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Mandisa talks about tonight’s ousted “American Idol” constestant

Mandisa has some comforting news for just-ousted “American Idol” contestant Colton Dixon.

“I came in ninth on ‘Idol’ and I hear [Colton] wants to do Christian music. I think that [getting voted off] was the best thing that could have happened to him and I think we’ll be seeing him here next year.”

A disappearing-by-the-minute ‘Disa looked fierce in a Stevie Nicks-styled black lace dress and ankle boots and said she’s “dying” to work with Atlanta rapper Lecrae. She’ll also start working on her next record “in a couple of months,” likely after she wraps the “Girls Night Out” tour she’s currently on with Atlanta singer Laura Story.

During the Doves, Mandisa performed her song “Stronger” (no, not the Kelly Clarkson tune) as part of a special “American Idol” Christian Singers segment that featured Danny Gokey and Phil Stacey singing “Lean on Me” and an appearance by Ruben Studdard (the press room keepers turned the sound off on the monitors, so couldn’t hear what he sang).

Mandisa also told the press corps that while she was saddened by the death of one of her idols, Whitney Houston, she believes with all her heart “that Whitney loved Jesus and I’m looking forward to seeing her when I get back home.”

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[...] [My colleague Melissa Ruggieri caught Mandisa, who finished ninth season five, at the Dove Awards at the Fabulous Fox Theatre. Read the kind words Mandisa has to say about Colton.] [...]