'American Idol' Fresh Out Of Saves For Colton Dixon

Seeming front-runner shockingly voted off the show, joined in the bottom three by Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh.

"Bad Romance" turned out just plain bad for Colton Dixon on Thursday (April 19), as the 20-year-old Tennessean — who had never before landed in the bottom three — was voted off "American Idol."

Dixon found himself at the bottom of the 53 million votes cast following Wednesday's performance episode. Dixon, the Mohawk-mullet-wearing emo-rocker who entered "Idol" initially only as a show of moral support for his sister, performed a goth-lite version of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" on Wednesday's show, as well as an emo reading of Earth, Wind & Fire's "September."

When given the news he had been voted off — and would indeed be going home, since the judges used their one-and-only save for the season last week to rescue Jessica Sanchez from oblivion — Dixon said sorry to his fans.

"I need to apologize. I wasn't myself last night, and I get it," he said, turning to the judges. "I appreciate what you told me last night. I'll take that when I'm making a record, and I'll choose songs ... "

He was cut off by Jennifer Lopez, who told him, "You'll make many records," and Randy Jackson, who offered, "You have a huge career ahead of you, man."

Dixon had received generally favorable remarks from the judges throughout the season but was dinged for his performances Wednesday, in particular for the Earth, Wind & Fire tune. In a video that aired Thursday (April 19) that caught him backstage, Dixon reacted to the criticism.

"Ouch, that kind of stung a little bit," he said. "But honestly, I'm not trying to sound cocky, but I don't care."

Dixon was in the bottom three along with Hollie Cavanagh and perpetual bottom-dweller Elise Testone. Testone was sent back to safety first, leaving Dixon and Cavanagh to sweat it out.

Host Ryan Seacrest was up to even more tricks than usual when handing contestants their fate Thursday; at one point he told Joshua Ledet, "I'm afraid ... you didn't get the right number of votes ... to put you in the bottom three. You are safe!" (C'mon, Seacrest, that barely even makes sense.)

Regarding Ledet, "Idol" mentor Jimmy Iovine remarked, "He could end up in the finale."

In a video package, Seacrest paid tribute to his mentor Dick Clark, who died Wednesday at age 82.

The evening also saw performances from Kris Allen, who sang his new song "The Vision of Love," and party rockers LMFAO, who apologized for their party-rocking ways with a typically raucous rendition of "Sorry for Party Rocking."

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