Colton Dixon a CBN Guest at White House Dinner

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"American Idol" star Colton Dixon will attend the annual White House Correspondent's Dinner, just six days after his shocking elimination from the popular singing show.

Dixon, who is a Christian, will be attending the dinner as a special guest of the Christian Broadcasting Network.

The 20-year-old Tennessee native's strong faith remained a consistent theme for the entire time he was on American Idol. 

"I think it was pretty clear from the beginning where Colton's heart is," CBN News director Rob Allman told

"His heart is in Christianity and his strong feeling for God," he said. "As soon as he was voted off, I sent an email saying we should try to get Colton to be our guest if he would."

Allman said he followed Dixon's "Idol" journey and was impressed when the singer chose to ignore producer's suggestions to refrain from expressing his spirituality on the show.

"When we first started the Twitter and Facebook stuff, they said beware of political and religious tweets," Dixon told last month. "Just because it can turn off voters or whatever."

"But, you know, being a Christian is who I am. It is a part of me musically. It is what I want to do after the show - go into Christian music," he added.

During his time on Idol, Dixon was nearly in tears after his rendition of the song "Everything" by the rock band Lifehouse. 

He ended the performance on his knees. The performance moved judges, especially Jennifer Lopez.

Dixon performed the song again during his elimination last week.

The Christian singer blames his Lady Gaga song choice for his getting voted off the show. He said he wasn't being true to himself, and the lyrics probably alienated Christians who had been voting for him.

"Everything happens for a reason and God's got a plan, so I'm just going to trust it and go along with it," he said.

Dixon said he wants his singing career to be a ministry of sharing his faith, but hopes to appeal to both secular and Christian audiences like the band "Switchfoot."

A big tradition for the White House dinner is for media outlets to draw celebrities and administration officials to their tables. As a guest, Dixon will get to rub shoulders with some of the biggest celebrities in the world.

George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and Lindsay Lohan are expected to attend this year. Previous guests at the star-studded event have included Donald Trump, Justin Bieber, and past "Idol" hopefuls Katharine McPhee, Chris Sligh, and Mandisa.

This year's dinner will be held Saturday, April 28. The purpose of the dinner is to honor White House correspondents in a relaxed atmosphere.

Organizers said that this year some 2,700 people are expected at the Washington Hilton for the event, which has sold out for the 20th year in a row.

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel is the headliner and President Obama will again deliver a monologue.

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