'American Idol' shocker: Favorite Pia Toscano eliminated from show

Apr 7, 2011 Full story: The Jersey Journal 18

Published: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 9:15 PM Updated: Thursday, April 07, 2011, 9:21 PM Fox Pia Toscano of Howard Beach, N.Y., saw her ' American Idol ' dreams shattered tonight during a stunning results show.

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Robert Edwards

Glendora, CA

#1 Apr 7, 2011
American Idol has never been a venue for talent; but merely a popularity contest. Fox has set the rules that one person can vote for a contestant as many times as they want - 1 vote, 5, a hundred, even more; just to say they received 55 million calls. To be fair, it should have always been 1 call per viewer; then such inadequacies that occurred tonight on Idol would have not happened. Every season the same scenario, it happened with Bowersox last year, Lambert the year before, and now, Toscano. Like many of the Wednesday - Thursday night followers of Idol, I, too have lost faith in the show. Good Bye.
Jerry

Arlington, TX

#2 Apr 7, 2011
Goodbye idol, you let one BETTER than Carrie Underwood get away. I know after many years in the music industry. One vote per caller only way you will get me back or my tv's.
Kim

Arlington, TX

#3 Apr 7, 2011
Simon is laffing his butt off! He is probably signing her for XFactor! Lose Simon, lose Pia, lose show next

Since: Jan 11

Aumsville, OR

#4 Apr 8, 2011
I can't believe Pia went home. This sucks!! I thought she was going to win American Idol. The girl kept getting better and better. I have not doubt that she will be a star in her own right some day. Do you think Pia Toscano was eliminated too early? Vote http://whosright.com/poll/american-idol--do-y...
Bob Marsili-Baltimor e MD

Ruther Glen, VA

#5 Apr 8, 2011
Pia made every Italian American proud and the fact that she was eliminated shows how twisted this voting really is. She had the best voice, classy, beautiful and voted off??? Come on.Clearly she was the very best singer of the group.. The voters want to see the extravagance way out there behavior, not class. Pia will be fine. I would bet she will be bigger than J Lo soon!
What a shame! We love you PIA!
DHR

Sacramento, CA

#6 Apr 8, 2011
Robert Edwards wrote:
American Idol has never been a venue for talent; but merely a popularity contest. Fox has set the rules that one person can vote for a contestant as many times as they want - 1 vote, 5, a hundred, even more; just to say they received 55 million calls. To be fair, it should have always been 1 call per viewer; then such inadequacies that occurred tonight on Idol would have not happened.
You got it right. I came here to post exactly what you posted and saw you beat me to it. I like how they do it on Dancing with the Stars. It's ten votes and then they cut you off. This way you can vote for different people. However, maybe one vote per telephone number would be even better.

American Idol's voting system is flawed and it invites those who have dialing machines to set their machines to dial the same number for two hours straight and walk away. I didn't bother to vote because I cannot compete with those who have machines and/or the time to vote 1500 times in two hours.

You would think American Idol would have enough sense to change their voting methods. Who in their right mind would allow people to vote as many times as they want in a two hour period? I didn't waste my time voting last night because it's a joke how they set it up.
Blame

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Apr 8, 2011
the teenage girls, it is obvious that they are voting on drool factor instead of voting for someone who could be a role model they could look up to. Stephano should have gone home and I think he knows it from the look on his face.
Michigan

Brighton, MI

#8 Apr 8, 2011
Pia could sing yes, but should could not perform. That last song, River deep, mountain high, was very upbeat, watch Celine Dion sing it on youtube. She should have been making some moves there. She's only good at singing, while standing still. She could never carry off her own concert.
Pleasure Beach Lover

Trumbull, CT

#9 Apr 8, 2011
Michigan wrote:
Pia could sing yes, but should could not perform. That last song, River deep, mountain high, was very upbeat, watch Celine Dion sing it on youtube. She should have been making some moves there. She's only good at singing, while standing still. She could never carry off her own concert.
You have to realize that most of these kids never had any professional instruction before.
I would imagine it's a bit nerve-wracking to perform in front of the HUGE AI audience too.

That being said, I totally agree that there needs to be a limit on the number of times a viewer can vote.
Otherwise, it's a bunch of 12-year old girls voting for whoever they think is "cute". A good example of popularity without merit: Justin Bieber.
Rosebud

United States

#10 Apr 8, 2011
American Idol must have some kind of deal with AT&T on the call situation - promotion, etc.- or they think announcing so many calls gives the show more ranking - that is the only logical reason for so many calls. It's ridiculous! I agree to limit the calls.
barbear

Hicksville, NY

#11 Apr 8, 2011
They did Pia a favor.Pia will go far with her looks and singing.They are probably signing her now.Good luck in all you do, the world is waiting for you.
devilb1tch

Huron, SD

#12 Apr 8, 2011
are you fiiiken kidding me?! Pia was the best singer on the show!!! That just totally sux! Im not watching anymore :\
george

United States

#13 Apr 9, 2011
Simple fact, Pia was boring to watch, regardless if she has singing talent, if you don't have the "FULL PACKAGE" your not going to get anywhere, I really cannot imagine going to a concert where she performs, I would fall asleep within the first 10 minutes, she would do great in orchestra or something like that, but not in front of an audience.
As far as the voting, come on,, get real,, I didn't hear all this complaining when the ones you thought were not good were voted off.
Of course they are going to go with the total votes, the show is about creating a star who is going to sell the most records, a star who is going to go to the top thanks to AI, and if the votes don't come in for certain singers they are not going to sell,, thats the whole point of the show, to find America's next star.
Perfect example?? Elvis Presley,, yeah he had a great voice, but man could he entertain, thats the whole package.
If Pia hadn't gone home this week she for sure would have next week, whether you liked her singing or not, you have to admit, she was incredibly boring to watch, it was Rock and Roll night and she once again sang a slow ballad and planted her feet firmly on the floor, no entertainment there, Stephano was more entertaining Wed. night than Pia was, the voting outcome was right on.
george

Richland Center, WI

#14 Apr 9, 2011
barbear wrote:
They did Pia a favor.Pia will go far with her looks and singing.They are probably signing her now.Good luck in all you do, the world is waiting for you.
Our local country radio stations are already playing Scotty McCreery, They are playing back the songs he has been singing on AI, and heard he already has a contract in place, just waiting for the results of AI. look for him on the CMA's by 2012, that kid is going to be a real star!.
Kinda like Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash all rolled into one!
george

United States

#15 Apr 9, 2011
Pleasure Beach Lover wrote:
<quoted text>
You have to realize that most of these kids never had any professional instruction before.
I would imagine it's a bit nerve-wracking to perform in front of the HUGE AI audience too.
That being said, I totally agree that there needs to be a limit on the number of times a viewer can vote.
Otherwise, it's a bunch of 12-year old girls voting for whoever they think is "cute". A good example of popularity without merit: Justin Bieber.
Yeah!!,, now you've got it,, thats what I'm talking about, you may not like Justin Bieber, heck I don't either,, but the kid is a star, be brings in the audience, his concerts are sold out, he brings in mega millions in entertainment,,music sells, promotions, products,, ect.. the kid can sing, AND entertain,, thats the "full package" it takes more than a good voice to have talent, and I'm sorry to say that Pia just does not have it.
Vishelan

South Africa

#16 Apr 10, 2011
pia was a true talent on the show n will always be...
I think this whole results show is rigged...
Hw convenient is it that casey gets voted prior to the top 10 concert n he's immediately saved making it top 11 concert
Pia never featured in the bottom 3 yet she gets kicked out
The last 3 idol winners weren't deserving... Sorry to say david archulleta was better... Adam lambert was sooooo much more talented n lee dewyze well maybe he Shud have maybe not...
Howcome the talented get voted off earlier???? As thou the producers know they wil succeed without The title... Chris daughtry?
Jennifer hudson????

Its all fixed... Bring pia back... And stop giving stefano a hard time... He's just as good. Quit with the gender racial inequalities vote talent
Pleasure Beach Lover

Trumbull, CT

#17 Apr 11, 2011
george wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah!!,, now you've got it,, thats what I'm talking about, you may not like Justin Bieber, heck I don't either,, but the kid is a star, be brings in the audience, his concerts are sold out, he brings in mega millions in entertainment,,music sells, promotions, products,, ect.. the kid can sing, AND entertain,, thats the "full package" it takes more than a good voice to have talent, and I'm sorry to say that Pia just does not have it.
What???? Justin Beiber is a manufactured "talent". Have you heard his music?
All he's got going for him is that he looks like a girl and 11 year old girls are
attracted to that for some reason. I don't care how much he makes, it doesn't make
him talented.

Pia DOES have it, and will be touring with Idol over the summer and she's in talks
for a record deal as we speak.
Not Fair

Byron Center, MI

#18 Apr 11, 2011
Don't worry about Pia. Being off American Idol may be the best thing that happened to her.

http://www.contactmusic.com/news.nsf/story/pi...

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