'American Idol': Colton Dixon is 'totally confused' by the judges' critiques of 'September'
"You sound good but it was not exciting like we would have liked," Jackson says after Dixon turns the tune into a mournful piano ballad. Tyler says he wishes Dixon had picked a song that showed off his voice a little more.
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Dixon admits to Zap2it after the show that he doesn't completely agree with their statements. "The judges were a little rough, and honestly, I don't get it. I did the song the way I wanted to do it, I thought I did it well, and that was that. I was totally confused by what they were saying. I kind of understand it, but I'm not the guy to really show off vocally. I'm the guy who changes up a song and makes it my own."
That said, he'll absolutely incorporate their feedback into his next performance. "I'm a little confused, but I'll take it, I'll run with it. If I'm here next week, I'll try to choose another song that's a little more impressive vocally."
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Thankfully, his Gaga performance went over a lot better, and Dixon is proud of his arrangement. When he chose the song, he says he had two important pieces of criteria. "[I thought] first of all, it has to be a rock song, because I'm durn well gonna do a rock song this week. [Then] I was like, 'It needs to be out of the box and different,'" he explains. "I saw 'Bad Romance' and I thought of the melody and I'm like, 'I could totally metal the snot out of this.' So I took on the challenge, and I had so much fun with it."