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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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tracey mallard    

who really thinks as i have said before that a television show like american idol is actually going to let the viewers actually judge who they want to win? the show already knew this girl had a deal in the works and probably let her know later that she wasnt going to be needed as the next american idol. This is a million dollar corporation there is no way theyre gonna let viewers tell them who to choose as the american idol when so much money is riding on the line of the winner. They tell you to vote so you'll continue to watch the show and then they lie about how many millions of votes were given!!! what do they have backstage a telephone vote counting machine? Pia willdo just fine please theyve already taken care of her probably jimmy iovine who has big wheels rolling in the music business.

1230 days ago
197.

Jan    

Pia does have a great voice but she can only sing one type of song. Boring!!! She never moved and just waved her arms up and down like she was going to take flight. When she finally sang an up tempo song she could not move with the music, she does not have any rhythm. Hopefully her new boyfriend Mark can give her some dance lessons and teach her how not to look like a stiff person on stage. Glad she is gone, do not pick on poor Stephano, that guy with the flowered suit who cannot sing at all should have gone home.

1230 days ago
198.

tracey mallard    

do you really think the voting process is in the hands of the general public? i mean really a million dollar corporation like amercican idol is going to pick who they think is going to make the most money for them, the music business hasnt listened to the public in over 40 years, theyre too busy trying to corrupt the music business rather than give the people what they really would want. Pia is in jimmy iovine hands and she probably was from the beginning and american idol knew that and they know who ever they pick now they will under represent them just like they did that blusey singer a couple of seasons ago! even if you vote its only a ratings gimmick to see if the public is really watching this show. they wouldnt know otherwise. your vote doesnt matter they just need you to watch and see who the powers that be at american idol are going to make money for them knowing that the whole music business is going to the toilet, and rock and roll and real r&b is on life support!! pretty soon radio staions that play real music wont exist anymmore..

1230 days ago
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Peter Venter    

There is one thing that American Idols has proved, and that is America has certainly got talent - and Pia is no exception. I, as one of many South Africans who watch this popular show, was dumfounded and angry that the Amercan public decided to reduce a beautiful young lady with a stunning voice to tears. I cant believe that the American voters are that stupid not to recognise raw talent when they see and hear it. Hang in there Pia. Your time will come and those who did not vote for you will eat humble pie.
I sincerely hope that the producers of this popular show will not allow this accure again, for the sake of the contestants who deserve to be in the final.

1229 days ago
200.

Marty    

First of all, tell me that Pia Toscano does NOT look like Morticia Addams! Actually, Morticia Addams had more moves to her in that mermaid dress than Pia ever showed on stage. I find it hard to believe that EVERYONE was so choked up about Pia's departure. People are so sure she was the fan favorite to win this but even the producers commented she has had consistently low votes in the competition. This may not have reflected on what viewers saw on TV but I bet people ASSUMED that each week Pia had the most. Well, remember what happens with assumtions: You make an ASS out of U and ME. She's gone, good riddence!

1229 days ago
201.

James    

Pia is the BEST!!! No one comes close to her talent. I am happy that she is signing a record deal with Jimmy Iovine's company. She already appeared on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. With her gone only second-rate talent is left. Steven Tyler said Pia “was the closet thing in the competition to a star.” Jennifer Lopez said several times, "at the end of the day, it's about singing." Jimmy Iovine said, "Pia was born with a powerful instrument." He rushed to sign her before another record company scooped her up. The other piece, such as moving on the stage, can easily be learned. Having a powerful voice is something you are born with. It is not something you can learn, like moving on the stage. Pia said herself that she had it in her to move on the stage. She proved this during her last performance, before she was unjustly voted off. She will go a lot further than the person who wins the competition this year. Some of the girls here made negative remarks about Pia simply because they are jealous of her looks. Some of the guys here made negative remarks about Pia simply because they know they can never get a girl as beautiful as her. It is too bad the teenage girls have to ruin it for the girls in this competition. The voting system is definitely flawed.

1229 days ago
202.

Linda    

Sorry Guys,

I felt bad Pia got booted. They should have gotten rid of Jason or one of the others. Jason is good but he does alot of screaming when he sings and it gives me a headache. Pia was pleasing on the eyes and had a beautiful voice. She will go far without being picked as the new American Idol.

Some people just don't recognize good talent even if they fell over it!!

1229 days ago
203.

becky    

she wasn't all that amazing, yes i believe she had a great voice but she just didn't win america's vote and thats what this competition is all about....righhht? and c'mon to be honest she looks and acted quite like a barbie. BORING

1228 days ago
204.

Azis Abdul    

Pia? She was complete next diva. I guess she just need to find her unique apperance. And without being next American Idol, You still can learn anything in singing. The real idol is always perform their best. And you can prove it Pia! Gone from idol stage, welcome to recording! :) Wish you can accept your grammy next as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie did! Good Luck Pia!

1228 days ago
205.

vdavis    

Anytime you can vote off Jennifer Hudson, then you know AI is fixed!Pia is pretty, Hollywood will scoop her up, it's not the end of the world!

1228 days ago
206.

chartman    

i sure wasn't crying. actually i was laughing and saying yes. America got it right. she was good but not good enough to win. James has the talent, however his twitching of the eyes is very distracting. please someone find him a doctor. the panel is absolutely worthless. as always dawg randy same old crap, pitchy, karoke whatever and he thinks jacob has talent, old man time to hang up your boots your ready to retire. jlo pushes too hard, pia didn't have it when it came to an up tempo, steve just salavates over the girls and guys. think he is ac/dc.

1227 days ago
207.

Carolyn    

Pia is the most talented singer who has ever been on Idol, in my opinion. No other contestant eliminated this season has been invited into the recording studio the very next day to sign a record deal--to me that says quite a lot. In regard to her being "boring," people seem to forget that the exact same things were said of Carrie Underwood in Season 4. Carrie was criticized for just standing there singing with no stage presence, etc. But country singers seem to enjoy an advantage on Idol for some reason and Carrie had Simon Cowell to help promote her. Also, the judges erred by wasting their save on Casey Abrams. That was very foolish of them and I don't believe Simon Cowell would ever have gone along with it. We know from Carrie Underwood that stage presence is something that can be developed, so Pia will do fine.

1225 days ago
208.

Barb    

I cannot believe that Casey Abrans is still on the show. Great singers have been voted off. Its hard to believe. He is not a good singer and his looks and actions are not very appealing either. If he wins I will no longer watch the program. I am sure I am Not alone

1224 days ago
209.

PraoWolf    

God dam you all need to sort this out. Pia is a good singer, fine she's got excellent vocals, I'm glad. For you all to think voting is rigged and it's 13 y/o girls, last I checked they charge for voting, so unless some girl's parents are that dumb to spend $100's and $100's of dollars for that voting, it can't be fixed. Yes it's popularity. But at the same time, pure talent, will never launch a career. People who can't sing still have careers, and there are those who CAN sing, that have nothing, I went to San Fran recently and a poor lady on the side of the road was singing, I have NEVER heard such a beautiful voice..... You can see where that got her..... I never thought Pia would make it, ballads do not a star make. James, Casey, Scotty and Jacob (maybe Haley if she stops screaming and starts singing, Call Me was a scream fest, you could hear she was hoarse after singing it, which means she was screaming not singing.) BTW I might not be a famous musician but I've been playing guitar for nearly 10 years now and I keep abreast of music, so this isn't from some clueless 15 y/o , I'm 31, and my wife is 33 and we BOTH thought Pia was boring and should've been voted off about 3 weeks ago. Stefano was close but he bounced back bit with the Boyz to Men, Casey was PHENOMENAL with Nature Boy by Nat King Cole, if he ever shows up on stage WITHOUT his Bass, he will lose. Scotty is in it, just because there are ALOT of country music fans out there, much more than you all think, I would say. Jacob and James, have AMAZING voices, and if you don't get goosebumps listening to either of them, then you don't know music and should just be quiet. While I can't stand country, I literally want to pull my hair out when I hear it, Scotty has the voice to do it, and he does it good. Lauren's just a scared little girl who's fading fast under the pressure.

At the end of the day there can only be ONE winner, if you're isn't the winner, deal with it. It's not like winning the competition guarantees success and getting voted off early, doesn't mean you fade into the dark either. Pia is a pretty girl with a good voice box, entertainers need to entertain, no one sang like Elton John, or Freddie Mercury, because they have great range and voices, but they also ENTERTAINED, danced around, changed things up.

Face it: PIA WAS MEANT TO GO! She can't sing Jazz like Casey, she can't sing Janis like Haley, she can't sing Rock like James, Gospel like Jacob or Country like Scotty. Lauren is a good voice who needs to go back to school and grow up, once she's in her 20's her voice will change as everyone's does when we get older. So her and Thia shouldn't have even been auditioned, lowering the age, was a bad move in my opinion.

For the record: Just because 'YOU' think they suck, does not mean 'YOU' speak for ALL of america. God knows Brittney's a star, Lady Gaga's a star along with Kesha and all 3 of those idiots could fall off a cliff for all I care, but I guarantee their millions of fans, would drop to their knees and praise them as the gods of old. Pia was a good singer, but not good "enough" for the votes to go her way.

1221 days ago
210.

Jan    

Dear Barry,

There is no one on the show named "Jason". So, how he could be the best singer is beyond me.

1219 days ago
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