Pia Toscano, who of course is a former makeup artist, is singing "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" on "American Idol" tonight. She has an ear for the crowd-pleasers.
She comes out and owns the stage. She's sincere, powerful, controlled. Can't wait for the chorus on this . . . no subtlety here, she just blasts it out. There's a fierceness to her. It doesn't soar, actually, which would've fit the song better.
Nothing super original, just another big performance. She's like spaghetti with meatballs -- you know what you're getting, it's always good, so why not.
"A good song makes me cry inside," says Steven Tyler, "that's about as good as it gets." Jennifer Lopez says she "felt you more than I have before," while Randy Jackson says "you've sung a ballad every time, and you've slayed it every time."
"Pia was great, once again," Randy concludes, before throwing in something about do something different, "step on the elevator of love."
She says afterward she's hoping to sing, "River Deep, Mountain High" next week.