Idoloonies: Making Sense of Pia's Exit, Producer Tricks, Voting Flaws, and Judges' Guilt on Idol

It was the shock boot heard ’round the world: When Pia Toscano was sent to a ninth place finish on season 10 of American Idol, the bulk of the Idoloonie Nation — David Cook, Chris Daughtry, Jennifer Hudson, and even Tom Hanks included — shook their fists and shouted “Why the Face?”

In the wake of the New York-based balladeer’s exit, my cohost (Season 8 Idol finalist Alexis Grace) and I sat down to do a post-mortem on the sad, surprising, and sometimes rage-inducing proceedings during Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Week. On our agenda? Assigning blame to the show’s pass-the-buck panel of judges, manipulative producers, and possibly broken voting system. We also dish which singers should’ve been at risk to make Pia safe, whether or not season 10 is still worth tuning in for, and which male contenders have gotten a leg up from Nigel Lythgoe & Co. Plus, there are special guest appearances by the Power Puff Girls, Buffy & Friends, and even some key NBC sitcom characters.

Press play below on all three parts of our latest episode, head to the comments to share your own thoughts and theories on Pia’s exit, and for all my Idol ridiculata — including an instant alert the minute my exit interview with Pia goes live — follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!

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