"American Idol" said g'day to Michael Johns.

The Australian-born singer was eliminated Thursday from Fox's popular singing competition as the contest was narrowed down to the top seven finalists following Wednesday's "Idol Gives Back" charity event.

The dismissal came as a surprise to many since no contestants were evicted after last year's special "Idol" fundraiser.

Johns, 29, sang Aerosmith's "Dream On" during Tuesday's inspirational-themed performance show. Simon Cowell and Randy Jackson didn't think the song choice suited Johns, although Paula Abdul thought the selection was perfect.

Johns, who now lives in Los Angeles, had never been in the show's bottom three.

Carly Smithson and Syesha Mercado were the other lowest vote-getters.

Before the elimination, Seacrest told the audience that "Idol Gives Back" had garnered over $60 million thus far — and reminded viewers that donations were still being accepted. Last year, $76 million was raised for underprivileged children. "Idol" executive producer Nigel Lythgoe has earlier anticipated this year's event would lure $100 million.

Ratings were significantly down for "Idol Gives Back." Despite being the top-rated show Wednesday, 17.5 million viewers tuned into the second "Idol Gives Back" special, down from last year when 26.9 million viewers watched, according to Nielsen Media Research.

Utahn David Archuleta is among the remaining seven finalists. Arizona resident Brooke White, who has Utah ties, also remains.