American Idol 2012: Colton Dixon Rocks Cyndi Lauper (VIDEO)

Despite my prediction that he cannot possibly win American Idol 2012, I still consider cute, Christian punk, poetic soul Colton Dixon as my personal favorite on the show this year. Maybe I just have a soft spot for multi-colored, spiky hair. Or maybe I am just infatuated with emo boys with pretty voices. I did watch all the Twilight movies so far and did not set the screen on fire while I was doing it…


Anyway, I digress. Tonight on American Idol 2012, my favorite boy Colton Dixon was faced with the task of choosing a song from the 80’s to rock out and impress the judges and the voters with his vocal prowess. Colton Dixon could have probably picked any number of songs from this decade that would suit his voice and style, but I was rather pleased he decided to go with Cyndi Lauper‘s “Time After Time.”

I always like it when one of my favorite American Idol contestants picks out one of my favorite songs. Then I have to sit there and worry about whether they are going to butcher it and make me mad for liking them.

Thankfully, Colton Dixon not only did not wreck the Cyndi Lauper song on American Idol Wednesday night, he actually rocked it out quite fabulously. Dixon pumped up the volume on the song, giving it a bit of a punk edge and making it his own. I felt it was one of his best performances in recent weeks and I’m even more annoyed now that I don’t think he stands a chance against Jessica Sanchez and Phillip Phillips, even though I am a much bigger fan of Colton than either of them.

The American Idol 2012 judges were also quite taken with Colton Dixon’s Cyndi Lauper song performance. Steven Tyler gushed over Dixon with a dreamy expression, telling him he “could do a record right now.” Jennifer Lopez praised Dixon for being in sync with the band and said she “felt so many different things as I was watching that.” My favorite comment on Dixon’s performance came from Randy Jackson, who said “that breakdown with the half-time things with the drums was sick, dude.” Hell to the yeah!

Colton Dixon also pulled a lovely performance in his duet with Skylar Laine on the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton song “Islands in the Stream.” While I don’t really like the song that much, and I would have preferred to see Dixon do something either more emotive or more rocker, it was still a nice duet and garnered a lot of praise from the judges.

I think we can hopefully call that a winning night for Colton Dixon and rest assured we’ll be seeing him again next week!

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