The 20-year-old Dixon, from Tennessee, blamed
his demise on Bad Romance
, the song. On Wednesday night, when each of the 7 remaining performers sang two songs, the first Dixon sang was Lady Gaga's Bad Romance
. He struggled hitting notes and did not seem comfortable and the panelist were upfront about saying he'd made a poor song choice.
American Idol judges: 53 million phone-in votes
As the final results showed,the real judges, Americans who phone in and vote for their favorite singer - host Ryan Seacreast said 53 million voted this week - clearly felt that, combined with Dixon's lukewarm rendition of the Earth, Wind and Fire song, September
, the night hadn't belonged to him. They gave him the smallest vote total.
"The head is still high," Dixon told Didi Benami, the former American Idol contestant (2009) and current Hollywood Reporter corespondent. "I strayed too far from who I was. I knew I was going to be in the bottom three. I turned off a lot of my audience by choosing Lady Gaga."
Testone and Cavanagh; still on 'American Idol'
Some fans likely thought either Hollie Cavanagh or Elise Testone, in the bottom three with Dixon, would go;
Testone because she did not perform well the previous night, and Cavanagh because, despite a great show on Wednesday, she has often been in the bottom three and it is expected that she'll eventually lose.
But Testone was given that first "you're safe" by Seacrest and sent back to the couches with the other Idol contestants who'd gone through to next week earlier. Then the lights were dimmed and a nervous Cavanagh was given her reprieve and Dixon his fate. Dixon's response was to thank the judges and note that he'd learnt a valuable lesson about song selection.
He alluded to his intention to put out an album.