Pia Toscano was dubbed the early frontrunner of season 10 of “American Idol,” and many of us considered her a shoe-in for the finale if not the win.
“Perfect Pia” seemingly had it all going for her – talent, looks, stage presence, confidence – yet last night America’s vote sent her packing prematurely with a shocking 9th place finish.
This was déjà vu for many of us, bringing back memories of season 7 and Aussie-born Michael Johns’ 8th place exit after performing Aerosmith’s “Dream On.”
Some blame male voter apathy for Pia’s premature departure (they don’t vote with the ambition of the teenage female audience).
Another theory points to the fact that many viewers just don’t vote – something that many of the folks in my circle of family/friends are guilty of.
Or, could it be the blasé attitude of the New York audience, who don’t vote with the fervor of our Southern or Midwestern neighbors?
Judge Steven Tyler, in a post-show interview on the Fox channel, said, “Guys aren’t voting and girls are jealous [of Pia].”
Reactions from my group are varied:
Dennis S. (my son-in-law) suggests in a Facebook post he made that online voting is ruining “American Idol” as 16-year-old girls are stuffing the ballot boxes for their favorite boy toys and thus all the girls are being voted off one-by-one. His suggestion – “Stick to the phones, ‘Idol’!”
Diane D. of Bethpage says, “looks like the teeny boppers who vote for the cutest guy put Pia in the bottom three.”
Mary G. (my sister) wasn’t too upset with Pia’s departure, acknowledging Pia’s obvious talent, but she just never warmed up to her as a performer.
Tweens Nicky and Deanna T. of Lindenhurst were extremely disappointed; they felt that an extremely talented person went home way before her time. (Mom Gina, however, wasn’t so disappointed.)
My granddaughter Alex was very upset that one of her favorites, Pia, was eliminated. She told her dad that she really wanted Stefano to go home instead.
According to a post on mjsbigblog, “Twitter exploded Thursday night when American Idol 10 front runner, Pia Toscano was eliminated in a shocking boot. Not only did the fans let loose with their surprise and dismay, but many ex-Idols weighed in with their opinions as well.” Here are a few of the tweets she posted:
I'm truly going to miss my idol family! Thank you @JLo Randy and Steven for believing in me. Love you and love my fans!
All I can say is it wasn't right. And anyone that thinks they have a clue on how I feel or what I'm going thru as a PERSON, has NO idea...
Gotta Love those teenage girl crushes! LOL. Ahhhhhh.
I can not believe they just eliminated pia ! ReAlly..????
What the crap!!?? I thought Pia was THE best singer on the show this year!
Bad call tonight on Idol.
Man heard who got voted off of idol tonight. That is pretty shocking.
I hate that I just looked at Facebook/Twitter and I know who was sent home on #Idol. Boooo!
I'm genuinely shocked by the AI results tonight. That's all.
Damn!...Pia's hot when she cries too!..2 bad!..looks like the judges used their saves too early #americanidol
Why is it that America sends all the girls home? It makes me upset that the girls are equally as talented as the boy... http://say.ly/PKjeM5
I am shocked Pia was sent home!!!!???
I'm completely SHOCKED!!!! I cannot believe Pia just got eliminated!!!!!! WOW!!!!!
Way to go America. You apparently looked in the mirror then forgot to vote for the best singer.
With Pia’s early departure, “American Idol” will not be the same. With merely two gals left, will the female elimination trend (yes, five girls in a row were booted) come to an end next week? Will folks hold it against Casey Abrams for the early use of the judges’ one-time save? Will viewers hold it against the frequently “not safe” Stefano Langone for being the survivor in the last round of eliminations?
And will “American Idol” get the hint that entertainers like Iggy Pop don’t belong on the show!!!