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Lone Star? A single Texan remains in Idol's Final 12

In and out: Rockwall's Jason Castro and Houston's Kady Malloy.

A lone Texan still stands among American Idol's Final 12 after Thursday's herd-trimming left Houston's Kady Malloy on the cutting room floor.

Jason Castro, 20, of Rockwall (but born in Dallas, raised in Rowlett) rode Tuesday night's rave reviews to the hit Fox show's promised land. And he looks solid for at least the next few weeks.

Malloy, 18, of Houston, deemed a dullard Wednesday by jab-throwing Simon Cowell, was the first of four voted off Thursday.

"I'm still having issues with your massive lack of personality," Cowell had told her, likening the lithe but too listless blonde to a robotic Stepford wife.

"I don't regret a moment," Malloy said, colorlessly, after host Ryan Seacrest lowered the guillotine.

Malloy had company in fellow evictees Luke Menard, Asia'h Epperson and Danny Noriega. The 12 finalists will perform together Tuesday in a two-hour live broadcast on a new Idol stage. One contestant goes home per week until the show's May finale.