"I'd rather leave on a high note than a low note," he told reporters Thursday. "I feel good about the note I left on. A lot of people thought it was a pretty solid performance."
Not everyone: Idol judge Simon Cowell called Covington's rendition "mediocre." And the voting public seemed to agree.
As for what Covington, 28, will miss about the show: "Elliott Yamin. He was my best buddy through this whole thing."
What Covington won't miss is the stress factor on Idol. "It happens all very fast," he said. "A lot of hours are involved, (and) it's amazing how some people can love you to death one week and then hate your guts."
So, what's next for the Rockingham, N.C., singer? "I think I'm going home on Tuesday. I plan on taking it easy a little bit, then the tour. Then I might go to Nashville to try to find some work."
There are seven Idol contestants left. The winner will be announced May 24.