Pia Toscano: The Most Shocking American Idol Elimination Ever?

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The stunning elimination of Pia Toscano on American Idol Thursday night will no doubt go down as one of the show's most controversial in 10 seasons.

Despite her lackluster stage presence, her talent outclassed much of the field, with many predicting she would make it all the way to the May 25 finale.

No one understood why Pia was in the bottom three to begin with. As the results were revealed, the judges and her fellow hopefuls were dumbstruck.

When the show ended, no one in the studio audience moved.

Pia Toscano Sings on American Idol

In past eliminations, it's been an easy transition off the stage, but this was no ordinary elimination. Crushed, Pia buried her head in Jacob Lusk's chest.

Haley Reinhardt wiped away tears and prompted the crowd to cheer for Pia. Stefano Langone looked destroyed and guilty that he kept a spot over Pia.

Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler surrounded her to show their support, as if she'd just lost a loved one. It was that kind of shocker.

But the votes don't lie, and this wasn't the first such shocker on Idol. Still, it's gotta be top five, right? Here are four that ranked up there with it:

  • Chris Daughtry. The presumptive winner of season five was ousted before Taylor Hicks (winner), Katharine McPhee AND Elliott Yamin. Wow.
  • Melinda Dolittle. The veteran backup singer was on a collision course for a finale with Jordin Sparks (winner), but Blake Lewis beat her out.
  • Michael Johns and Carly Smithson. They finished eighth and sixth in Season 7 (David Cook and David Archuleta finished 1-2) Far too low.
  • Jennifer Hudson. The future Oscar winner finished 7th in Season 3. Fantasia (winner) has had a nice career, but finalists 2-? Unknowns.

What do you think? Was Pia Toscano the most shocking elimination of all?

Something to ponder as you watch her swan song last night, "I'll Stand By You." Some of the first words: "Why you look so sad ..."

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I thought Pia's performances were FABULOUS and she proved she's not a "one trick pony" when she sang River Deep Mountain High last week. Furthermore, she was one of only 3 contestants who sang a ROCK song on the ROCK themed night, the other 2 being Scotty and Haley. The other contestants sang whatever. When I buy a CD, I listen to the singer's VOICE, not he or she prancing/dancing around the stage or their personality! Idolmania .... how do YOU know Simon would think Pia's performances were boring. I think that's merely wishful thinking on your part. Simon was the best Idol judge ever and he well and truly recognised REAL talent when he heard it, and Pia has REAL talent. Idol is certainly going to be BORING from now until the end of this series.

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i feel so sorry for Pia, i loved her singing ...

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PIA DESERVES TO WIN! SHE IS PRETTY ANDE SINGS WHILE SHE IS FUCKING

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I WANT PIA BACK ON THE SHOW OR I'LL JERK OFF.

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NOT ONLY COULD PIA SING, SHE WAS A PURE PIECE OF ASS!!!

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THE IDOL PROGRAM IS A RIP OFF. PIA WAS ON HER WAY TO STARDOM!!

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THEY DO NOT COUNT THE VOTES. PIA WAS A SURE WINNER AND THE SHOW DID NOT WANT HER.

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this proves it!!! AMERICAN IDOL RESULTS ARE FATKES JUST AS THE SHOW IS!!!

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Join the boycott and do not vote in this weeks shows. Then they will see how people feel about the fake inflated voting that caused Pia to have to leave.

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I agree with Lynn, Pia is a beautiful lady but her performance was boring. Simon would agree too. AMERICA VOTED!!!!

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]
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