Best known as the "comeback kid" for replacing Idol dropout Mario Vazquez last month, Smith – the 22-year-old son of former St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Ozzie Smith – came out at the bottom of the voting pile Wednesday night.
Nikko's rendition of "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story on Tuesday night's show prompted judge Simon Cowell to comment: "Even though you ended well, the first part of the song was out of tune."
The public must have agreed. With 32.8 million votes cast, according to host Ryan Seacrest, Smith, Vonzell Solomon and Scott Savol ended up with the least.
As for Wednesday's outcome, Nikko appeared anything but defeated. "Y'all gonna see me again," he vowed.