The Levittown, NY, native had performed a heartfelt rendition of "When I Fall in Love" on Tuesday's program, prompting judge Paula Abdul to commend his "moxie." Simon Cowell had previously said Covais was a lock for "the granny vote."
The granny vote wasn't enough, apparently, and host Ryan Seacrest announced that, among the week's 35 million votes, Covais had the fewest. "What are we going to do without you?" Seacrest asked Covais, whom fellow contestant Paris Bennett had nicknamed Chicken Little.
Also in the bottom three were Lisa Tucker and Bucky Covington. Tucker, 16, sang "Why Do Fools Fall in Love?" on Tuesday, prompting Cowell to say he felt "trapped in a high school musical."
Covington's rendition of Buddy Holly's rockabilly hit "Oh, Boy!" was deemed "nothing more than a pointless karaoke performance" by Cowell.
The season's winner will be named on May 24.