American Idol Contestant Colton Dixon. CR: Nino Munoz / FOX
Below is Colton Dixon’s biography which includes information on his life, family and the time he spent on American Idol with many photos that make up a nice gallery for his fans.
Michael Colton Dixon was born on October 19th of 1991 to Teresa and Michael Dixon in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. He had never actually intended to audition for the 11th season of American Idol, however he went to the Savannah,Georgia auditions to support his younger sister, Schyler. The judges insisted that Schyler bring him in and that he auditions as well, he performed “Permanent” by David Cook.
Schyler and Colton Dixon interview in Savannah, Georgia before their audition
Both Colton and his younger sister received golden tickets at the audition, but unfortunately Schyler was eliminated in the Vegas Round while Colton made it through to the top 24. The previous year, during season 10, both Colton and his sister auditioned for American Idol but they were eliminated before the final 24. After his elimination though he was invited to perform on the Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Colton Dixon was born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and graduated from Middle Tennessee Christian School back in 2010. He is a singer but can also play the piano and keytar. He performs Alternative Rock music and other similar genres.
Colton Dixon and his sister Schyler
Unlike Season 10, Colton Dixon advanced well above the top 24. After performing “Decode” by Paramore, Dixon advanced into the higher rounds. This performance would be followed by “Lately” by Stevie Wonder, “Broken Heart” by White Lion and “Piano Man” by Billie Joel where he was consistently safe throughout the rounds’ voting.
Colton Dixon with Sister Schyler and Cousin Amber
Perhaps one of Colton Dixon’s greatest performances was when he did his personal idol’s solo, “Everything” by Lifehouse where he came in at first place for votes and advanced on yet again. All throughout the competition, Colton was considered to be a favorite and along with Jessica Sanchez, a likely winner of the 11th season competition. However, on April 19th, Colton would be eliminated in what many considered to be one of the most shocking eliminations in American Idol history.
Colton Dixon has a large and dedicated fan base, and he himself maintained very good ratings throughout the competition. Up until his elimination, Colton stayed out of the bottom 3 in every single round only to be shockingly eliminated.
Notwithstanding his elimination, Colton Dixon has won the opportunity to tour with the rest of the top contestants during the Season 11 summer tour. His career is also far from over as he has and will continue to draw large crowds and amazing fan bases no matter where he goes.
- Colton and Schyler
While not exactly the way to win the American Idol contest, like many others who have failed to make that top position over the years, it is expected that Colton Dixon will pick up a contract regardless. He is considered by many to be an excellent artist who is deserving of greater opportunities in life. He has and as long as he continues to work hard and push to become the best artist he can, there will be a very bright future in store for Colton.
Furthermore, his younger sister, Schyler, while not making it far in the competition, has gone further than most, two seasons in a row. You can probably expect to see her again during Season 12 if she doesn’t simply ride her bigger brother’s coattails into the music business. Time will only tell, but one can say that the two are none the less musically talented and have a very bright future ahead of them. Schyler and Colton have been supporting each other through the time they spent in the competition. After she was eliminated and while Colton moved to the live shows Schyler could be seen in the audience rooting for him.
Colton Dixon and Schyler Dixon Auditioning in Savannah, Georgia
Rumors of a romance with Skylar Laine
After the two performed together on the show there were many rumors about a the two being a couple however they both dismissed these rumors. Colton joked that he would not date a girl who carries a gun. He was referring to the fact that Skylar is a huntress. In a video that he shot at home earlier in the season he mentioned that there were deers around and joked about hiding them from Skylar.
Colton Dixon and Skylar Laine Country Duet
Shocking 7th place elimination
Colton Dixon was eliminated in 7th, the week after the judges saved Jessica Sanchez. His elimination came as a surprise to many who viewed him as a favorite since the top 24. He did have some ground breaking and piano-jumping performances however most people would agree that his rendition of Lady Gaga‘s “Bad Romance” was probably not going to get him any new fans neither did it secure the votes of his fan base. The previous week when Jessica was saved Colton was not even in the bottom three it can be argued that maybe his fans did not vote for him enough because they did not think he would be in danger. The single elimination on the second top 7 week differed from last season when two contestants were sent home the week after the judges’ save was used for Casey Abrams. This is due to the fact that Jermaine Jones was disqualified which left the competition with one less contestant which meant one bonus week for eliminations.
Colton’s elimination and the fact that he blamed it on his Lady Gaga song choice started some sort of feud between him and Lady Gaga’s monsters on Twitter where he had to explain his earlier comments about how he felt that he turned off some of his fans and did not stay true to himself by choosing that song. He simply added that he should have picked a song that represents better as an artist.
Colton Dixion and Philip Philips Goodbye Hug
After learning he was going home, Colton decided to go in style and stay true to himself by singing his favorite worship song, “Everything” by Lifehouse, and ending the performance on his knees at the edge of the stage.
Colton Dixon on his Knees singing Everything by Lifehouse
While Colton Dixon may not have won the 11th season of American Idol, he has made a definite name for himself, one that will stay with him for many, many years to come. You will still be able to catch him during the summer tour as it comes to a major city near you. Catch Colton Dixon along with the other top finalist during the traditional season summer tour. Who knows, maybe you will see him on a tour of his own in the next couple of years. Let’s wait and see what will become of Colton Dixon. Will he fade away from the minds of the many, or, will he remain in the top and keep pushing forward to become the artist that he truly believes that he can be.
Colton is also known for sporting his trademark mohawk, he even said on the show that his hair is his baby and that he was not going to cut it after designer Tommy Hilfiger dismissed it when giving him fashion advice. Mr Hilfiger however did credit Colton for having a clear sense of who he is fashion-wise.
Friendship with Heejun Han
During season 11, Colton Dixon seemed to have developed a close friendship with fellow contestant Heejun Han. Heejun who is very active on twitter posted a number of funny pictures of him and other contestants including many with Colton like the ones below.
Colton Dixon and Heejun Han scissors prank from Heejun's twitter
Colton Dixon and Heejun Han making funny faces for the camera. take from Heejun Han's twitter