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American Idol 2012 results April 19: Colton Dixon kicked off; Kris Allen, Taylor Hicks appear

Not all '70s dance tunes translate into piano ballads.

Ousted "American Idol" hopeful Colton Dixon learned the harsh lesson this week. His mopey take on "September" by Earth, Wind & Fire was likely a major factor in his "Idol" elimination.

This was Colton's first trip to the bottom three, where Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanagh joined him this week.

With Colton gone, six singers remain in the competition: Skylar Laine, Elise Testone, Hollie Cavanagh, Joshua Ledet, Phillip Phillips and Jessica Sanchez.

Weigh in: Did the right singer go home?

I've never been Colton's biggest fan, but I'm surprised he was eliminated this quickly. Still, while he was more consistent than some performers -- Elise, I'm looking at you -- Colton struggled with his musical identity to some extent.

Sometimes he was emo. Sometimes he was hard rock. Sometimes he was punk rock. That confused me, and his two shaky performances on Wednesday ("September" and "Bad Romance") didn't help his situation.

Upon learning he'd been eliminated, Colton thanked the judges for their criticism this week and noted, "I'll take that when I'm making a record." (His earlier assertion that he didn't care about the judges' feedback probably didn't bolster his likeability, however.)

Thursday's results show included appearances by two "where have they been?" winners: "Idol" champs Kris Allen and Taylor Hicks. Kris Allen sang his new single, "The Vision of Love," while Taylor Hicks merely served as a cautionary tale for this year's winner.

We also got a performance from LMFAO. Yes, they're still sorry for party rocking.