How Colton Dixon feels 'connected' to Pinoys

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 01 2013 04:49 PM | Updated as of Feb 02 2013 12:49 AM

'Idol' finalist gears up for PH concert with Jessica Sanchez

LOS ANGELES, California --  "American Idol" contestant Colton Dixon is busy rehearsing for his upcoming Valentine concert with Jessica Sanchez in the Philippines.

 Colton Dixon. Reuters

"Mabuhay, everyone in the Philippines. I just want to invite you out to the Big Dome, February 14, with Jessica Sanchez. We're going to have a party. Come and have a great Valentine's Day with us,” Dixon said in an exclusive interview with ABS-CBN News.

Dixon enjoyed his first visit to Manila last September, when “Idol” finalists staged a concert at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

Sharing his experience during his first stay in the Philippines, Dixon said, "I definitely did not try the balut. I tried puto bumbong. Did I get that right?"

Sanchez and Colton were standout “Idol” talents last season and both got recording contracts after the show.

Dixon's recently released debut album, "A Messenger," contains inspirational songs. His single “You Are” is already a hit.

Apart from music, the singer said he feels connected to his Filipino fans because many of them share his Christian beliefs.

"At a mall appearance for the ‘Idol’ tour, so many of the fans that we met, I was able to connect to them on that level. It's really an encouragement to me because I didn't know what to expect going to a foreign country. It was awesome to see that the Word is really working there, that He is alive there,” he said.

Despite his hectic schedule, Dixon finds time to watch the current season of “Idol” especially because his sister Schyler made it to Hollywood week. He said he could see the changes in the popular reality show this year.

"I'm very glad I had Jennifer (Lopez), Steven (Tyler) and Randy (Jackson) as my judges. Nicki Minaj intimidates me still, as she does so many people still. I don't know, it's just a different chemistry going on,” he said.