Jesus and i know Colton Dixon does i love to profess my faith and i will keep doing it no matter what people say!


Hey, I just wanted to let you know that what you said last night really encouraged me. Not many people would risk so much on behalf of Christ. Thanks for standing up for the one who is right, no matter what anybody else has to say about it.


Praise or Lord his Savior!!!!! Go Colton, are a wonderful singer and will make it along ways with the Lord by your side. You are setting a wonderful example for my children. I have 9 by the way, hahaha. By the way, last night Piano Man is my 12 year old son's favorite song. I just recently introduced him to Billy Joel. You are so talented. I love your version of that song. It was beautiful. Love Heather


What a joy you are. Those who need your help, God has already prepared them for what you have inside you. The only difference between us and the nay-sayers is the precious blood of Jesus. Keep on keeping on. God bless all you put your hands to.


I knew there was something smarmy about him. Simple fact, the fastest growing religion is, "no religion" Third largest religious segment in the world, None.


Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life, no one comes
to the Father except through me."
Jesus is either a liar, a lunatic, or Lord-which is what He said He is.
You can choose to believe or not, but you are responsible for the consequences of your choice.


Ok so I'm confused judgement here..Why is it such a big deal that Colton on American Idol said "I prayed, I just wanted God to use me"??...there is all this craziness on how he's pushing his faith on people. Now I KNOW what it looks like when someone's pushing their faith on people AND IT DRIVES ME CRAZY but CANT u just be proud of who you are...Like for example if someone says 'Im gay' we dont say (s)he's pushing his/her sexuality on people, do we?


Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that God is love and love has come for us all!!! ore power to you Colton, do not listen to the naysayers, because they don't know Him as we do. He calls us to be bold witnesses and you are doing exactly that, God Bless You!!! Keep singing for Him and you'll win no matter what!!!!!


Calm down people. I LOVE COLTON :))))))))))!!! Anyways, he is wow.

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