The 27-year-old oil-rig worker from Jasper, Texas, made his last-ditch effort by belting out "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."
But it just wasn't slick enough for the judges to overrule the votes of viewers.
Judge Simon Cowell told the married father of two children: "Michael, you're going home. Sorry."
Nine contestants remain on the Fox network's singing competition.