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Pia After 'Idol' -- 'Everyone Was Sobbing'

4/8/2011 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Pia Toscano and the rest of the "American idol" finalists were a crying mess after the 22-year-old's shocking elimination last night -- sources connected with the show tell TMZ.

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"Everyone was sobbing" after the show, says one of our "Idol" spies.  We're told Pia was probably the most popular contestant among the contestants, and, "They were totally bummed out she was leaving."

The contestants -- sans Pia -- showed up for the "Kiss Off Dinner" at a restaurant in L.A.  Pia made her entrance after everyone was seated  ... followed by tears, more tears, and then one of the producers put it in perspective to make it all better, saying, "The point of 'Idol' is to launch careers.  Pia, you're launched."

We're told Pia didn't check out of the "Idol" hotel last night, but she'll be out of there today.

UPDATE: Apparently, Pia ran out of tears, because earlier today she was seen out in L.A. with a big, fat smile on her face.

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166.

Patricia_pinoy    

i really can't understand why she was voted off this early. she is one of the front-runners, she had proved her way and talent far beyond what we all expected. she started coming out of her shell. her voice depicts one of those who have come to be so timeless. her voice is something that you want to hear over and over again.. there are a few now who has that unique and versatile voice.

look at her, when she was announced to be at the bottom three, she handled it with so much class, humility and dignity. what really freaked me out is that all of her fellow contestants were all dumbstruck upon learning she is sent off but there's this haley who pretended not to be happy at all but the smile on her face was really obvious and she even tried leaning back so the camera won't catch that look.

there might have been some ridiculous error or whatsoever that made her out of the competition but there she goes out of idol stage and ready to conquer other bigger stages to perform. i am so sure that she will land a career as such of celine dion, whitney houston, beyonce and the other powerbelter singers.

No regrets of waking up so early just to catch the live stream of American Idol for Pia. Just wish her well and GO GIRL AND ROCK THE WORLD WITH YOUR AMAZING VOICE!

1189 days ago
167.

Veronica    

Pia is thee ONLY reason I kept watching American idol this season. The last time I watched American idol was when Kelly Clarkson won. Pia has the most talent and I know without a doubt she will make it big time. Everyone else left on the show IS talented BUT PIA has been blessed with a voice of an angel. I'm done watching American idol.

1189 days ago
168.

LadyBeagles    

Pia was a mimic and that's about it. America got it right I was actually expecting her to go last week afer yet another Boring performance. Las Vegas Lounge Act, One trick pony and if you watched Pia she can't dance either.The other contestants are willing to step it up a little. I am not surprised at all about Pia's departure and no its not gender related....America wants to be entertained.

1189 days ago
169.

heffley    

As a senior watching American Idol for entertainment . I am not surprised that Pia was sent home. She's a beautiful singer, beautiful woman,but not a good entertainer (yet). I barely remember her performances from week to week. Judges definitely owe an apology to the remaining contestants for the judges inappropriate behaviours on elimination night. I almost felt like I got slapped in the face by the judges - imagine how the remaining contestants felt.

1189 days ago
170.

Tiredofthe BS    

Am I the only one that noticed that Haley was all too excited that Pia was voted off? She seemed almost giddy and more interested in seeing herself on camera than caring who got voted off. To be honest, she hasn't been all that interesting just lucky.

1189 days ago
171.

Shay    

The judges tried to convince us to like Pia. Every week they told her how gorgeous and beautiful she was. I thought that was very wrong since they never fawned over the other female contestants the same way. The public got tired of hearing how gorgeous she was. I think she yelled a lot like little kids who are trained for the stage. I think she looks okay but is not gorgeous. Her singing is nice but nothing special. The judges tried to make us think she was "all that". Didn't work.

1189 days ago
172.

Mara    

Pia deserved to go. She was glam, slef-induglent, with no stage presence at all. And to take on a Tina Turner song...sorry... Tina oozes music from her every fiber when she sings and Pia just doesn't have it. As far as Haley laughing... remember the editing and producing factor. She was shocked and probably caught on camera at the wrong time. Haley has talent and stage presence. She may not win, but I don't believe everything TV shows me...it's all produced.

1188 days ago
173.

Shread    

All the NY Guidos are losing their minds screaming "not fair"! Not Fair? I say total BS because Pia was a lounge singer at best with average looks. The show tried to hype her as being great but America did NOT buy it. Maybe that's why the Music Industry is over..... Because all these out of touch suits have no clue. Keep blaming the Internet and downloads for the downfall of the business when the real problem is the jerks running the business and lame artists like Pia getting shoved down the publics throats. Randy & J-Lo ( another example of zero talent w a big a$$) needs to get a grip. I think Steven gets it but he's too nice a person to go there.
America voted and Pia went bye bye.

1188 days ago
174.

Paul    

Loved Pia, not going to watch AI ever again, such bull**** voters out there! Wish Aussies could vote !

1188 days ago
175.

WARLOCK1    

**ALL YOU HYPOCRITS ARE A BUNCH OF TROLLS**

1188 days ago
176.

Jennie    

I was very sad to see Pia get sent home, sure maybe she didnt put on the best "show" yet out of all the contestants but she definitely had the best voice... Haley and Stefano dont have what it takes to be on American Idol and they really need to go! I think since the judges got 1 save we as fans should've got 1 too!

1188 days ago
177.

ME    

she was easily the best! AI FAIL! savepia.com

1188 days ago
178.

Raquel Klein    

Pia had the whole package, stop f***ing hating! She will get a record deal REGARDLES!!!

1188 days ago
179.

ross    

post # 33 - you definately hit the nail on the head as the so called "voting" process is flawed and not representative of the folks actually watching the program. I am not just talking about Pia's dismissal as this pattern has been in play for some time now. The show reinvented itself this year with a new judging panel, expedited process to Hollywood week, less nonsense while combing the country for talent and more nuetral judging feedback. Yet at midseason the show is in total disarray with the unprofessional reaction of the judges at the center of attention. They were blown away by the "vote" and unable to contain themselves which signals to the remaining folks that they do not deserve to be there. This in turn sparked an outrage that went viral while gathering a lot of negative press. In an apparent effort toward damage control Pia now has a record deal which has never happened in past years while the show is still in progress. The show has had a 10 year run and could be nearing its shelf expiration date. Regardless of how you feel about Pia's musical stylings you have to admit the girl has some "pipes" and can belt it out. While her premature departure is incorrect that is not really the problem but rather the symptom of the actual problem. Idol needs to fix the voting or it will cease to exist...

1188 days ago
180.

More Cowbell    

What's with everyone writing novel long comments on this?

Hint: Short/brief & get to the point comments are appreciated by many on this site. War & Peace-like length of comments are not necessary on TMZ.

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