Scott MacIntyre, the first legally-blind American Idol contestant, was sent packing on Thursday night's results show.
After weeks on the bubble in the competition, his performance of Survivor's The Search Is Over fell short of swaying judges or fans to give him a spot in the top seven.
"This is really tough," Simon Cowell, told the Arizona native. "Someone's got to make a decision here, and I'm going to say it's the end of the competition. Sorry."
"On behalf of the judges," Paula Abdul said, "I just want to say you've been an inspiration to the entire world through your commitment, through your talent."