‘American Idol’ on the scene for Top 9 results show: The Idoldome is mad as hell
Pia performed her swan song, the Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand by You,” which ironically begins: “Oh, why you look so sad? / Tears are in your eyes.” And for the very first time, Pia sounded mediocre, but what would you expect from someone who had just gotten the emotional wind knocked out of her? “I couldn’t even breathe at that moment,” Pia later told me in a backstage interview, “so the fact that I could get anything out was a miracle.” Once Pia finished singing, the judges promptly marched onstage, and Haley signaled to the audience to start cheering. The crowd began chanting “Pia! Pia! Pia!” A row of young women screamed, “We love you, Pia!” And one guy shouted, “I’ll buy your record!”
The most noticeable thing, though, was that the audience didn’t budge. Normally, people vacate the Idoldome at the earliest possible second in order to avoid the remote chance of a surprise Rebecca Black concert. But tonight, everyone stood standing in their seats, watching as the various judges and contestants attempted to comfort the season’s best vocalist.
The finalists surrounded Pia as she buried her head in Jacob’s chest and was approached by judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Haley Reinhardt wiped away tears and prompted the audience to cheer for Pia. Stefano, who has managed to stay in the competition after consistently landing in the bottom three week after week, looked downright destroyed and guilty that he secured a spot on the couch over Pia. While Paul McDonald and James Durbin consoled him, it made us wonder when Stefano’s luck is going to run out.
The audience, stunned and upset over her elimination, began chanting Pia’s name and yelling out supportive words like: “You rock, Pia!” and “I’ll buy your record!”
More recaps after the JUMP…
‘Idol’ Off Camera: Pia Is Assisted Off Stage, JLo’s Words of Advice
It was the most shocking “American Idol” elimination in years and xfinityTV.com was there, in the studio, to catch what you didn’t see on camera.
We witnessed what happened when the cameras stopped rolling after Pia Toscano’s sad goodbyes, overheard some of Jennifer Lopez’s parting words of advice to the distraught contestant, and had a bird’s eye view of how the top 9 acted, and reacted, on commercial breaks or when the spotlight was not on them.
Here’s our blow-by-blow from Row H, seat 6:
First, the mood before the first results were given was quite interesting. Jacob Lusk had the look of defeat all night, sitting slumped over quietly on the couch, looking worried, and peering down between his legs, not talking to anyone. Haley Reinhart sat cross-legged with one leg swinging nervously. Stefano Langone was curiously laid back and he literally laid back on the couch looking comfortable and nonchalant. Little did he know what was to come.
‘American Idol’ Elimination Night: 25 Things You Didn’t See on Thursday’s Show
1. Considering what was to come, Corey the audience warm-up guy did a great job keeping the crowd pumped. Still, when he revealed the night’s guest performers, it was a little surprising to hear that the claps for Iggy Pop were only marginally louder than those for Constantine Maroulis.
2. Just before the show is about to start, and the contestants take their positions in opposite corners of the studio, Lauren Alaina and Nigel Lythgoe do a quick waltz and twirl in the aisle.
3. After the rock-themed group number, Pia and Scotty McCreery pat each other on the back for a job well done.
‘American Idol’ recap: Why You Look So Sad?
Wow. If anything, we can rest assured after last night’s results show that the American Idol voting system isn’t fixed. You’ve finally convinced us, producers! Well done. Pia Toscano, long considered a frontrunner in season 10, left this week in a truly shocking elimination. Her fans let the sun go down on her (yikes, but oh well, those are the words) and she just didn’t have the votes. Only two girls remain in the top 8. America’s pickin’ ’em off, one by one, L.A.M.B. romper by L.A.M.B. romper. No one is safe.
American Idol Recap: Rocky Horror
Randy Jackson, wipe that stunned expression off your stupid face. Jennifer Lopez, mop up your phony, ridiculous tears. And Steven Tyler, go back to bed. (Honestly, dude, you’ve been taking the world’s greatest public nap for the last six weeks — why get invested now?) Because while the three of you sat there Thursday night at the American Idol judges’ table, collecting your seven-figure salaries and expressing your anger over the obscenely premature elimination of the exquisite, talented Pia Toscano, you failed to acknowledge your own culpability in her demise.
‘Idol’ judges berate fans for sending Pia home
“I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say,” J.Lo ranted, faulting the voters for failing to read her mind and discern which of the nine heavily praised finalists she loved better than others.
“I’m with Jennifer. We’re all in shock. I’m gutted. You’re one of the best singers in this. I’m never upset on this show, but this makes me mad. Really mad,” Randy Jackson told the tearful Toscano. It was a display of passion that would have been more useful had his preference for her been made clear 24 hours earlier.
‘American Idol’: Why Pia Toscano Was Sent Home
Well, if you’re reading about “American Idol” tonight the comments on Twitter, Facebook and just about anywhere you look aren’t pretty.
Some fans are vowing to never watch again and the curse words are flying. That’s because we might have witnessed one of the biggest upsets in the show’s history. Idol darling Pia Toscano was sent home tonight.
‘American Idol': 5 Theories On Why Pia Toscano Was Eliminated
I know what you’re thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn’t better prepare us for the outcome? Where was the buzz of a “shocker you don’t wanna miss?” What happened to the build-up? Or some foreshadowing?
In a way, what went down really is unbelievable. Think of all the former American Idol finalists who’ve made it further than this position. Jennifer Hudson is nothing to sneeze at, sure, but how about Sanjaya Malakar in season 6? He made it to Top 7, as did Season 7’s Kristy Lee Cook. Neither could hold a candle to Pia’s powerful pipes.
Four Reasons Why Pia Toscano’s Elimination Isn’t All That Surprising
Last night, big-voiced Queens girl Pia Toscano was sent home from American Idol, an elimination that resulted in quite a bit of shock emanating from quarters that seem to still believe this show is a singing competition. (I guess they all missed Lee DeWyze’s win last year?) And yet, the reasons for Pia getting shown the door relatively early in the season are pretty obvious!
Why did Pia Toscano leave ‘Idol’ so soon?
Okay, let’s try to make some sense of what happened Thursday.
First off, anybody who doesn’t have direct access to American Idol’s voting totals and patterns is only guessing when they offer reasons why Pia Toscano got eliminated in what must surely go down as the most surprising elimination in the show’s history (sure, Daughtry left sooner than he should have — but imagine if he’d gone out five weeks earlier — and hardly anybody who watched Season Three predicted Jennifer Hudson’s future career trajectory).
Pia Toscano Eliminated In ‘American Idol’ Shocker
All sense of logic was officially thrown out the window on “American Idol” on Thursday night’s (April 7) elimination show. With two of the season’s leading contenders in the bottom three — after last week’s shocking near-miss for Paul McDonald — there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the voting patterns on the 10th season of the show.
When the dust settled, those confounding voters served up one of the biggest early elimination bombshells in recent “Idol” history, sending home the woman many had pegged as a potential winner, or at least top finisher, Pia Toscano. The comely singer who had charmed the judges with her professional, powerful performances, camera-ready looks and diva-in-the-making potential hit the bottom three for the first, and last, time on Thursday night in a vote that confounded and angered the judging panel.
Top 9 ‘Idol’ Results: Another Girl Hits Rock Bottom
“American Idol’s” Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Week, while entertaining, didn’t rock per se (unless you think Percy Sledge covers and will.i.am mentorships “rock”). But you know what? Maybe America just doesn’t like rock. Maybe rock really is dead, judging from the astounding results this week.
Peen vs. Pia: The “Shocking” American Idol Top 9 Elimination
Um…I’ll just let the first part of that be. There’s group song goodness! Haley Reinhart, thankfully, is wearing a bra. Even though she and Steven Tyler are wearing the same damn thing, it might violate some prime time TV regulations if she forgot it. Lauren Alaina is thankfully wearing pants, yet she’s wearing a romper designed for 45-year-olds in Palm Beach. Or is it Palm Springs. I dunno.