Almost making the Top 24 in season 10, as Colton Dixon did, must have been so disappointing for the blond-haired, blue-eyed singer. You can't blame the guy, then, for his decision to just tag along with his sister Schyler to the season 11 auditions in Savannah, Ga., rather than try out again himself. As soon as the judges spotted him, however, they were having none of it. When they finally convinced him to sing, he performed an angsty rendition of David Cook's ''Permanent,'' earning him a spot next to his sister in Hollywood. When Colton was cut in front of the judges last season (sister Schyler met her end in Hollywood), the uproar was so loud, Ellen DeGeneres invited him to sing on her daytime talker. Will Colton and Schyler face disappointment once again? You'll have to tune in to find out.
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Persistence pays: Check out some of the singers -- Jordin Sparks, Pia Toscano, and Haley Reinhart among them -- who needed multiple tries before advancing deeper into the ''Idol'' competition