Pia Toscano Plans Ahead

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She seemingly came out of nowhere, but Pia Toscano is here to stay.

The American Idol finalist, who received little air time prior to last week's sterling rendition of "I'll Stand By You," was thrust to the forefront of the competition after earning the first standing ovation of the season from the judges for her semifinal performance.

"I felt like I never really showed all that I could do on the show, and I'm so happy that I did save it for when it counted," Pia told MTV at last week's top 13 party. "I've grown so much as a person and as a vocalist throughout this competition, and I'm so happy that that was my moment to shine."

So, what can viewers expect to hear next from the artist, who will perform live tomorrow night? She says:

"I definitely want to have those big ballads. Since I was a little girl, I've always taken to those huge voices: Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey. So I definitely want to bring that back. But I also want to have those fun dance hits as well."

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]