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MURFREESBORO — Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from “American Idol,” Colton Dixon is on his way to New York. While his time on the show has come to a close, he is on to the next steps of promoting his career.
On Friday, the 20-year-old Murfreesboro native spent time with the media doing interviews, then he was off to the East Coast for an appearance on “Live with Kelly” Monday morning.
“I should be home later next week. I can’t wait. I’m super excited to be home,” Dixon said.
Although he has not had any meetings about record deals, he isn’t concerned.
“I’ll do one myself. I want to do one that bad,” he said.
Of course, Dixon is already signed on to the “American Idol” tour this summer from July to September.
Things definitely looked brighter in the morning, but Thursday night, Dixon was startled by his elimination.
“I knew I was going to be in the bottom three,” Dixon said. “I deserved to be.”
Dixon watched his performance along with those of his fellow contestants. He felt he was not as good, so he expected to be lower in the voting, but he never expected to go home.
“Once I heard I was eliminated, I just took a breath. My final song (“Everything” by Lifehouse) was totally a worship moment, totally a connection between me and God,” he said.
In between other obligations, Dixon took some time to answer reader-submitted questions from The Daily News Journal readers and DNJ.com Facebook friends.
Is there anything between you and (fellow Idol contestant) Skylar Laine?
Dixon: (Laughs) I get that all the time. No, I don’t have anything with Skylar. We are just friends, but I can talk to her about anything. That’s how close the Idol family gets. It’s funny though, when I got eliminated, she said, “Well, I guess we are not dating anymore. I guess we have to break up.”
Was it hard to keep your Christian faith being in Hollywood and getting so much attention?
Dixon: There were times I was so busy, but I always made a point to take time because I knew if I strayed, I would be lost. On stage was my time to be a reflection of God.