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!


@ Dr one
you promote being something if you are proud of it. I always describe myself as a 20 year old doctor and i say it everywhere and how i love medicine and i always comment about literary stuff because I'm proud of it and i want more people to want to be doctors and to love literature. The same way i advertise my Christianity and catholicism. I'm proud of it and as long as i have the right, i do it. If you have nothing to believe in, you'd be interested in getting others to do the same. Stop doing that, it show innate fear that maybe, just maybe Colon is right.


Whatever it is that has caused you the pain that drives this anger, can be let go of. I am so confident that my God is a passionate, forgiving god and He can even heal you of your anger and pain (when the time is right for His plan). Any intelectual person of sound mind will at least attempt to take the time to hear where, how, when and what drives a movement prior to bashing...not just refusing to believe, but bashing it. It will forever be difficult for you to understand how water was turned to wine, how a small amount of bread fed thousands, how a guard's ear was healed immediately, how a blind man was given sight, how Lazurus was brought back to life or how Jesus rose from the dead 3 days after he was crucified. You one day will understand that through your new found faith (I'm confident that you will be saved one day) that with Jesus, anything is possible.


Once again, Colton is not your two faced, hypocritical Christian. He is a stand up, Jesus loving, Family loving, kid who will stop and pray with the homeless lady that just needs that little extra emotional help to get through the day. He is there to represent the love that Jesus has shed on him, to the whole world. He is that good role model, that shows today's children the truth. His family is amazing and if just a small percentage of family units could be like his, the world would be a better place. I am proud to say that my 2 daughters enjoy, better yet are ecstatic about Colton. You will be OK one day DrOne. Hopefully, sooner than later. I will pray for you. Russ


When someone from one religion or another goes around trying to convert people or discuss it on a NON-RELIGIOUS program, people find it offensive and downright WRONG. Colton needs to grow up and either NOT promote his Christianity by the songs he chooses, his Religious symbols on his clothes, OR just simply walk away from the show. AI is not going to give Colton a Christian recording contract. Using the name of someone to promote a religion that they didn't create, books that they didn't write and say things that simply aren't based on proven methods is a wrong. PROVE it that one goes to heaven by taking Jesus Christ as their personal savior. I want VALID undeniable proof. Use some common sense. If one commits a crime against another person, how does one become forgiven for it? Ask Jesus for forgiveness? Make it up to the victim? Which one sounds right? one doesn't need to do anything but use some common sense to find the answer to this one.


Russ, I have read enough text in different versions of the BIble to understand that they were written in older forms of English, have contradictions, generalizations, and other downright false information that has been scientifically been proven to be false information. NO ONE can turn water into wine. It is a scientifically impossible thing to do without some sort of slight of hand magic trick. A person cannot walk up to a body of water and part it so they can walk through it. I knew Colton was Christian without him saying so because of his ridiculous cross on the back of his jacket and the songs he chooses. It is a turn off. It has NO PLACE on a TV show that isn't listed as a Religious Christian program. God doesn't write things down on a piece of paper, if God wrote the BIble, then he screwed up.


Russ, Sorry, but it is impossible for Jesus Christ to be God. He may be part of what God represents, but he isn't God by himself. OK? The Christian Bible is based on text written in other languages based on OTHER religions, Jewish, Pagan, and some other stuff thrown. It is NOT Jesus Christ's original teachings. Jesus Christ didn't tell you guys to commercialize your form of Christianity, which isn't the original form. All these churches are doing is trying to prey upon the weak minded that need direction so they can raise money to promote hypocritical behavior. I haven't met any devout Christians that were honest people. I've dealt with a bunch of them, some are nice, but a whole bunch of them are two faced, BS artists that commit crimes against others, but lying, and other violations of people's civil rights.


Those who believe that Satan was masquerading as Christ have fallen victim to deceptive religions that contort and falsify God's word.
In no way is any of this discussion meant to put you down for not being a "Christian." However, it seems from your comments, it is almost your intent to put Colton down because he is a Christian.
Jesus Christ, God and the Holy Spirit are all in one. As it is read in 1 Corinthians 1:18, "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." Simply put, this just stated that since you have not accepted Christ as your Savior, God's written word doesn't fully make sense.
Colton has been placed in his current environment by none other than Jesus (we will keep it simple for you). In no way is he selling himself using Jesus' name without permission. Jesus commands us as Christians to go out into the world and make disciples of many using His name..(continued)


Aside from religious beliefs, Colton is a genuine individual. He is not on American Idol to be a self righteous music icon. He is there to truly become a role model and reach a platform where his voice will be heard by many. As stated in the article, people have warned him that his actions could cost him votes, possibly costing him a win. Can you not at least see the character he posses? A characteristic that holds firm to what he believes in despite the possible consequence or what others may see as wrong. Each of us that call ourselves Christian are in fact horrible representations of who Christ calls us to be. Unfortunately, by those flaws we are judged and called hypocrites by individuals like yourself. We were not given salvation through Jesus' ultimate sacrifice to abuse. However, we will always fall short. For this, I am eternally grateful for this gift. Vote for Colton. I will continue to pray for you DrOne.


I am proud of Colten, he isn't pushing anything on anyone and he isnt letting anyone push anything on him. He didn't even go to american idle to audition. He was there for his sister and the judges asked him to sing. That's why he feels God placed him there. Just be yourself Colten and good luck.


You know, there are people that discuss how Satan masquerades as Jesus Christ. Maybe you and Colton and the others are examples of that. It is possible. Typical Christian garbage, trying to put someone down because they aren't a Christian. Christianity that is practiced today has not much to do with what Jesus was trying to teach. It's these churches that are trying to make a profit by using people like Colton, etc. It's part of their deception to make money.

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