It wasn’t easy seeing our favorite faux-hawked finalist get the axe last night on American Idol.

Colton Dixon discussed his post-Idol plans, his thoughts during elimination night, and his commitment to his faith during a media press conference earlier today. He talked at length about staying true to his identity throughout the competition and looking forward to the journey ahead.

Below, we’ve compiled the best Colton quotes for your reading pleasure:

His feelings about being eliminated: “I had a feeling I was in the bottom three, so that didn't surprise me so much, especially after I was standing next to Jessica and Phillip. That was kind of a giveaway to me... Honestly it all happened so fast, and since I’d never been in the bottom I didn't fully understand what was going on. Even this morning when I woke up, I was thinking, ‘Okay, well you need to get ready for the mentor session,’ and I’m like, ‘Oh wait, that wasn’t a bad dream last night.’ It's weird being on the other side of things and outside of the Idol bubble, but again I’m excited for what’s coming up.”

On the type of music he wants to make: “I definitely want to do Christian music. I hope that I get to, but right now i’m going to write as much as i can and see what comes out.”

Who does he think will be in the Idol finale? “It’s anyone’s game, and I genuinely mean that...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.”

Would the judges have used their save on him? “I think I was pretty consistent up until this week, so I would hope they would. But at the same time I’m really glad they used it on Jessica. She totally deserves it, and she’s going to do great things. I would like to think that they would, but I guess we'll never know.”

Regarding his onstage apology last night after elimination: “First of all, seeing the way I came across on camera after going back stage after ‘September,’ I was kinda disappointed... with TV editing... that’s definitely not who I am. Especially with song choice, I’ve taken pride in knowing who I am and really taking a stance in my faith. I think by choosing ‘Bad Romance’ I turned off a lot of those voters, which are my core voters. It was an apology for both of those things.”

On supportive tweets from Idol alum Carrie Underwood: “She’s done so well since American Idol and I love that she doesn't shy away from her faith either. It’s nice to see someone doing what I want to do away from the show give me good encouragement.”

About singing religious-themed songs like Lifehouse’s “Everything” on Idol: “I’m a Christian and I’m not going to shy away from it. 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 what his dream theme week would be: “This has never been done on the show, and it probably won't because not everyone is a writer, but I think it would be awesome if a theme week one week would be to write a song completely from scratch and play it... I love to write, and it would be cool to sit in a room with different co-writers based on each artist.”

Responding to Chris Daughtry’s comment that getting booted from Idol was better for his career and let him hold on to his rock image: “I’m not sure I completely agree with that. Winning provides many, many, many opportunities that me and five of the people aren't going to get to experience. I understand what Chris is saying. At the same time, it would have been nice to win. By not winning, I think I’m more flexible with what I can and can’t do.”

The best advice he received during Idol? “Always stay true to yourself, no matter who’s in your ear trying to tell you to do this, that or the other.”


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