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Idol Contestant Says "God Use Me" Despite Warnings

The Tim Tebow of pop stars? Newsbusters has the full story and vid:

As NewsBusters reported last Friday, the producers of the hit show American Idol warned contestant Colton Dixon to tone down his overtly Christian references if he wanted to win the competition.

Dixon clearly didn't heed their advice, for after his incredible performance of Billy Joel's "Piano Man" Wednesday, he told host Ryan Seacrest, "I’ve been praying before this whole thing because tonight was a big moment for me, and I was just collecting myself and saying, 'God, use me.' I want Him to shine through first and foremost." (Video follows with commentary.)

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Gail Finke said...

I'm not surprised they told him that and it's not necessarily an evil plot. They obviously told Adam Lambert to cut down on the Gay Glam thing if he waned to go far on the show, and he did. As soon as the tour was over he was back at it -- disgustingly so, IMHO -- but during the show he was far more mainstream and so a lot of people who would not like simulating sex acts on stage, etc., voted for him.

The whole point of the show is to teach talented singers how to become top recording stars. I assume they have to cut down on anything that would skew their appeal one way or the other. A lot of the contestants have been very devout Christians of one sort or another, and that is one thing that's nice about the show. They do show that the entertainment business isn't TOTALLY decadent, while at the same time they don't pretend that it's not partly (maybe even mostly) decadent.

If Lady Gaga had talked to my 17-year-old son the way she talked to last year's winner, for instance, I would have socked her in the jaw. I don't care who she is, that is not acceptable, and they broadcast it! But they broadcast him beging kind of bemused by her weirdness, and in a way that's good too, and very different from the way Lady Gaga is normally treated -- as some sort of mad genius instead of as a very talented young woman who (I think) is already cynically used by others and cynically uses herself and her fans for money at any price.

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