Sarver's journey: Singer's two bad weeks lead to exit

By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Grand Ole Opry week was the beginning of the end for Michael Sarver's reign on American Idol, as he sang "Ain't Goin' Down 'Til the Sun Comes Up" by Garth Brooks to mediocre reviews.

Judge Randy Jackson said he did not like the song choice. Kara DioGuardi said it was impressive that he remembered the words, but he missed the big notes. Paula Abdul liked watching Sarver have fun, but Simon Cowell said could not understand a single word.

"You could have been singing Norwegian," Cowell said.

"If we were all perfect, we wouldn't be on this show," Sarver said.

The next night, Sarver narrowly escaped elimination, finishing in the bottom two.

Sarver was ill during Motown Week, but sang "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

Despite standing and dancing along during Sarver's performance, Abdul criticized Sarver's performance, saying he sounded too "Las Vegas loungy."

"I couldn't wait for it to end," Cowell said. Cowell also said Sarver he did not have a chance to win the competition.

Sarver was left in the bottom two with Matt Giraud and received the lowest amount of votes.

After singing an improved version of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg," the judges seemed split on whether to use their save on Sarver. But Cowell decided not to use the save.

For the past week, has chronicled Sarver's journey on American Idol.

Sarver will be honored in Jasper tonight and KTRE will be there providing full coverage of the event.