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Colton Dixon: 'It's Weird Being Outside of the American Idol Bubble'

PARADE Modified: April 27, 2012 at 8:00 pm •  Published: April 25, 2012
was so glad I got to sing ["Everything" by Lifehouse] not once, but twice on the show. I think that made an impact and that encouraged fellow believers to take a stand for what they believe in and not be ashamed of it."

On who will take the American Idol title.

"In seasons past, I could clearly pick a winner, and I’m not just saying this because they’re all dear to me, but it’s anyone’s game, and I genuinely mean that. I think a lot of people were surprised by me leaving last week, but it goes to show you that no one’s safe. America has to vote for their favorites. There are a couple of people that stand out every week, but at the same time, there’s room for dark horses in this race. I’m just as curious as everyone else who’s going to take this thing home, because I honestly have no clue."

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On the judge who gave him the best advice.
"I think Randy has given the best. I love them all and they all bring something different, but Randy has really reached out and invested in me and I love seeing that. He told me never stray too far from who you are and always up your game. It’s not week to week now, but it might be song to song or album to album hopefully. So I’ll definitely take that and always remember that." has disabled the comments for this article.