I don’t know what was more shocking, seeing Pia Toscano get eliminated or watching a shirtless Iggy Pop perform. I’m calling it a draw. On April 7, 2011, Toscano was eliminated from American idol. The result shocked the judges. Toscano was one of the favorites to win the competition. The judges praised her talents. Unfortunately, Toscano may have fallen victim to a voting bias towards male contestants. This result may lead the American Idol producers to rethink the voting process.
Toscano’s story is not over. History has shown that losers on the show can still be big winners. Stars such as Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry have had very successful careers after losing American Idol. Daughtry started off his career with a bang by recording back-to-back number one albums. Hudson also had success in the music industry. But her crowning achievement was winning an Oscar for her singing/acting performance in Dreamgirls (2006). Both artists continue to have success in the industry. Toscano hopes to follow their lead.
American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez called Toscano the “total package”. She has the talent and looks to be a superstar. Beautiful and talented, Toscano reminds me of former American Idol winner Carrie Underwood. Underwood’s album sales have been astronomical. Her album Some Hearts is the best-selling album by an Idol contestant. As of 2009, it has sold 6,720,000 copies. Toscano has the potential to be that good.
For this reason, American Idol is trying to keep Toscano in the spotlight. You can still find plenty of videos of her on the American Idol web site. Toscano will also be a part of the American Idol summer tour. But the publicity doesn’t stop there. People magazine is reporting that Toscano is dating Dancing with the Stars professional dancer Mark Ballas. Whether that’s true or not, this is a major publicity move for both shows. Dancing with the Stars is one of the most popular shows on television. Though the two shows compete against each other, they are perfectly happy to work together to create more buzz around their shows. Ballas was in the American Idol audience recently. Host Ryan Seacrest even gave him some air time. Toscano will soon be singing on Dancing with the Stars.
Pia Toscano is not going away . She looks and performs like a star. Whether or not she becomes a star remains to be seen. Much like the American Idol show, it will once again be up to you.
TheHumanSlinky, “Pia Toscano, Best of American Idol 2011“, youtube.com
Jodi Bradbury, “Pia Toscano: Next stop will be Dancing with the Stars“, csmonitor.com