Colton Dixon needed assurance 'God's still in this' during 'American Idol' days
Former "American Idol" contestant Colton Dixon revealed that his Christian faith sustained him while he was on the hit programme in a recent interview.
Dixon appeared on the show's eleventh season, and was one of the most popular contestants, making it to the finals. He shared that behind closed doors, however, he was incredibly lonely.
"I remember being on 'American Idol' and feeling so disconnected and so alone," he told FOX411. " I hadn't talked to my family or my friends in what seemed like weeks because you're so busy doing other things and just kind of had to had that reassuring moment, like okay, I know God's still in this.
"[I] just needed to know I was doing the right thing, and after being encouraged and reassured of that, I was good to go."
The 22-year-old said that his relationship with God goes back to his childhood.
"I grew up in a Christian home, so it's been a part of my life for quite a long time," the singer explained. "I decided to become a Christian when I was seven, so I was a young one, but man I haven't turned back. It's just been such a part of who I am and my music and what I want to do."
Dixon, who recently released his sophomore album, "Anchor," said that living up to a higher standard influences his choice of projects.
"It's really just about making sure every opportunity is lined up with that you want to do," he stated. "And there's even some opportunities that don't go against my moral system, that I don't think is adding to what's going on, so I won't necessarily do them."
The Christian rock singer recognises that there is a responsibility that comes with his large fan base.
"I mean, God says that we're going to be held to a higher standard especially those up on a stage so that's something to be expected," he explained. "It does make it difficult sometimes, I mean I'm not perfect by any means. I'm human and I'm going to make mistakes.
"It can be hard when I do slip up...you're only being criticised instead of being lifted up. Especially lately, it feels like Christians have really gotten the wrong end of the stick...we're all going to make mistakes and that doesn't put us on a pedestal more than anybody else."