As words such as “shocker,” “jawdropper” and “travesty” are used to describe her unpredictably early elimination from American Idol, Pia Toscano herself is left to wonder how it is that her fans didn’t rock the voting hard enough.
“I really don’t know why [the votes weren’t there],” Toscano told TVLine the day after her exit. “There’s no exact formula.”
Toscano, however, was not wholly surprised herself — at least to make the Bottom 3 during Thursday’s results show.
Not long after delivering her Wednesday night performance of Tina Turner’s “River Deep Mountain High,” she tells us, “I had a weird feeling in my stomach. I felt good about my performance, I tried something different — but I said to my parents, ‘I kind of feel like I’m going to be in the Bottom 3.’ They said, ‘No, no, be confident. You’re going to be fine.'”
But even with those words of encouragement, when she did make the dreaded Bottom 3, “It’s kind of like I expected it,” Toscano says.
Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but is there anything Toscano would have done differently this week or in choosing/delivering any prior performance? “Absolutely not,” she attests. “I truly agree with everything the judges said to me, all of their constructive criticism. I’ve tried to work on my weakenessss — and I will continue to do so.”
And in her mind, what are those weaknesses, if not her inarguably stellar pipes? “The judges were absolutely right — I needed to change it up [with song selection], and I was really excited about [covering ‘River Deep Mountain High’]. It wasn’t even that much out of my comfort zone [because] back home I was doing a lot of up-tempo stuff, more so than the ballads. But I have to get more comfortable on stage. I am a little shy sometimes, and I do get a bit of stage fright.”
Idol faithful, let’s help Pia out: What is your current theory on why, despite her talent and at the very least Top 5 worthiness, she was the singer sent home?