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Are you sitting down, Colton Dixon fans? The seventh-place finisher on American Idol Season 11 has a major announcement to make.

In a new video, the singer says he's been signed by EMI/CMG and will be releasing a new album in the near future. It will include the single "You Are," which Dixon describes here as a "worship song" that he's very excited for supporters to hear.

Throughout the summer, Dixon has been performing an original song, “Never Gone,” on the Idols LIVE! tour. It will be available on iTunes September 25.

Colton was one of the more popular Idol contestants on Season 11.

His piano-based piano-infused take Eminem and Rihanna’s “Love the Way You Lie" was especially memorable and many were shocked when he was given the boot, despite never falling into the Bottom 3 until his final week.

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Immediately upon hearing his name called by Ryan Seacrest last night, as the latest American Idol finalist to get the boot, Colton Dixon was gracious and humble. He even apologized to the crowd for his poor Wednesday evening performances.

A little while later, backstage with reporters, not much was different for the dyed-hair rocker.

"[I'm] a little overwhelmed, but besides that, I'm good," Dixon said. "I know God is going to use me to do other things."

Was he at all resentful that the judges used up their save on Jessica Sanchez the week before? Not remotely.

She "deserved to be saved, hands down," Colton said, adding that he knew he'd be in the bottom three was he was called to center stage along with Sanchez and Phillip Phillips.

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Seven finalists. 14 performances.

On last night's American Idol, the remaining contestants sang a pair of tracks each: first, they covered a "Now" single from the year 2000 and beyond. Then, they went with a soul-based "Then" song, tackling artists such as Marvin Gaye and Otis Redding. Relive the latter half of the evening below and then vote on your favorite...

Hollie Cavanagh for hour number-two started with "Son Of A Preacher Man," one of our favorite singles from that era.

Up next, Colton Dixon went from Lady Gaga to Earth, Wine and Fire, sitting behind a piano for a version of "September."

Elise Testone then got us into the mood via the Marvin Gaye classic "Let's Get It On." Will it help her move on?

Phillip Phillips proceeded to show off his versatility, following an Usher cover with a rendition of "Midnight Hour."

From there, Jessica Sanchez made a plea to "Try A Little Tenderness," as she hopes to avoid another placement in the bottom three. The judges, of course, are all out of saves.

Skylar Laine, who also did Lady Gaga proud with her first performance, then lamented how she "Heard It Through the Grapevine." We adore her.

Finally, Joshua Ledet took us home by telling the world that "A Change is Gonna Come."

Which of these performances did you like best?

 

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Following the judges' save of Jessica Sanchez last night, the top 7 finalists on American Idol returned to the stage last night, singing two tracks apiece: a "Now" hit from 2000 and beyond; and a "Then" soul cover.

Which contestant impressed you most with his/her first performance? Watch, listen and vote below...

Hollie Cavanagh took quite a risk to opening the evening, belting out a version of 2011's biggest hit, Adele's "Rolling in the Deep."

Colton Dixon then went all gaga on viewers. Lady Gaga, that is! Check out his version of "Bad Romance" now.

Elise Testone proceeded to give us the first Alicia Keys rendition of the night, taking on the heartfelt ballad "No One."

Phillips Phillips may not remind many of Usher, but he did that Atlanta native proud with a take on "U Got It Bad," remaining one of the season 11 favorites.

Jessica Sanchez, taking advantage of her second life on the show, also took on Keys, this time via the hit single "Fallin."

It was then back to Gaga for Skylar Laine, who made it very clear to the audience: folks, she was "Born This Way."

Joshua Ledet closed the first half of the evening with "I Believe," an appropriate choice for someone known as "Mantasia," wouldn't you say?

Seven performances down, seven to go. Which of the "Now" selections did you like best?

 

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The American Idol Top Seven performed songs from the last three years last night, and drew mostly praise from the three judges for their contemporary covers.

A couple of singers were still a bit underwhelming, though, making for what should be an interesting, unpredictable results show Thursday evening.

How did Skylar Laine, Colton Dixon, Jessica Sanchez, Joshua Ledet, Hollie Cavanagh, Phillip Phillips and Elise Testone do? Let's find out ...

Elise Testone has been a bottom three mainstay, but the judges are rooting for her after a rousing performance of Lady Gaga's "You and I."

How hard are they pulling for her?

"That was the perfect song for you," said Randy Jackson, who declared Elise "back" and urged voters to finally recognize her talent. So pretty hard.

Skylar Laine opened the show with Kellie Pickler's "Didn't You Know How Much I Loved You," earning praise for per perfect pitch throughout.

Randy said, "You're going to have a hit with a song like that."

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If you're lost, American Idol viewers, you can look and you will find Colton Dixon. Time after time.

If you fall, music fans, Colton Dixon will catch you. He will be waiting. Time after time.

This season 11 hopeful went all Cyndi Lauper on viewers last night, covering the classic "Time After Time" and mostly receiving praise from the judges. Jennifer Lopez said she "really liked it," while Dixon oddly enough admitted after the performance that he took his cues from a remake of the single by Quiet Drive, only changing up a couple notes here and there.

Where does Colton stack up compared to other remaining men, such as Joshua Ledet and Phillip Phillips? Judge for yourself now:

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Colton Dixon took a bit of the life out of Lifehouse last night.

The American Idol finalist took to the stage and performed a version of "Everything," trying his best to milk emotion from the ballad (and even shedding a few tears after it was over), but really just coming across as - dare we say it? - boring overall.

There were no major moments and nothing that really stood out from the audition, as evidenced by the judges restrained comments: Steven Tyler just said it was great; J.Lo said it was emotional; and Randy said Colton has "believability."

We grant the guy that. We do believe he exists. We just wish he had gone in a different direction in this case...

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American Idol may have come into sharper focus on the men's side last night, as two competitors stood out from all else on a night that honored Billy Joel.

There was Phillip Phillips, who stuck to what he does best in strumming his guitar along to a stripped down version of "Moving On."

Then there was Colton Dixon, who showed no fear in tackling what is likely Joel's most beloved single, "Piano Man." This finalist sat down himself at the title instrument and earned "goosies" from Jennifer Lopez, along with praise from Randy regarding how the performance was the most "sensitive, touching, moving" of the night.

It's hard to argue with that assessment, isn't it?

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With the American Idol top 10 taking the stage again tonight, and with this shaping up to be one of the more hotly-contested seasons to date, it's time for the first THG Power Poll of the season.

Who do you see as the favorite right now?

American Idol Top 10

10. Deandre Brackensick: Would have been our choice to leave after last week's debacle. He can hit the high notes... and that's about it.

9. Heejun Han: Love the personality, don't see anything on stage that makes him standout above the rest. It's solid and nothing more or less.

8. Elise Testone: Might suffer some likability issues. Did you notice her NOT applauding for Erika last week? Or not hugging Skylar? Yes, we're forced to nitpick when the talent is this even. We did love her version of "Let's Stay Together."

7. Joshua Ledet: We expect plenty of disagreement here. It's not a question of his voice, just of his theatrics. Ledet's "When a Man Loves a Woman" may have been the single best of any contestant this season, but we can see his act growing old.

6. Skylar Laine: She has the energy and the attitude, that's for sure. She also has the identity: a rocking country chick. She just lacks the range.

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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!

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