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 ..."

[Photo: Fox]


With unlimited voting it is a voting contest, not a singing contest. It is not just teens that can power text. They make up just 20% of the viewers. Women in their forties make up the biggest demographic and are very capable at texting. When Adam Lambert lost I wrote the book, "American Idol Vote Scam" because I investigated the organization Kris had in Conway and saw that not only did he have vote teams, his voters were given free AT&T phones and taught texting by AT&T. This year Scotty has organized voters but no AT&T connection. The vote numbers are important to American Idol so I do not see them changing the system unless there is a real outcry.


Pia is the best! now I will vote for Scotty and maybe Lauren.
that was a shock when she was voted off! America is not voting for the best singer; they are voting for their favorite person. Come on America lets vote for the best singer...Pia was it!! Oh and Casey shouldnt' of been saved!


Just get over it ppl, Pia was boring.


Joanna38, you're soooo right!!


Scotty is a nerd!


Casey was saved, it was a good save. But who liked it better before the judges had a save button??


J-Lo is not jealous of Pia. She just liked Stefano more!!


You can't have Simon back..he's doing the X factor! They used to sway people how to vote..at least with this panel of judges it's left to the people. And how stupid of the judges to make a spectacle of themselves, when the public has voted!!


Lauren may win! Gooooo Lauren!!


Pia was not the best! i didn't even like her outfit posted here on the night she left. Who went off the night Thia got the boot??

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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]