In some ways, I’m more shocked by tonight’s result than Casey Abrams getting the fewest votes two weeks ago.
Pia Toscano is a goner. She was an early favorite, has been seriously considered a contender to win or at least make the top 5. Instead, she’s the fifth woman in a row to leave the show (Casey getting saved, notwithstanding.)
I’m trying to figure out what happened to be honest. This is up there with Chris Daughtry leaving season five. It’s the type of departure that may result in a lot of people refusing to watch the show again.
“I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t know what to say,” Jennifer Lopez said.
“I never get mad. This makes me mad!” Randy Jackson said.
“America. A mistake is one thing, but lack of passion is unforgivable,” Steven Tyler said.
On the Zap2It “Idol” panel, not a single person picked Pia to go home. The consensus? Stefano Langone. He was in the bottom two. Jacob Lusk was in the bottom three, too, and many considered him vulnerable as well, especially after his arrogant comment that folks who don’t get him should look in the mirror themselves, ahem.
I honestly thought she was a shoo-in for the top 5 and had a very real chance of winning.
Russell Brand, Lynyrd Skynrd cover, a visit to TMZ, Constantine Maroulis, Iggy Pop. This was one strange night across the board.
Pia’s obvious faults are her basic dull personality and inability to move on the stage. She’s pretty and has an amazing voice. The latter two strengths helped carry Katharine McPhee season five to the top two.
Conspiracy theorists now think the voting is rigged in some way. I can’t imagine the producers would get rid of Pia now by choice. But maybe the online voting has altered the demographics of the voting somehow – against anyone who likes the ladies.
Perhaps we should start a “Save the Idol Girls” campaign next week!
Here were the Cover it Live polling results during the show:
Iggy Pop’s “Real Wild Child” 91% hated it
The group sing mash-up of “Sweet Home Alabama” with “I Love Rock and Roll”: 75% considered it sacreligious
Who has the worst facial expressions singing? 74% for Jacob, 16% for Scotty, 5% James
Ford commercial: 50% liked it, 50% didn’t
Stefano announced in bottom three: 66% thought he was going home at this point
Constantine’s “Unchained Melody” 26% liked it, 76% didn’t
Gwen Stefani’s styling choices: 85% hated it
Pia in bottom three: 66% shocked
After bottom three named, only 13% thought Pia would go home while 63% opted for Stefano (and were wrong)
TMZ bit: 37% found it funny, 21% thought it could have been snarkier, 42% hate TMZ
Pia leaving: 72% deemed this terrible