Still riding high on his post-American Idol media circuit, Colton Dixon stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show this morning to talk Idol elimination and to perform.

Some may remember seeing Colton on Ellen last year after not making the cut on Season 10 of the show. “I couldn’t believe that they didn’t put you through to the live show,” said Ellen of his audition last year.

As for his elimination last week, Ellen acknowledged the collective shock that ensued when he got the boot. But the faux-hawked singer said he’s come to terms with the surprise decision. “I’d much rather go out having America shocked than America be like, ‘eh, it was his time’,” Colton told the host.

His sister, Schyler, was in the audience to support her talented bro, but wouldn’t confirm whether she’d be auditioning for Season 12. Colton closed out his appearance with a performance of Billy Joel’s “Piano Man,” a song that got him rave reviews from the Idol judges and even the Piano Man himself!

Enjoy the full clip below.

Credit: The Ellen Degeneres Show via YouTube Photo: Colton Dixon Visits The Ellen DeGeneres Show

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