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American Idol contestant Pia Toscano was eliminated from the competition last night, despite being heavily tipped to become this year's American Idol champion, reports ABC News.
As host Ryan Seacrest announced Toscano's name, the 'Idol' audience shouted "no!" and the judges looked stunned. Steven Tyler told the American viewers that their "lack of passion was unforgivable" while Jennifer Lopez appeared to be on the verge of tears. The 41-year-old R&B star said that she was angry and speechless and Randy Jackson echoed the comments. Despite the furore, Toscano accepted the decision but became teary when talking about how her deceased grandfather had inspired her 'final song'. The 22-year-old proceeded to sing 'Stand By You' and received a stand ovation from the live studio audience. Before her departure, the New Yorker had been compared to the likes of Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. She received unanimous praise for her rendition of Tina Turner's 'River Deep, Mountain High' on Tuesday's show and was assumed to be safe from elimination.
The shock elimination now leaves the door open for contestants such as Casey Abrams and Paul Mcdonald to take this year's American Idol crown.


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I was as shocked as everyone else. Stefano? Maybe. Pia? Not in a million years would I have guessed that! I'd want the votes checked.
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Paul McDonald? Seriously? Are you watching the same performances I am. This self proclaimed "cool cat" is clearly one dimensional. Listen, I was on the Paul bandwagon when he came out of the gate like everyone else, but his whispered-style singing and often inaudible lyrics have left me bored to tears. Last night was a travesty, but lets face it, it's a television show folks. We deal with the aftermath of poor voting practices every single day, why would you expect anything else? I'm all for letting the "professionals" vote and taking it out of our hands - clearly we have dropped the ball one time too many. Good luck to those remaining - the fickle public will decide your fate!
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They were right to vote Pia off. She was to sure of herself. She needs to be more humble and show more showmanship. She always wore clothes that stood out over the rest and thought she couldn't be touched..Well guess what! she was wrong.....I hope James wins because he might not be the best looking but he can really put on show!!!!
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I am looking for someone I would pay hard earned good money to see in concert. Pia was not one of them. She was not a performer even though she DID have a GREAT voice. She is a recording artist but I wouldn't pay to see her. I havent really seen anyone I would pay to see. I love Paul though because he has a fun presence on stage and he is a good singer. American Idol is not just about voice ( and that is all Pia is). It is also about stage prescence.
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Pia is by far the most talented contestant; there's no way she should be eliminated. I echo the sentiments of "Jerry8181". The judges should really regret that they wasted their one save on Casey. He has absolutely no talent when compared to Pia. I won't watch American Idol anymore. This is a farce.
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People who are ignorant to not watch American Idol over Pias being voted off are insane. American idol just have to figure out a way for people to vote fairly! People will call in a hundred times for their family or friend! Every judges, Ryan, the audience and the public were shocked! And myself, thank God she'll be on tour. She has no problem these kids are gonna get offers coming out their rear to sign contracts for managers, producers and record execs! Amertican idol has finally got the best judges and because of that amazing talent who has made it so far,!!! LOVE< LOVE the show just figure out how to fix the voting process!!
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It's not rocket science, folks. Randy, J Lo, and Steve Tyler blew it when they used the save too early in the show. We knew they wasted it on someone who didn't have the full idol package. Perhaps someone should explain to Randy (again), J Lo, and Steve Tyler that this is American Idol. It's not just a singing contest. We're here to promote and launch a successful career of an idol who can sell lots and lots and lots of records...It's business...Look at the record sales of the last seven or eight idols. It's gone downhill with exception to Carrie Underwood.
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It's not rocket science, folks. Randy, J Lo, and Steve Tyler blew it when they used the save too early in the show. We knew they wasted it on someone who didn't have the full idol package. Perhaps someone should explain to Randy (again), J Lo, and Steve Tyler that this is American Idol. It's not just a singing contest. We're here to promote and launch a successful career of an idol who can sell lots and lots and lots of records...It's business...Look at the record sales of the last seven or eight idols. It's gone downhill with exception to Carrie Underwood.
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Shocking to say the least! Pia does have a strong voice, but needed to do somethingthan just stand there and sing the same kind of song, over & over. Looks aren't everything. She never acted like she was really into it, just expected to win! Needed to do more than just show up. & what kind of appropriate guest as Iggy Pop?? seriously? With so many young children in the audience, I thought the choice was a little inappropriate for the audience. Plus, what a has been.... couldn't sing back in the day, still can't. That was not entertainment. You all looked like fools last night!
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you all know what is happening here.It's attitude,and teenage girls burning up their cell phones voting for the guys they think are hot,girls are getting elilinated quickly because of this!Pia was the best singer they had,as well as Scotty and you know it.Pia was the whole package and Scotty is pure talent.Casey is lovable and Lauren has a great voice,and if you gave haley the right song,she would blow it out of the water.As for the rest of the contestants,what are you thinking?I will never understand why paul was ever there,James is no Adam Lampert or Daughtry,Jacob acts like a girl and sounds like he has cotton in his throat,and Stephano struggles every week to stay there.Either the show is rigged,women are jealous of Pia,or America has been brainwashed into believing what todays music is considered actual music,or we are all on drugs or something!Ban teenage girls from voting or limit their votes to ten,or you will never get another female Idol!
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