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Nigel Lythgoe Insists Pia Was Never A Front Runner On Idol

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Because if we've learned anything from American Idol, we've learned that it's the British who understand us better than we understand ourselves.

Right, Simon Cowell?

Apparently, people are still talking about Pia Toscano getting booted from American Idol. We've tried to ease the blow by proving she'll be just fine on her own, and yet people are still upset. We don't really get it, but someone who understands less is Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe. The man behind the show knows exactly how America has been voting since day one and he is here to tell you that Pia was never poised to win it all, not by a long shot! He explained:

“I know the [voting] results, so I know she was never a frontrunner. The fact of the matter is that it appears that Pia didn’t connect with the audience as much as we maybe think she did. And she wasn’t voted through.”

Whomp, whomp.

We think it's time to move on anyway. Quit it with the voters remorse! Aren't there like, eight more people to obsess over still. They apparently got your votes so how about you start giving them a little attention!

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23 comments to “Nigel Lythgoe Insists Pia Was Never A Front Runner On Idol

  1. 1

    I was NEVER a fan of Pia's. Her voice is not interesting - she is a dime a dozen. She definitely doesn't connect with the audience. And somehow she seems off standish - like she has led a spoiled life. Those attributes would never have taken her far in this competition. She acted like she was untouchable and in the end she was - no one wanted to vote for her. :)

  2. 2

    She sounds like Christina with that over singing black southern baptist gospel voice modulation thingy. It sucks ass.

  3. 3

    Pia was boring. Boring doesn't motivate people to vote.

  4. 4

    No sh*t. She wasn't THAT good Pia fans and she had zero chance of winning.

    If she really is that talented and has a bunch of fans, then she'll do fine without the show (not likely).

  5. 5

    I don't buy it. The judges wouldn't have gotten upset if she wasn't a front runner. I think they're just doing damange control because they screwed up.

  6. 6

    I have to agree with him 100%. She did leave prematurely, but she was never going to win this competition, so it's not a big deal. I think the winner of this year's AI is very clear.

  7. 7

    Nobody cares.

  8. 8

    She is beautiful. Steven Tyler looked like he wanted to eat her up. She can sing, sure….very well. But she's also arrogant and was so sure of herself that she didn't connect with females. Never liked her and never voted for her.

  9. 9

    Well, she didn't connect with me neither. I think that she would be less irritable if she STOPPED MOVING HER HAND (!) in the same way over and over again!!! She was good technically but shouldn't be that stiff on stage!!! Someone should have told her that!!! It would really help her if she just tried to loosen up!!! I still think that you don't have to have a PERFECT voice and sing in a PERFECT pitch all the time to be an idol. Look at the real IDOLS - artists who are now considered LEGENDARY. They don't always have perfect voices but they do have personality, musical skills (TALENT) and stage presence. Take Kurt Cobain, for instance. God-like status, very talented, not always very good vocally BUT people loved him (me too). And there are many other artists like him. Let's be honest. The girls are not that good this year on American Idol, they all are playing it "too safe" for me. Strangely enough, my favorite one was Rachel Zevita and I preferred her cover version of 'Criminal' to Fiona Apple's original (and I love Fiona!)! Among the boys my favorite two are James and Casey (especially when he's playing bass while singing!). Wouldn't be surprised if either of them won!

  10. 10

    I don't watch idol.. but It really seems like this is a case where people just figured she'd be a shoe in.. and therefore opted out of voting. or figured enough people would vote for her.. so they'd vote their second choices..Idk tho.. just a hunch.

  11. 11

    lets see what are the 2 probs facing idol winners…hmmm. the show isnt on to market them after they win (now it will be for her), and 2: the winner never seems to have a career, and the ones who dont win do.

    guess they figured out how to deal with both of those. i think somethings up here. too good to be true.

  12. 12

    Re: magan2009 – the judges dont know any of the results,they are not told anything in that regard.

  13. 13

    The first time i heard Pia Toscano sing. I was like omg. her voice is amazing. she's definitely gonna win this. but since america doesn't know what real talent is. she didn't get through. america is stupid. Pia Toscano was the best singer this season for sure. the rest of the contestants suck and i will no longer be watching that shitty show. but then again american idol is for the losers. Pia Toscano is a winner so she doesn't need some shitty show to become famous. the rest of the contestants do because they suck. but Pia is just amazing. I love this girl. Pia is gonna make it big. Haters keep being jealous of the beautiful Pia.

  14. 14

    white_is_ugly - if AI is for the losers then Pia is also a loser because she was a part of this show like any other contestant. She is "famous" only because of this show, get it? You are being so immature just because "your" favorite didn't win. Turn off the TV and go to sleep.

  15. 15

    So much backlash over an elimination and all of a sudden the producer wants to tell us she was never a frontrunner to cover up the flawed ass voting system only means one thing DAMAgE CONTROL. she will do just find. AI has has 2 successful winners outta 9….pretty crappy rate if you ask me. The ones who get voted out before their time always make out better. she will be another one to make it !

  16. 16

    Pia is GORGEOUS and she is excellent. She is on par with Carrie Underfoot. You hates probably don't know class when you see it. She is far better than someone like Britnry Spears and with the right music and publicists she will go far. I am predicting Lauren will win but more stars should look and act like Pia!

  17. 17

    Re: SirTommyChadwick – I agree with you! I mean out of ALL the people who have won the only ones who are still doing well are Kelly Clarkson (barely but she has the Grammy's to back her up) and Carrie Underwood. I can't even remember who won last year. Winning AI means pretty much nothing these days.

  18. 18

    Re: tina2055Re: tina2055 – I agree with you. I would believe she wasn't a front runner. She was a beautiful girl with a strong voice but her performances really were bland.

  19. 19

    she wasnt that good. remember siobahn that you loved so much too? yeah well where is she now? too bad so sad

  20. 20

    if he is judging only by america votes, than that is where the system is flawed. the better singers are being voted off cuz they are female, and the people voting are tween girls, who are in "love" with the boys. it's pretty fucked up that talent doesnt count, and that is what nigel is not seeing.

  21. 21

    All the little teeney bopper bitches out there are jealous of her so they never voted for her that is what happened. So what, who cares??????? Get over it. Worry more on what is going on in this world not who was kicked off of Idol.

  22. 22

    Thank you someone for finally noticing. Yea she has a good voice, but I always felt kind of ambivalent towards her… That's why I never voted for her. And apparently, no one else did either.

  23. 23

    Pia had no personality, plain and simple. In my opinion, she always came off as arrogant and there was never any emotion is her otherwise flawless voice. Haley is the best girl in this, because she doesn't just have a great voice - she's modest and she's got soul. Though Pia is beautiful, there was just nothing behind the surface - she was singing to hear herself sing, not to reach out to others. Just my opinion.