Tennessee native Colton Dixon, 20, got the boot on American Idol tonight. It was his first — and last — time in the bottom three.
Dixon fell to his knees and bid farewell with a spiritual rendition of “Everything” by Lifehouse. Before the results were announced, he tweeted:
Romans 12:1-2 Do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds.
— Colton Dixon (@coltondixon) April 19, 2012
Many fans showed their appreciation of his faith testimony on Twitter tonight:
Colton Dixon sings his swan song w/depth & emotion. He handles himself with class & professionalism. It's just the beginning for him. #idol
— ♫ Menox ♫ (@MenoxMusic) April 20, 2012
@CDixonAI11 Colton I'm proud of you for following your convictions & singing that Lifehouse song.I know God has great things ahead for you
— MaxPatch (@KurMudGin) April 20, 2012
@DixonTeam Colton, you have seriously touched my heart. I love your christian roots and that in itself has made me a better person. Continue
— Cdixon News (@Cdixonfan) April 20, 2012
I don't understand why the producers got mad when Colton sang Christian but LMFAO can get on stage and be disgusting.
— BeyoncÁvery (@averyylizabethh) April 20, 2012
Colton did a christian song for his last one . ♥ respect .
— ☽ ☾ (@shayluuv) April 20, 2012
How much do we want to bet that Colton was kicked off because he wouldn't "tone down" his "overtly Christian references"? #proudchristian
— Shelby (@shelbabers) April 20, 2012
Former Idol and X Factor contestants also sent their praise and condolences:
Tonight's #Idol result is going to make me cry
— Pia Toscano (@PiaToscano) April 20, 2012
Colton is going to be amazing the rest of his life, he's an amazing musician, ad he loves Jesus! He is perfect!
— Drew Ryniewicz (@drewryniewicz) April 20, 2012
Colton gone on Idol tonight?!?! What?!?! Really thought I'd see him in the finale…'tis a sad night, indeed.
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) April 20, 2012
I cannot believe the results tonight. Anyone else shocked? That completely blindsided me. #idol
— Erika Van Pelt (@ErikaVanPelt) April 20, 2012
But not all of his fans were so gracious. Immediately after the show, “WTF America” was trending in reaction to the news:
WTF AMERICA COLTON DESERVED TO STAY !#idol
— Anna (@NvrSayNvrToICON) April 20, 2012
everyone trending WTF America should have voted for Colton, then we wouldn't be tweeting this right now. #ivoted
— PhillySteph (@PhillySteph41) April 20, 2012
— Minnie (@MySimple_Life) April 20, 2012
WTF America colton will be like daughtry, he got eliminated but i'm sure there is something out for him! 😁☺😁
— dan_unleash (@dan_unleash) April 20, 2012
Two weeks ago, DeAndre. Next, Jessica — earned the lowest number of votes (saved). Now, Colton Dixon? No wonder 'WTF America' is trending.
— Louis Estrada (@TheLouisEstrada) April 20, 2012
"WTF America" & "Colton" is trending Worldwide..this was a mistake. 🙁
— Nick (@Niickk_13) April 20, 2012
At least there were no hysterical Twitter cries of “racism” this week.