Justice was finally served in the strange kingdom of "American Idol" as the improbable run of Lazaro Arbos finally came to an end Thursday night.
The struggling singer was sent packing after inexplicably dodging elimination for several weeks, despite harsh criticism -- and in some cases downright scorn -- from the judges.
His ouster left "Idol" with an all-girl Top 5 for the first time ever. In a few weeks, the popular reality series will crown its first female champion since Jordin Sparks reigned in Season 6.
Arbos, who shared space in the Bottom 2 with Amber Holcolmb, performed the perfunctory song for survival at the end of the show as he delivered a decent version of "Feeling Good." Even though the judges pretended to deliberate, there was no way they were going to deploy their veto power.
"We love you. You've been a treasure to the show. We've enjoyed you but we're not gonna use the save," said Randy Jackson, who on Wednesday night declared Arbos' rendition of the Carpenters' "Close to You" to be one of the worst performances in "Idol" history.
Candice Glover and Kree Harrison were revealed to be this week's Top 2. Also safe were Angie Miller and Janelle Arthur.
The show featured performances by past "Idol" champs Kelly Clarkson ("People Like Us") and Scotty McCreery ("See You Tonight").