LOS ANGELES — American Idol said g'day to Michael Johns.
The Australian-born singer was eliminated Thursday from Fox's popular singing competition as the contest was narrowed down to seven finalists after Wednesday's "Idol Gives Back" charity event.
The dismissal came as a surprise to many since no contestants were evicted after last year's special Idol fundraiser.
Johns, 29, sang Aerosmith's Dream On during Tuesday's inspirational-themed performance show. Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson didn't think the song choice suited Johns, although Paula Abdul thought the selection was perfect.
Johns, who now lives in Los Angeles, had never been in the show's bottom three.
Carly Smithson and Syesha Mercado were the other lowest vote-getters.
Before the elimination, host Ryan Seacrest told the audience that "Idol Gives Back" brought in more than $60-million thus far and reminded viewers that donations were still being accepted. Last year, $76-million was raised for underprivileged children. Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has earlier anticipated this year's total at $100-million.
Ratings were significantly down for "Idol Gives Back." Despite being the top-rated show Wednesday, 17.5 million viewers tuned into the second "Idol Give Back" special, down from last year when 26.9 million viewers watched, according to Nielsen Media Research.