Tim Urban is "Teflon Tim" no longer, as the "American Idol" hopeful was eliminated during Wednesday night's star-studded, "Idol Gives Back" charity episode (Apr. 21).
"We'll miss you buddy," host Ryan Seacrest told Urban after delivering the news. "Keep that smile alive."
"I will," answered Urban, who then mouthed "thank you" to the crowd and flashed his trademark grin one last time.
Video: Tim Urban Is Eliminated from "Idol"
Urban, who made "Idol's" top 24 after another contestant, Chris Golightly, was disqualified, had long been considered one of the weaker contestants of season nine. Thanks to his appeal among younger viewers and his good humor, though, the 20-year-old Texas native made it all the way to the top seven. Urban's run of good luck ended after he received the lowest number of votes for his rendition of the Goo Goo Dolls' "Better Days" during Tuesday's performance night, which was mentored by Alicia Keys and themed around "Inspirational Songs."
Joining Urban in the bottom three were Aaron Kelly and Casey James. James made his first trip to the bottom three of the season after being panned for his song choice of Fleetwood Mac's "Don't Stop," while Kelly struggled with his version of R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly."
Tonight's elimination was announced during "Idol Gives Back," a two-hour fundraising episode that featured performances by Keys, Elton John, the Black Eyed Peas, Carrie Underwood and Mary J. Blige. The show also featured appearances by Queen Latifah, Common and David Cook and a pre-taped segment by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama.