Second to perform on American Idol 2012 top 7 night was punk rock, spiky hair Colton Dixon with “Love The Way You Lie” by Skylar Grey. Guest mentor Akon told Skylar he needed to take himself beyond to the next level and Jimmy Iovine warned him not to jump to the chorus too quickly.


Colton always looks his most comfortable behind the piano and he was back there again on Wednesday night. He was also looking very spiffy. The judges ended up spending nearly as much time commenting on Colton Dixon‘s awesome jacket as they did on his performance. Both the jacket and the song received rave reviews.

“I love that jacket, you are such a rare talent, you could have recorded that right now that’s how good that is, you haven’t found your top yet, you are going to be so much better,” Steven Tyler said.

“The jacket is crazy, what I love is that Jimmy and Akon were right, this subtle performance you gave was stellar, it showed your sensitivity, the show is opening up to be one of the hottest shows [of the season],” Randy Jackson beamed. “You always pour yourself into all of these songs.”

Jennifer Lopez said Colton Dixon always surprises her “with your approach to the notes, you do it so signature to you. I love the way you sing. You’re able to take any song and make it your own. It’s the mark of a good artist.”

VOTE: Colton Dixon – “Love the Way You Lie” by Skylar Grey

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