The results are in — next week’s American Idol finale will see man pitted against boy, David Cook versus David Archuleta.

So it’s come down to the rocker and the balladeer, and who’s crowned king this season will be left in the hands of American viewers at the end of next week’s performance show. And though these two guys have been great competitors with solid performances — Syesha Mercado, who was eliminated during last night’s show, was also battling her way to the end.

Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough to land her a spot in the final two. And though it may be upsetting to many of her fans, Mercado did get a lot of exposure while in the singing competition and has a good chance of making it on her own in the music industry.

Mercado was one of the most improved this season, and as her fellow competitors were being voted off the show, it gave her more of a chance to shine and prove just how remarkable her powerful voice is.

During last night’s show, host Ryan Seacrest announced that a season high of nearly 56 million votes came pouring in this week following the end of Tuesday’s performance episode. And it was Mercado’s turn to say goodbye.

Before the results were read, and the top two revealed, the three remaining competitors gave viewers one final group performance, while the rest of the show focused on each of the competitors’ hometown visits.

Viewers were also treated to a performance by former American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino, who sang her latest song Bore Me. The title of that song says it all. Well, that and the bewildered look on judge Simon Cowell’s face.

As Seacrest got ready to announce who was moving on, he picked up a few comments from the judges.

“If you’re really, really lucky, the world is going to watch … and the world will remember all three of you,” said Paula Abdul.

“There’s too many words, I don’t know what to say ... I just want to say thank you,” said Mercado before singing Alicia Keys’ If I Ain’t Got You.

Catch American Idol Tuesday on CTV at 8 p.m.