Pia Toscano’s elimination from American Idol last week was perhaps the show’s most shocking early exit since Chris Daughtry’s fourth-place finish back in Season 5. But don’t shed too many tears for the upbeat, New York-based diva. I caught up with Pia at Manhattan’s Empire Hotel to discuss her journey on Fox’s ratings behemoth — from those saucy harmonies she concocted for her group rendition of “Grenade” to her explosive semifinal performance of “I’ll Stand By You” to the unexpected hurdle she overcame during Elton John Week.
We also discussed her desire to bring big diva vocals back to the radio, her love of songwriting, and yes, that unfortunate L.A.M.B. jumpsuit that she got stuck wearing during her performance of “River Deep – Mountain High.” Press play on the interview below, then head to the comments to share your thoughts on Pia’s future. And for all my Idol interviews and recaps, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.