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 …
American Idol viewers eliminated their fifth consecutive female singer tonight, leaving Jacob, Stefano, the judges and plenty of fans beyond shocked.
Many considered Pia to not just be safe tonight, but to have given Wednesday’s best performance and to be almost a lock for the Season 10 finals.
“What a shock, what a surprise,” Ryan Seacrest said amid boos.
Jennifer Lopez could not even hold back the tears. “I have no idea what just happened here. I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say.”
“A mistake is one thing, but a lack of passion is unforgivable,” Steven Tyler added, upset and nearly at a loss for words himself. “They’re wrong.”
“We’re all in shock,” said Randy Jackson. “I’m gutted.”
Think they’re regretting that save of Casey Abrams?!
After her swan song (The Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand By You”), Pia Toscano broke down and was given a standing ovation from all, with many in tears.
What do you think? Did America really blow it this week, or was Pia actually deserving of the heave-ho? Sound off in the comments …