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article imageAmerican Idol shocks fans with Pia Toscano elimination

By Kim I. Hartman     Apr 7, 2011 in Entertainment
Los Angeles - Pia Toscano, 22, a fan favorite who was predicted by many to be the next winner of American Idol, was surprisingly eliminated tonight after finding herself in the bottom three with Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk.
Randy Jackson summed up this week's performances of rock and roll classics last night when he stated "No one is safe this week" and encouraged fans to vote for their favorite American Idol contestant.
Pia Toscano fans failed to show their support in the polls landing her in the bottom three after the voting results for the Top 9 were announced by host Ryan Seacrest.
Toscano, a Howard Beach, NY native, has thrilled fans week after week since her audition in New Jersey with songs ranging from Bruno Mars's Grenade, Alicia Keys's Doesn't Mean Anything to the Pretender's I'll Stand By You.
Her surprising elimination was not well received by American Idol judge Jennifer Lopez who said "she was shocked and angry" over the outcome. Randy Jackson said she was one of the best singers this season and although he never gets upset over the fans decisions "he was mad" tonight.
When the votes were announced this week, Idol contestants who remained on the "safe couch" were Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina, who are both liked by formal Idol judge Ellen Degeneres, Jacob Lusk, Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, James Durbin, Stefano Langone and Paul McDonald.
McDonald continues to receive enough votes to stay in the competition each week from American Idol fans following the "Vote for the Worst" website's suggestion to cast your votes for who they deem the least talented and quirkiest performer.
With Pia's shocking departure from the show, the eight remaining contestants will continue next Wednesday night for their shot at becoming the 10th American Idol.
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