On "American Idol" the guys are dropping like flies.

Yes, another male contestant walked the plank on Thursday night as Devin Velez was eliminated, despite having one of his better performances the night before.

For the record, that's three straight guys who have gotten the boot since the "Idol" Top 10 was established. Curtis Finch Jr. and Paul Jolley preceded Velez. That leaves only two males -- Burnell Taylor and Lazaro Arbos -- in the competition, making it more and more likely that "Idol" will have its first female champion since Jordin Sparks captured the Season 6 crown in 2007.

Taylor and Arbos joined Velez in Thursday's all-male Bottom 3.

Velez chose "It's Impossible" for his survival song, but the judges, not surprisingly, declined to issue a save. Randy Jackson said the vote was not unanimous.

On Wednesday, Velez's take on Smokey Robinson's "Tracks of My Tears" was well-received by the judges (Mariah Carey called it "flawless"), but it was clear from past weeks that he was having trouble building an audience. And it undoubtedly didn't help that he was part of the horrendous group performance of "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" that included Taylor and Arbos.

Still, Arbos, not Velez, deserved to pack his bags. Arbos not only bungled his lyrics in the group effort, he was wobbly on his solo performance. In fact, record executive Jimmy Iovine predicted his demise at the top of Thursday's results show. Apparently, though, the sympathy vote is pretty strong.

Thursday's show featured performances by former "Idol" contestants Colton Dixon and Katharine McPhee. The former sang his new single, "Love Has Come for Me," and the latter joined One Republic on "If I Lose Myself Tonight." In addition, "Idol" judge Keith Urban performed his hit "Long Hot Summer."