Latest 'American Idol' results
The 22-year-old from Illinois' rock interpretation of Charlie Chaplin's 'Smile' earned positive feedback from judges Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson.
However, Simon Cowell said that he "couldn't rave about the vocal. Two girls came on before you and just completely outsang you."
There are now eight remaining hopefuls competing for this year's American Idol crown, which will be decided in May.