'American Idol:' Pia Toscano Had a Bad Feeling About Elimination Night

by Hilary Rothing, posted Apr 8th 2011 1:40PM
While the rest of us are still in a state of disbelief over last night's shocking elimination of 'American Idol' front-runner Pia Toscano, the Howard Beach singer says she saw it coming -- in a premonition.

In a conference call this afternoon, Pia Toscano told the press she had a bad feeling about elimination night: "The night before, I had a weird feeling in my stomach. I felt good about my performance but I said to my parents, 'I kind of feel like I'm going to be in the bottom three tomorrow.' I kind of like expected it, it was weird."

The singer couldn't attribute the hunch to anything in particular, as she felt good about her first up tempo performance, the Tina Turner classic, "River Deep, Mountain High."

In the 12 hours since Toscano's elimination, there's been much speculation as to what exactly led to her ousting. Everything from an unstoppable tween-girls voting block to the judges' lack of critical guidance to rigged results from the producers has been tossed around. But the woman at the center of the drama simply shrugged off her elimination.

"I really don't know," said Pia. "There's no exact formula."

Like those who graciously went before her, Pia was quick with the handy "it was just my time to go" and "everything happens for a reason," stock answers. And on the matter of the man who took the save that some say rightfully belonged to Pia, she was confident the judges made the right move.

"Casey deserved that save" said Pia. "It wasn't his time to go, and he's such a incredible musician and singer." Asked if the judges confided in her about possibly using their one save too early, the trio told her they "wished they could have done something," but whether or not they regret the move, remains a mystery.

And what of her bottom-three companions, in particular Stefano Langone, whom most thought was a sure shot to go home last night?

"Stefano is a very good friend of mine and he's an incredible person," Pia said. "The whole time I was sitting in the bottom three, he kept saying 'You're not going anywhere, it's me.' but he deserves to be in the top 8 right now. Everything happens the way it's supposed to happen."

Many would disagree with her on that one, but on the matter of her song choices throughout the competition, there's been some debate. Did Toscano regret the decision to switch it up, at Randy's request, leading into her elimination?

"It's nobody's fault," she said. "The judges were right, I needed to mix it up. It wasn't even out of my comfort zone because back home, I was doing the up tempo stuff more than the ballads. I needed to get more comfortable on stage. I am a little shy, and I do get stage fright."

And it was clear Pia was shaken and emotional after the news of her elimination came down. "I was really just trying to stay composed. It was really emotional. It's scary being up there, you lose years off your life, it's terrifying...Your mind goes blank and it's was such a blur."

So much so that Pia needed the assistance of a medic to make it off stage.

Now somewhat recovered from the shock, Pia told the press she's looking forward to the tour this summer and the wealth of opportunities that her 'American Idol' experience has brought her. Pia, whose been trying out for 'Idol' since season 5, also encouraged fans to keep watching the show, as many have sworn if off after last night's events.

Though surely, Pia Toscano's endorsement would mean more if she were still on 'American Idol.'


'American Idol' airs Wednesdays and Thursdays at 8PM ET on FOX.

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