Tonight's "American Idol" narrowed down the finalists to just 7. The bottom three were predictable -- Stephano Langone, Haley Reinhart and Paul McDonald -- and America voted off McDonald. Steven Tyler once referred to him as a "cool dude in a loose mood," and his raspy voice often put a modern twist on a good rock song.
Paul didn't seem terribly upset at the elimination and said his time on the show had been "a good ride." A short video recapped his journey to the final 8 and Jennifer Lopez asked him to sing "Maggie May" to close out the show.
Before the elimination was revealed, Ryan Seacrest announced the finalists would sing in groups again, starting with Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina teaming up to sing Lady Antebellum's "American Honey." Following their performance were Casey Abrams and Haley Reinhard with their rendition of "Moanin,'" in which they received a standing ovation.
Musical performances of the night included original "Idol" winner Kelly Clarkson singing "Don't You Wanna Stay" with country singer Jason Aldean. Superstar Rihanna also appeared on the show and performed "California King Bed," although disappointingly lip syncing the song.
Catch next week's episode of "American Idol" on FOX.