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American Idol castoff Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas, who are dating in real life, teamed up for a beautiful routine the Dancing With the Stars results show last night.

Pia's early exit from Idol a few weeks ago shocked many, but the girl is still in high demand. Toscano's rendition of The Pretenders' "I'll Stand By You" proved why.

She nailed every note, and this time, there wasn't a panel of judges or voters critiquing her performance. Just her boyfriend Mark accompanying her on the floor:

Quite the night for the show, which also featured two efforts by New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys. The only unhappy viewer? Chris Jericho. Sorry man!

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Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas are reportedly together. Romantically.

They'll definitely be together next week as the gone-too-soon American Idol outcast sings and the Dancing With the Stars pro dances on the results show!

Mark's upcoming performance set to the vocal accompaniment of his alleged new love was announced Tuesday, with Mark ever the gentleman in response.

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Apart from saying calling Pia a "phenomenal vocalist," Ballas says he had little in the way of details for this rumored girlfriend's appearance next week.

He denies having anything to do with the planning, saying that he found out about it when the announcement was made on the DWTS results show.

Maybe so, but we doubt he's unhappy about it.

As for his partner in the professional sense, Mark and Chelsea Kane survived another week. He and the Disney star have looked strong thus far!

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The American Idol judges were shocked that Pia Toscano was ousted on last week's results show, and some fans are petitioning to bring her back.

Executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, however, is not up in arms.

“I know the [voting] results, so I know she was never a frontrunner,” Lythgoe said. “The fact of the matter, it appears, is that Pia didn’t connect with the audience as much as maybe we think she did. And she wasn’t voted through.”

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To be fair, Nigel isn't anti-Pia, he's just stating facts.

Nigel, who also produces and judges So You Think You Can Dance, did say that Idol could consider changing the voting format next year to mirror SYTYCD.

On that show, America determines the bottom three, but the judges decide who leaves. That is ultimately a call for Idol creator Simon Fuller, Lythgoe said.

What do you think? Would you rather have Steven, Randy and J. Lo make that call in order to prevent another shocking result like we saw last Thursday?

Or, would stripping America of its final say actually hurt the format? 

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Irate American Idol fans are bombarding the show and Fox after the elimination of Pia Toscano, demanding that the singer be allowed back on this week.

To make room for her, they also demand Stefano Langone remove himself from Idol, since, not to put too fine a point on it, he sucks and has no shot.

They've reached out to him in an effort to plead this case.

Their VOTES, which actually determine the results of this reality TV competition show, could have ensured this last week, of course. Details.

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American Idol insiders say that hundred of fans have been begging Fox to halt the grave injustice of kicking their girl off the show, and to bend the rules. 

The fans' message is simple. Stefano has no chance and should be removed now as a sacrificial lamb so that the more talented Pia Toscano can return.

Nothing like this has happened before on Idol, and no way it's going to in this case, you have to admire their dedication to Pia (albeit a week too late).

Idol already instituted the judges' save last season, too, for just such an occasion. Too bad J. Lo, RJ and Steve blew it on Casey Abrams weeks earlier.

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In fun celebrity couple news bringing the worlds of American Idol and Dancing With the Stars together, Pia Toscano and Mark Ballas are dating.

Pia and Mark became acquainted while shooting their respective shows and went on their first date Friday. According to reports, it was a 10!

Maybe an awesome date isn't enough to soften the blow of her stunning elimination from American Idol this week, but it can't hurt, right?

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  • Mark Ballas of Dancing With the Stars

Pia was the instigator of the romance with Mark Ballas, sources say, but there was a surprise matchmaker involved who played a role in setting them up:

WWE great and current DWTS contestant Chris Jericho!

Pia and Mark both shoot American Idol and Dancing With the Stars on the same CBS Television City lot in L.A., and it turns out Pia is pretty resourceful.

She has a friend who is friends with Jericho, so Pia gave her friend a piece of paper with her number on it, who then passed it to Chris to give to Mark.

Sounds so high school, but apparently it worked out. Peeps connected with both Mark Ballas and Pia Toscano say they really hit it off. Way to go guys!

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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:

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The first two elimination rounds of American Idol featured the surprising save of Casey Abrams, followed by a double ouster of Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia.

Was the third contestant voted off tonight someone we expected, or did the voters have another surprise up their sleeves after Wednesday's performances?

Most pundits felt the Bottom Three would be made of Jacob Lusk, Paul McDonald and Stefano Langone. Two out of the three did in fact land there. But ...

The third member of the trio in danger was someone no one saw coming, and not only did that person land in the bottom three, they're the one going home!

Follow the jump to see which finalist left American Idol tonight ...

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Pia Toscano murdered Tina Turner's classic "River Deep, Mountain High" on American Idol last night. That's meant as praise by Steven Tyler - she rocked!

"Murderer! Murderer! You killed it!" Steven says.

Not to be confused with butchering it, which would imply a poor effort, Pia Toscano absolutely killed. Her inspiration for taking a page out of Tina's book?

"I want to shock everybody," she says, "'cause I've been doing the whole ballad thing."

Safe to say she succeeded in the best way with a powerful, self-assured, uptempo rendition. It was just a winning performance from a pro all around:

"I'm going to keep pushing you," J-Lo said, saying she still must continue to do better. "You are spectacular, but just keeping studying, keep researching."

If that's the worst criticism lobbed at you, you're doing awfully well.

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If it ain't broken, Pia Toscano isn't gonna fix it.

The American Idol finalist went back to the ballad well last night, covering Elton John's "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" and doing it very well.

But might this incredible talent need to mix up her repertoire if she hopes to win it all? Randy thinks so, asking Pia to "switch gears" a bit, while J. Lo posed an interesting question: "What are you going to do to surprise us next week?"

With competition such as Lauren Alaina coming on strong, it's an interesting issue. Take in Pia's latest rendition below.

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Celine... Whitney... Stevie.

It's safe to say that Pia Toscano isn't afraid to take on the classics, as she stood in front of millions last night and covered "All in Love is Fair."

Surrounded by string instruments, Pia belted out another tremendous ballad, one that ended with a glory note to end all glory notes. There's no doubt at all about her voice, but J. Lo actually offered a helpful critique when she said Pia must learn to "own" the stage, not just stand on it.

Randy agreed, complimenting the falsetto, but adding: "You can't live by ballads alone."

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