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Glitch In The System? Was Pia Really Voted Off American Idol Last Night?

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Those of you who have vowed to never watch American Idol again after last night's elimination, listen up. Supposedly, the whole thing could have been avoided.

If you haven't been watching AI this season, you're unfazed by the fact that Pia Toscano was eliminated last night, when many people had her pegged to win the whole thing. The fans were shocked. The judges were floored. Ryan Seacrest almost cried!

Okay, that didn't happen, but it was a pretty emotional evening, one that could have possibly been avoided. Sources are reporting that there might have been a glitch in the online voting system that actually cost Pia votes. Viewers have complained that when trying to vote for the singer via the show's website, their votes wouldn't register. One couple admits to having to reload the page five times before being able to process a vote. And honestly, who is that invested in the show that they'd stick around that long to get a vote in.

So, could Pia have been saved? Possibly…but then again, remember, America voted off Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry. It happens!

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51 comments to “Glitch In The System? Was Pia Really Voted Off American Idol Last Night?”



  1. 1

    Sorry, she got voted off because she was boring. She was always the one I was least looking forward to watching because she sang everything kind of long winded and operatic. I kept wishing Simon was the to call her out on the whole pretentious act she had going.

    I have a request, can someone please come up with a name for that stupid, limp hand waving and reaching gesture some of these diva-wannabe singers do? She was the queen of doing that, it was her only stage move and every time I saw her arm hand raise up and down like she was trying to hypnotize a cobra I wanted to cut it off. If she had hung around any longer, the only way I could have watched her was to make a drinking game out of that gesture.



  2. 2

    Really, who cares? If she's that good of a singer, then she'll get a contract anyway. How many past winners do we even still hear about? Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood are really the only successful 'Idol' winners. Look at Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Chris Daughtry, and a handful of others who have had some success in the aftermath of their time on the show.



  3. 3

    strange though, DIAL IDOL, which is normally right about who is one the bottom, and WHO IS SAFE, Had PIA SAFE, They (measure phone calls) only had 3 singers safe) are rarely wrong and I don't know when the last time they have been wrong.



  4. 4

    She is a great singer - but I agree she was boring!!



  5. 5

    Re: maejones – Lol!



  6. 6

    Here is where the "save" coulda been handy, instead they save Susan Boyles son….who i hate. I will not watch the show anymore…the only other one I like is Scott.



  7. 7

    Yes she bored me and forwarded through her performance every week. Along with half of the people left…. Is Mario only saying this because she is latin?



  8. 8

    Re: maejones – Haha, last night as we watched the group performance we talked about that hand thing and how we should do a drinking game of it; turns out we won't need to.



  9. 9

    Re: maejones – i 100% agree!! Yes, she was an amzing singer but isn't the competition more than just a good voice? Don't you need charisma? Stage presence? Excitment? Even some movement for that matter?? She sings beautifully, I wish I could sing like that BUT she just isn't as entertaining as the rest. Honestly, who would wanna go to the Pia Toscano concert to watch a 2 hour set of boring ballads sung well??? She was voted off for a reason!! She wasn't the whole package. Sorry Pia maybe next time……



  10. 10

    Why is it so hard to believe that Pia was not everyone's "favorite". As talented as she is vocally, she was not my favorite. Perhaps, if the judges had been giving effective criticism all of these weeks, instead of just praising her, telling her how AMAZING she is all the time, they could have helped her sooner to become more personable. How many weeks in a row did she stand in one spot and sing a ballad? Excellent as it was, nobody wants to pay money to go see someone in concert that has no diversity. Then, weeks into this, she finally went out of her comfort zone a little too late with an up-beat song… but it happened on a week when absolutely everyone else in the group did a really great job too. Nobody did poorly… so then it has to come down to personality/likability. I think it was just a little too late for her personality to come alive, because other ones had emerged as personal favorites based on the whole package. Yes, Pia was probably the best vocally. But, there's more to being an "IDOL"… it's the whole package.



  11. 11

    I didn't like Pia because she was boring and seemed snobby. But I don't agree that she was the worst this week. Stephano should have gone home.



  12. 12

    I haven't watched this season of AI, so I had no clue who she was, but her elimination blew up my news feed last night on FB. So I YouTubed her to see what the big deal about her was, and to be honest, I wasn't impressed. Not a bad singer..just not very interesting. I do agree with some of the comments that AI is no longer a guaranteed starmaker. I mean, who remembers the last two seasons' winners or knows what they're doing now?



  13. 13

    As much as I like the new judges… they really need to step up and start doing the job they are there to do. And that's to give them all a true critique. There's nothing wrong with constructive criticism. All of these kids are really talented in their own ways… and they are all so different. So, it's up to the judges to help make them BETTER, not just tell them every single week… "you're amazing"… "you're in it to win it"… etc. Perhaps they could have HELPED Pia get a little farther in the competition that way.



  14. 14

    JHud was top eight when she was voted off, I think, and Daughtry made it to top five. I could definitely be wrong. But I stopped watching Idol every single week, bcz the judges are always trying to be nice and positive. This is not a high school talent show!

    No one is that good, even this Pia. I watched last night for about 45 minutes. Ugh! They were covering classic rock stars' famous hits, and doing a terrtible job of pure imitation.

    Simon always wanted the AI contestants to re-imagine a song, take it up another level, do it differerent. Like when Chris Allen did Kanye West's Heartless. Or Adam did Tracks of my Tears. This group of AI contestants & judges are clueless. Not worth watching.



  15. 15

    Idol is a horrible show that should have only lasted a year.
    Winners end up being the losers. Getting voted off is "Winning"



  16. 16

    that wasn't fair, she was the best singer of the bunch. and she wasn't boring. it's a singing competition not a dance competition. she was just being her. it's definitely a big glitchy mistake. stefano should of gone home not pia. but whatever. look at chris daughtry. he got voted off and he's very successful to this very day. pia toscano doesn't need american idol. with that beautiful voice that she has. she can get successful on her own just like chris daughtry. since she's already been discovered and people know about her. american idol is for losers and pia is a winner. the rest of the contestants suck except for scotty & lauren those are the only 2 good ones left. if they leave haha then this is the worst season ever.



  17. 17

    Pia was boring. I would not buy her album no matter how much control over her voice she has.



  18. 18

    Pia was easily the most talented and most beautiful person on the show. She will be the next Celine Dion. She should have won. this is bullshit.



  19. 19

    A system problem would affect everyone equally. Unless the problem was related to a bug specifically with her record, a problem that affected her would have affected everyone else just as well, meaning everyone got less votes.



  20. 20

    Re: jakealex12 – she's not Latin. She's Italian you idiot.



  21. 21

    I am very glad she got voted off! She has a dime a dozen voice and easily replaced. We have our Celine Dion's etc….who are far superior. She really wasn't everything that the judges were making her out to be. Nothing out of the ordinary … there are way more interesting voices in the other contestants.

  22. Merab says – reply to this


    22

    AI is booring



  23. 23

    We already have Celine Dion , Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Don't get me wrong. She was one of my favorite in IDOL. Week every week pass by and she get's boring and boring. No charisma at all. IDOL is all about package. She's hot and great voice and missing charisma to audience.



  24. 24

    I would drink her bath water



  25. 25

    She was actually the only one I watched. I fast forward on my tivo to see her. But she will get to record an album anyway, so it is no big deal. If she is lucky she will get some good material and good producers and be able to make a career out of it.



  26. 26

    whenever anyone unexpected gets voted off any contest its always because of a 'glitch' - it never comes to anything.
    whats more likely is that because everyone thought she was so hugely popular she would have enough fans who would vote her through so they didnt bother to vote. it happens a lot.



  27. 27

    Re: booski – are you for real…Celine Dion, Pia could never come close



  28. 28

    Pia's voice is crystal clear and had this been the early 90's, she'd still have a carreer, sadly, she's so perfect she's boring me to tears. It was no mistake.



  29. 29

    I blame the relentless power voting by tween girls rooting for their favorite "cute boy with guitar". The major glitch in the voting system is that AI doesn't limit the number of votes per line, like Dancing With The Stars. The winner isn't based on the amount of PEOPLE they attract, just by the fanatic voting of a of select demographic. I think this is why record sales from the past several "cute boy with guitar" winners have been plummeting. Those girls may vote, but at the end of the day they'll only buy one album each, vs. a mass number of people buying one album each.
    I also blame the judges for over-praising each contestant. Yeah they're all really talented, but the audience needs some guidance. If they though Pia getting voted out was outrageous, maybe they should've pushed harder for her instead of basically leading the audience to believe that someone like Paul was equally awesome.



  30. 30

    this always happens whena fav is voted off….. GLITCH in the system…….



  31. 31

    I Agree with those of you that say That winning AI doesn't mean you're going to be a hit sensation! I been watching AI since the beginning and Pia, James and Lauren stood out to me. I Honestly thought they were going to be top 3! I could see where those of you who say she was boring are coming from aswell. She needed to work on her stage presence alil more but singing ballads had NOTHING to do with it, look at Leona Lewis! won X-Factor and has an amazing career! I think she left too soon! I personally think she desired to be top 5 atleast! I think there are others in the competition that should've been eliminated before her.



  32. 32

    Re: white_is_ugly – i'm sorry but YOU are boring



  33. 33

    it's time for not just a singer to win. winner needs to be a whole musician, someone cool. the ones that won with just a good voice never made it anywhere. with the exception of carrie underwood, but she had a whole market to go after (country) so it made her kind of unique. pia was just plain and boring. the simple girl with straight hair. booring
    i voted for paul and casey, at lease you can see they would make decent music in the future.



  34. 34

    She wasn't "voted off" …people vote for their favorite, not who should go home. This isn't Survivor. People keep acting like she did something wrong and is being punished for it. She would have gone much further in a Miss America pageant.



  35. 35

    Nevermind the fact that Pia was boring as all holy hell. She could sing, but there was no personality there and all of the ballads got dull and predictable.



  36. 36

    Re: maejones – oh my god you took the words right out of my mouth everything you said is exactly what i have been saying and was about to post it but dont have to now,she drove me nuts.



  37. 37

    SHE WAS DEAD BORING….a great voice and good looks aren't all it takes to make it!! She had the personality of a wet mop! I was thrilled she was finally voted off and was disturbed at the uproar it seemed to cause.

    Poor little cute Stephano, can you imagine how he felt watching the backlash of voting off Pia…poor guy!

    Glad she's finally gone.



  38. 38

    She is GORGEOUS and she can definitely sing but she is so BORING! They asked her to move around a little and perform more and THAT is what she came up with?! Sorry Pia, but you still are a very very good singer! I voted for Jacob!



  39. 39

    Re: white_is_ugly – it is not just a singing competition,nobody ever said that but people keep claiming it.its about the whole package,its about being likable ,its called american IDOL not american singer.theres more to that than just singing so she got voted off because of that.



  40. 40

    If Tom Hooper was smart, he would cast her as Eponine in the movie Musical of Les MIz. If the chick can act like she can sing, she would rock it!



  41. 41

    NO, there was no glitch, she was boring and sang the same type of songs, your ass was voted off, get over it! And LOL @ her needing the medical attention because her ass couldn't handle the elimination! REALLY??? LOL! Good gravy.



  42. 42

    I don't know anyone who liked her. She is very boring and has a typical female singer voice. Nothing special about her at all. She has the personality of a shoe.



  43. 43

    I'm sick of these jersey shore italian american chicks. They all have vd anyways.



  44. 44

    She is beautiful and a great singer, but I never thought she would actually win, and nothing to do with the online vote system. It was as everybody is saying: complacency/overconfidence of her fans, a terrible unlimited text voting system skewing towards young men singers (and not even just the really cute young ones like Kris Allen — Lee Dewyze was fug), and that sadly, she was boring.

    I like(d) her much more than any of the rest of them overall, but her song choices were awful — it's impressive that she can sing these ballads like this, but I never really wanted to listen to any of them ever again. I wish she had chosen something that's actually radio-friendly like Taking Chances (was on Glee, Kara DioGuardi, Katherine McPhee), where she could show off her voice and still sing something the audience would like to hear. She is way better than Haley, but at least Haley really let loose on a few of those songs in a way that Pia never did.

    I wish there were a Crystal Bowersox this season, too bad her debut CD only had a few good songs.

  45. Bevi says – reply to this


    45

    Oh she could sing but I have to agree with so many others that she was really boring. The hand thing got to me too. I was dreading when she would get around to doing another Whitney song. I hate that kind of singing, even on Whitney. It was almost too much to hope that she would be eliminated and I wouldn't have to listen to her anymore, but SHE WAS! Miracles do happen.



  46. 46

    who cares? It's fixed anyways.



  47. 47

    Have you ever thought that those with the most talent such as Hudson or Daughtry and now this Pia girl are actually ditched because being the AI winner will damage a career more then help it? Seems the really really go ones it happens too.



  48. 48

    none of the girls have a chance in hell in winning as long as the tween mean girls overload the circuits and vote for their wanna be babay daddys. its sick and idol is no more than a joke now. unless they start incorporating judges feedback (they need to let them score contestants like on dancing w/stars), this show will never produce a hit singer again. they havent produced a successful winner since carrie underwood and this is the reason why.



  49. 49

    Re: bep1976 – Agree with all of this except the fact that Adam Lambert is super successful, and he came after Carrie Underwood. Though, he was only the runner-up.



  50. 50

    exactly the chick was boring. Great singer and pretty, but hwne you're performing a Tina Turner song kill it! cuz Tina brought here energy to every song. Plus pia claimed this was going to be something really different. and she just stood there



  51. 51

    The Idol judges absolutely suck this season. "you killed it", "you owned that stage", "you really brought it tonight"…..really??? Last Wednesday the only criticism they offered was to Pia, and it came first from that hypocritical bitch JBlow. So Pia gets voted off and JBlow cries??? Those were tears of joy because JBlow was probably jealous that that Pia had a voice JBlow could only dream of having. I BLAME THE JUDGES,,,they suck this year. Idol has jumped the shark, I won't watch any more, I could absolutely care less about any of the contestants, I honestly don't even know their names. I only refer to them in conversation by their obnoxious traits,,,,the fat femmy black guy, when idiot with the fake white teeth, the country boy who can't stop smirking, the annoying chick who screams, the latin kid who looks like he's crapping a bowling ball when he sings cause he's trying so hard not to squeeze his eyes shut when he sings. Idol has lost its appeal, see ya!