'American Idol' Recap: Colton Dixon Sent Packing in Major Upset
'American Idol' Recap: Colton Dixon Sent Packing in Major Upset

Two weeks, two "Idol" contestants unexpectedly facing elimination. Unfortunately for Colton Dixon, he had the misfortune of earning the distinction the week after the judges' one and only save was used, thereby becoming no more than the seventh-place finisher of season eleven.

How did this happen? How did a contestant with what appeared to be a dedicated following, rare judge criticism and no time spent in the bottom three get sent packing? If there's anything this season has taught us, especially at this stage in the competition, it's that no one is safe. Except maybe Phillip Phillips.

Though, at least Jessica Sanchez's surprising near-elimination last week had a better theories to back up its reasoning: either that audiences didn't connect with Jessica's mature-for-her-age song choices (something Jimmy Iovine touched on last night), or that too much praise can be a turn off for voters. With Colton, who can guess? He had two subpar performances Wednesday night, but he's been less than stellar in the past, with little consequence.

Perhaps we've finally gotten to the point in the season where one minor slip up can cost you the season, no matter who you are and how great your hair looks. Seriously, first DeAndre's hair, now Colton's. What's left? This is troubling.

Either way, one couldn't help but feel like justice had been served when Colton's name was announced, following a comment he made after his performance the previous night that had not been aired until then. "Honestly, I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I don't care," he said backstage following the judges' less-than-positive critique. He apologized later, saying that he wasn't himself, but of course, the damage had already been done.

Joining Colton in the bottom three were two singers you'd pretty much expect to be there: Hollie Cavanagh and Elise Testone. More surprising was that, of the three, it was Elise who was given good news first. I for one am glad, because perhaps she can take the advice Jimmy gave her (more rock 'n' roll!), put it to use and mount a real charge. In Hollie's case... well, as I said, if you're not going to sing Adele with the right amount of emotion, people aren't going to get it no matter how good the vocal is.

Along the way, we were visited by two "Idol" alums, both of whom won their respective seasons and then vanished from the face of the earth. Taylor Hicks, who was given a prime seat about halfway into the audience, announced that he'll be playing in Las Vegas this summer. Kris Allen appeared to perform "The Vision of Love" from his upcoming record "Thank You Camellia," and sounded quite good. Is the world ready for a Kris Allen comeback? Perhaps as ready as I am for one of those spinning platform things Allen and his piano were on.

Oh, and LMFAO were on to apologize for party rocking with a song about party rocking. There were zebras involved. The whole thing was mildly troubling.

A surprise elimination this week -- what did you think? Did Colton deserve to go home? Did you expect him to go out this early even if he had his bad weeks? Who shall now reign over "Idol" season eleven as the new hair king/queen? Sound off in the comments!

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