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Down to 9 on 'American Idol'

Oil rig worker Michael Sarver said goodbye to the "American Idol" stage last night. The 27-year-old was eliminated after landing in the bottom three.

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Sarver was also in the bottom two last week. During Wednesday night's Motown show, the Jasper, Texas native belted the Temptation's "Ain't Too Proud to Beg" and Paula Abdul compared his performance to an old-school Las Vegas lounge act.

Motown legend Smokey Robinson performed a lengthy duet with singer Joss Stone, and Stevie Wonder did a rousing medley of his hits -- which included a shoutout to Obama and "Idol."

After Michael sang the Temptation's hit again on Thursday night, Simon Cowell told the married father of two: "Michael, you're going home. Sorry." As a top ten finalist, Sarver will have the consolation of going on tour with the Idols after the season ends.

The nine remaining contestants are Matt Giraud, Allison Iraheta, Adam Lambert, Anoop Desai, Danny Gokey, Kris Allen, Lil Rounds, Megan Corkrey and Scott MacIntyre.

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