updated 04/14/2011 AT 9:30 PM ET
•originally published 04/14/2011 AT 9:35 PM ET
After a night of music from the movies – and some risky song choices by contestants like Casey Abrams and James Durbin – Thursday was elimination night again on American Idol.
This week, no major jolts.
Paul McDonald, the resident folk-pop troubadour, was voted off.
Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, requested he sing “Maggie May” as his encore, and he performed it with what could be his trademark gesture – holding out his hand as if he’d just doffed his hat.
“You’ve had such an amazing impact on this show,” said Ryan Seacrest.