‘Idol’ Finalist Told to Downplay His Christianity


What do Scott McCreery, Kriss Allen, Jordin Sparks and Ruben Studdard have in common? All are past or present Christian musical artists. And all are past winners of “American Idol.”

 That’s why it doesn’t make sense that the producers of the popular FOX  television show, now in its 12 season, have warned Colton Dixon, one of this year’s “Idol” finalists, that he needs to keep his devout Christian faith on the down low.

“When we first started the Twitter and Facebook stuff,”Colton told Today.com, “they said beware of political or religious tweets. Just because it can turn off voters or whatever.”

In fact, ixonhas encountered some haters on Twitter. Like the twit who tweeted that the 20-year-old Christian rocker from Mufreesboro,Tenn. “can’t Tebow his way to a win.”

But the anti-Christian element obviously makes up a decided minority of the “Idol” voting audience. Otherwise, it is unlikely such overtly Christian “Idol” contestants as McCreery, Allen, Sparks and Studdard would have been crowned winners of their respective seasons.

Whatever the case may be, Dixon refuses to hide his devotion to Christ, no matter the warning of “Idol” producers.

He continues to pray before every performance on the show. And that includes his recent, memorable performance of White Lion’s “Broken Heart,” during which he wore a bracelet quoting Jeremiah 29:11 (“I know the plans I have for you… to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future”).

“Being a Christian is who I am,” said Dixon. “It is part of me musically. It is what I want to do after the show – go into Christian music.”

It remains to be seen how the promising young musical artist finishes among “Idol’s” 10 remaining finalists. But by standing up for his faith, he’s already proven himself a winner.

This entry was published on March 17, 2012 at 6:45 AM. It’s filed under Popular Culture and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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