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May
03

This is what I’m talking about. American Idol is not all about winning the competition! Reports say that Pia Toscano will start recording her first album next week.

According to E! News, “She’s set to start on Monday and we’ll see what works for her.”

And when will be hearing her new music?

We’re hearing that Pia’s first duty will be to start recording possible singles to release after the Idol season ends.

There were rumors earlier this month that Pia was already at work on her album, though we were told that there was no done deal. Artists she will most likely work with under 19 Management include Idol producers Rodney Jerkins and Rock Mafia (Tim James and Antonina Armato).

It’s shaping up to be a big week for Pia. Aside from her recording sessions, she’s due to collect a $100,000 check for a private performance this coming Sunday, per TMZ.

I’ll surely get a copy of this album. I love Pia and even though she was voted out, she is my AI10 winner.

So what are your song picks for her first album?

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May
03

We have our guest mentor for this week’s American Idol. She’s no other than Sheryl Crow.

E! News has learned that Crow will join previous season 10 celebrity mentors Will.I.Am and Miley Cyrus (and “style mentor” Gwen Stefani) when she sits beside Interscope Records honcho Jimmy Lovine on Wednesday’s show as the final five contestants prepare for their performances. “The show wanted Sheryl because she is a true singer-songwriter and she wanted to help them develop as artists,” says an Idol insider.

However, you should check the scoop below.

There was no immediate comment from Fox on the Grammy winner’s appearance. But Crow, 49, wasn’t always a fan of the hit competition show.

“Let’s face it, it undermines art in every way and promotes commercialism,” Crow said in a March 2007 interview on MSNBC. “I am sad people love it so.”

So what can you say about this one?

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Apr
29

Again, Casey Abrams is voted out of American Idol season 10. But this time, there is no judges’ save available.

His second elimination from American Idol stuck Thursday night, and came as something of a surprise, as conventional wisdom suggested Jacob Lusk was the weakest link.

While the bottom three was never revealed (Ryan just started listing off who was safe in supposedly random order), it came down to Jacob, Casey and Lauren Alaina.

That’s when the growling jazz singer got the unexpected pink slip.

“This is what talent looks like, ladies and gentlemen,” Ryan Seacrest said, as he introduced Casey Abrams for his final performance, “I Put a Spell On You.”

Even if Casey was finally voted out, he is, and will remain to be American Idol season 10′s sexy beast.

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Apr
28

The idols are really getting better, there’s no doubt about that.

TV Fanatic: Last night’s American Idol performances paid homage to legendary songwriter Carole King, whose hits are almost countless, giving the finalists plenty of material.

Some of the highlights from the top six:

  • Presumptive frontrunner James Durbin stripping down his usual hard rock style for an intimate take on “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”
  • Scotty McCreery bouncing back from last week and taking on “You’ve Got a Friend” and adding a unique twist to the James Taylor classic.
  • Haley Reinhart delivering a powerful performance of “Beautiful” that was certainly true to its name, especially by the time she got to the end.

So what can you say about the idol’s performances?

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Apr
22

Many viewers said that Stefano Langone was lucky to reach the final 7, but I beg to differ. With his exit on last night’s American Idol, I can say that he really deserved his spot and his exit is earned.

The wild-card finalist from Kent, Wash., was probably lucky to make it this far, and harbors no hard feelings about his ouster from the competition.

Asked by Ryan Seacrest how Idol had changed his life, Stefano replied: “It started my career, man. That’s something you can’t put a price on.”

“That’s everything. I’m so blessed. I came this far. It’s great; it really is.”

Stefano is evidently famous and he does not need the idol title to sell his future album. What do you think?

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Apr
19

Paul McDonald was voted out of American Idol 10, but definitely this is just the beginning of his very promising career. So what did he say about this? You can check his exit interview below with Reuters.

While he will watch the season’s Top 7 from the sidelines, Paul has a promising year ahead of him: aside from the upcoming “Idol” season 10 tour, the singer’s unique voice will be heard in the rock outfit the Grand Magnolias, and he just began a relationship with “Twilight” actress Nikki Reed.

In a conference call today, Paul maintained his carefree attitude while talking about his new romance, his infamous white suit, and Scotty McCreery’s many female fans.

Q: You’ve said that you wish you had done some things differently on the show. What regrets do you have?

A: Some of the song choices that I did weren’t probably the best ones for me. When I first tried out, this whole thing was just kinda for fun, and I didn’t even expect to get this far in the competition. So when I got up here, I kind of listened to some people when I probably should have stuck with my gut. But other than that, it was fun. I just maybe wish I had done some more of these obscure artists and stuff, more of the vibe of music that I was into. Because it came across onstage — I didn’t feel comfortable a whole lot of the time, just because I felt like it wasn’t me all of the time.

Q: You have such a unique voice and style. Coming in, what were your expectations? What did you think America was gonna think of you?

A: In all honesty, I tried not to think of that at all. I never watched the show while I was on it, I never went back and read reviews of what people thought. I was doing exactly what I wanted to do coming in there, although it was tough picking all these different songs and trying to do them. But I was being me. I came in there, and it was funny because the hair and makeup team would be like, “Man, we don’t need to do anything to you today.” I was like, “All right, cool.” And the stylist was like, “I like your clothes better than what we got!” So I just kinda did my own thing, and it worked out good enough for eighth place. So I’m pretty happy about it.

Q: In addition to your singing, you also became known for your flashy outfits. Can you take any of those home?

A: Actually, I got those outfits made for me before the show … I broke my bank on that first white suit before I came out to Hollywood. So yeah, I get to keep all of those. They were custom-made for me; my friend back home made them for me. Now I got the white and the black one, so I’ll get to keep them forever and wear them for my birthday and for New Year’s.

Q: With five girls going home early in the competition, do you feel that the men have an advantage in the early rounds?

A: Oh, I definitely do. It’s like the teenage girls are the ones who watch the show the most. I remember walking out on stage and I would look around, and people out in the audience have their posters and signs made. I was like, “Oh, there’s one poster over there that says Paul.” And then there’s like a thousand screaming 14-year-old girls that have Scotty McCreery posters (laughs). So I think the guys definitely have an advantage. It’s a shame for the girls, because they’re so talented. I don’t know too many guys that watch the show; I think it’s mostly girls.

Q: There have been reports that you and Nikki Reed have been dating. Is that true?

A: Yes, me and Nikki Reed are dating. It’s officially true. She’s super smart and a super cool girl, so I’m happy with it. We’ve been hanging out here and there. We’re both pretty busy, but it’s been fun so far.

Q: Last night, you seemed to take being voted off so well. How did you stay so optimistic?

A: When I came into the whole “Idol” thing, I had no expectations whatsoever. I never thought about winning or anything — I just came in and was doing my thing. If I had gotten kicked off months ago, I would have just gone back to doing my thing, and it just kept surprising me how far along I got … This is a killer platform for me to get out my original music, which is what I’m better at anyway. So I was just happy to be there. A bunch of the kids, the contestants, they’ve been watching “Idol” forever and wanting to win this thing. It’s one of their hugest dreams. So it’s like, “Go get it, guys! Y’all are good, I’m okay, I’m a 26-year-old man.”

I am a Paul fan, so definitely I’ll be watching out for his very promising career. So what’s your take on this one? And who will be next on American Idol Season 10?

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Apr
09

The exit of Pia Toscano shocks million of viewers not just in America but all over the world. Twitter and Facebook tell it all. Reactions are everywhere and it is good to see that even the famous stars shared their disbelief.

Here is a report from The Hollywood Reporter:

Oh, and those fans include some heavy hitters. For instance, Tom Hanks, who tweeted “Don’t have an IDOL habit, but how could the USA vote Pia off? I may be done for the season! HANX.”

“Jersey Shore’s” Snooki agreed, tweeting: “Pia should have won the whole thing! I’m not watchin Idol anuymore. I’m with JLO on this one…”

Ashton Kutcher, also on Pia’s side: “Who are the people that vote on ‘American Idol’? That’s just crazy! That Pia girl is dope.”

Former “Idol” contestant and bona fide star Jennifer Hudson was equally miffed: “I can not believe they just eliminated Pia!. Really? Long as she walked away with that voice she will be alright!! Just hate to see talent like that go!” (And Hudson should know. Although she didn’t win the competition herself, she’s arguably “Idol’s” most successful alumna.)

One-season “Idol” judge Ellen DeGeneres also weighed in, telling her followers she was “shocked and sad” after Pia’s elimination. See the image below.

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Apr
09

I guess Pia fans are still in state of disbelief. There’s nothing wrong about it because we are all surprised by her early elimination. Some idol fanatics even categorized Pia’s elimination as the “Biggest Upset in American Idol History.”

While we didn’t expect this one, there are reports that Pia saw it coming. There’s a premonition night before.

TV Squad: In a conference call this afternoon, Pia Toscano told the press she had a bad feeling about elimination night: “The night before, I had a weird feeling in my stomach. I felt good about my performance but I said to my parents, ‘I kind of feel like I’m going to be in the bottom three tomorrow.’ I kind of like expected it, it was weird.”

The singer couldn’t attribute the hunch to anything in particular, as she felt good about her first up tempo performance of the Tina Turner classic, “River Deep, Mountain High.”

In the 12 hours since Toscano’s elimination, there’s been much speculation as to what exactly led to her ousting. Everything from an unstoppable tween-girls voting block to the judges’ lack of critical guidance to rigged results from the producers has been tossed around. But the woman at the center of the drama simply shrugged off her elimination.

“I really don’t know,” said Pia. “There’s no exact formula.”

Like those who graciously went before her, Pia was quick with the handy “it was just my time to go” and “everything happens for a reason,” stock answers. And on the matter of the man who took the save that some say rightfully belonged to Pia, she was confident the judges made the right move.

“Casey deserved that save” said Pia. “It wasn’t his time to go, and he’s such a incredible musician and singer.” Asked if the judges confided in her about possibly using their one save too early, the trio told her they “wished they could have done something,” but whether or not they regret the move, remains a mystery.

And what of her bottom-three companions, in particular Stefano Langone, whom most thought was a sure shot to go home last night?

“Stefano is a very good friend of mine and he’s an incredible person,” Pia said. “The whole time I was sitting in the bottom three, he kept saying ‘You’re not going anywhere, it’s me.’ but he deserves to be in the top 8 right now. Everything happens the way it’s supposed to happen.”

Many would disagree with her on that one, but on the matter of her song choices throughout the competition, there’s been some debate. Did Toscano the decision to switch it up, at Randy’s request, leading into her elimination?

“It’s nobody’s fault,” she said. “The judges were right, I needed to mix it up. It wasn’t even out of my comfort zone because back home. I was doing the up tempo stuff more than the ballads. I needed to get more comfortable on stage. I am a little shy, and I do get stage fright.”

And it was clear Pia was shaken and emotional after the news of her elimination came down. “I was really just trying to stay composed. It was really emotionally. It’s scary being up there, you lose years off your life, it’s terrifying…Your mind goes blank and it’s was such a blur. So much so that Pia needed the assistance of a medic to make it off stage.

Now somewhat recovered from the shock, Pia told the press she’s looking forward to the tour this summer and the wealth of opportunities that her ‘American Idol’ experience has brought her. Pia, whose been trying out for ‘Idol’ since season 5, also encouraged fans to keep watching the show, as many have sworn if off after last night’s events.

For Pia Toscano fans, just think of Jennifer Hudson. That’s it, no need to worry.

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Apr
08

Lets admit it, this week’s American Idol elimination night is the real shocker this season. I mean with Pia Toscano out, I don’t think there will be a greater surprise after this one.

Jennifer said, “I have no idea what just happened here.”

Well, luckily, I have. The “teenybopper” votes strike again. Additionally, fans became complacent again but this time it’s Pia who is the victim.

It is fun to see the judges faces after Ryan announced Pia’s name as one of the bottom three, much more when she was eliminated. JLo wanted to cry bad and she is angry. Randy Jackson just raised his hands and Steven was in disbelief.

Yes lets admit it the bottom three is composed of two guys and one gal – Stefano, Jacob and Pia. But if you still do not believe that female teen votes dictate this contest well you are definitely out of your mind. With two girl finalists left, I expect them not to go far. Mark my words, we will be seeing an all male final 3.

My message to Pia: You are the best on the show and we all know it. History also tells us that in American Idol finalists outshine the winner after the show. So sing for us please and we are definitely waiting for your first solo album. Until the end, all I can say is that I am a Pia believer, sadly the majority of American Idol voters are female teenybopper.

Last thought about the save, I think the judges are also contemplating about it right now. Well no comment on that, I also love Casey. “Who are you dating?” he answered, “You’re mom.”

Now, where do broken hearts go?

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Apr
07

The Rock n’ Roll night of American Idol is simply enjoyable and remarkable… for some. I mean some finalists really went out of the box and gave us something new while others… well, never mind.

But among all the finalists this evening, my favorites are Pia Toscano and James Durbin.

Pia’s performance of Tina Turner’s “River Deep, Mountain High” made it obvious that on this night at least, we were looking at Pia Toscano vs. everyone else.

She didn’t just nail it, as Steven Tyler said. She annihilated it. “Murderer! Murderer! You killed it!” he said. Here’s the performance that outclassed the field:

James Durbin sang the Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” while Casey Abrams took Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Have You Ever Seen the Rain.” What I love about these two guys is that they gave us a calm performance. Meaning they didn’t shout all the time while singing their piece. Surprisingly, the results of their performances are really good.

Others covered pioneers Elvis Presley (Scotty McCreery), Johnny Cash (Paul McDonald), Aretha Franklin (Lauren Alaina) and Michael Jackson (Jacob Lusk).

Haley Reinhart played off her early Janis Joplin comparisons with by covering the rocker’s “Piece of My Heart.” Who do you think is in danger this evening?

Stefano’s performance is a big question mark. Rock n’ roll isn’t just the thing of Jacob. As for Paul, I bet he did a really good job of entertaining the crowd.

So who is your bottom three?

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