Journalists, politicians, celebrities and star gazers gathered in Washington Saturday for the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner.
CBN's special guest for the event was Christian singer/songwriter and former "American Idol" contestant Colton Dixon.
**Watch CBN News' exclusive interview with Dixon.
Dixon, 20, caught the attention of CBN News Director Rob Allman when he ignored producer's suggestions to soft peddle his faith on the show.
"I think it was pretty clear from the beginning where Colton's heart is," CBN News Director Rob Allman said. "His heart is in Christianity and his strong feeling for God. 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."
Since leaving the show, Dixon has been on a whirlwind media tour.
"I wear my faith on my sleeve so hopefully just by talking to whoever I get to talk to they can see that," Dixon told said before Saturday's event.
"But just being able to share my faith on 'American Idol' in front of 20 million people was crazy -- a total blessing, you know," he said. "I can't believe God used me in that way and I'm excited to see how he uses me tonight."
Dixon said he was just a "normal kid" three months ago, adding that it was "unbelievable" to be attending the White House Correspondents' Dinner.
Colton is currently making plans for an album that will be released this year. He will also perform on the "American Idols Live 2012" tour this summer.