Colton Dixon Proves Talent Alone Won't Win American Idol 1Colton Dixon certainly has talent, but that wasn’t enough to save him on “American Idol” last night. Did his cockiness and nonchalant attitude do him in? This late in the contest, probably.

Dixon proves the rule that the singing show morphs into a popularity contest in the later rounds as the talent just about equals itself out.

With fans calling the shots, they tend to be swayed by on-stage charisma and, yes, even humbleness, something that Colton was short on. He blew off the judges comments Wednesday with a smug: “Honestly, I’m not trying to sound cocky, but I don’t care.”

Big mistake. Colton has been strong all season and was an early favorite to win. But after that, fans of the show had no qualms about voting for someone else, even though this was his first trip to the danger zone.

He also didn’t help himself with lackluster performances of Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Earth Wind and Fire’s “September” on Wednesday’s old and new tunes show.

Colton’s fans may also have become complacent, since he cruised through the season until last night and had the most Twitter followers.

Hollie Cavanagh must have breathed a big sigh of relief. The judges seemed to be setting her up for an early departure after Jimmy Iovine dissed her last week. He called her “contrived” and “stiff.”

Cavanagh gave credible performances of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” and Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man.” so she has her fans. Memba? Last week she was safe. Not so this week.

Elise Testone returned to bottom three for the second week in a row, joining Cavanagh and Colton. The 28-year-old rocker from Charleston, S.C., was out of her element with Alicia Keys’ “No One” and Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On,”

Jessica Sanchez was back in the safe column after she was voted off last week–and saved by the judges. Do you think they wish they would have been able to save Colton instead? Also, how much of last week was staged for the drama?

It was quite a turnaround for her, not that she doesn’t deserve it. Jessica has one of the best voices on the show and is poised on stage; she may only be lacking the necessary pop idol presence to win the competition.

Ironically, the contestants you hear the least about, such as Phillip Phillips, may ultimately emerge victorious. He seems the most likely to draw Colton’s fans.

Skylar Laine is also another quiet dark horse. The 18-year-old country rocker from Brandon, Miss., and gospel singer Joshua Ledet of Westlake, La., have got to be the emerging favorites.