The national newspaper USA Today says of David Archuleta: "His soaring vocals and gawky teen appeal combo makes him the one to beat."

And the 17-year-old Murray High School student is still on the path to the "American Idol" finale. Thursday night, Archuleta advanced to the television talent show's next round.

But others weren't so lucky.

Kady Malloy was the first to find out she wouldn't be in the coveted Top 12. She had a great personality, but struggled with the "right song."

"I don't regret a second of it," Malloy told host Ryan Seacrest.

Luke Menard was the second to go, likely because of his song choice. "There's no chance you're going to make through," Simon told Luke the Wednesday night. "You can't win."

Still smiling, Luke sang "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" to an enthusiastic crowd.

It was down to two girls left — Asia'h Epperson and Kristy Lee Cook. Out of the two, Simon predicted that Epperson would be leaving the competition.

He was right. "There's nothing, nothing that's going to stop you," said Paula to an emotional Epperson. "You're tenacious, you're brilliant ... God bless you."

And the two final guys: Danny Noriega and Chikeze Eze.

"Why are you so upset?" Ryan asked a very emotional Noriega.

"You get so close to these people," Danny responded through his tears.

True. As crazy at it may sound, you are actually sad to see a friend leave.

Ramiele Malubay broke down after hearing the results: Chikeze was safe; Danny was going home.

I was actually surprised as well, because Danny seemed to have a lot of fans supporting him — but not enough fans voted, apparently.