American Idol 10 Top 9 Results – Recap Roundup

‘American Idol’ on the scene for Top 9 results show: The Idoldome is mad as hell

Pia performed her swan song, the Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand by You,” which ironically begins: “Oh, why you look so sad? / Tears are in your eyes.” And for the very first time, Pia sounded mediocre, but what would you expect from someone who had just gotten the emotional wind knocked out of her? “I couldn’t even breathe at that moment,” Pia later told me in a backstage interview, “so the fact that I could get anything out was a miracle.” Once Pia finished singing, the judges promptly marched onstage, and Haley signaled to the audience to start cheering. The crowd began chanting “Pia! Pia! Pia!” A row of young women screamed, “We love you, Pia!” And one guy shouted, “I’ll buy your record!”

The most noticeable thing, though, was that the audience didn’t budge. Normally, people vacate the Idoldome at the earliest possible second in order to avoid the remote chance of a surprise Rebecca Black concert. But tonight, everyone stood standing in their seats, watching as the various judges and contestants attempted to comfort the season’s best vocalist.

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The finalists surrounded Pia as she buried her head in Jacob’s chest and was approached by judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. Haley Reinhardt wiped away tears and prompted the audience to cheer for Pia. Stefano, who has managed to stay in the competition after consistently landing in the bottom three week after week, looked downright destroyed and guilty that he secured a spot on the couch over Pia. While Paul McDonald and James Durbin consoled him, it made us wonder when Stefano’s luck is going to run out.

The audience, stunned and upset over her elimination, began chanting Pia’s name and yelling out supportive words like: “You rock, Pia!” and “I’ll buy your record!”

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‘Idol’ Off Camera: Pia Is Assisted Off Stage, JLo’s Words of Advice

It was the most shocking “American Idol” elimination in years and xfinityTV.com was there, in the studio, to catch what you didn’t see on camera.

We witnessed what happened when the cameras stopped rolling after Pia Toscano’s sad goodbyes, overheard some of Jennifer Lopez’s parting words of advice to the distraught contestant, and had a bird’s eye view of how the top 9 acted, and reacted, on commercial breaks or when the spotlight was not on them.

Here’s our blow-by-blow from Row H, seat 6:

First, the mood before the first results were given was quite interesting. Jacob Lusk had the look of defeat all night, sitting slumped over quietly on the couch, looking worried, and peering down between his legs, not talking to anyone. Haley Reinhart sat cross-legged with one leg swinging nervously. Stefano Langone was curiously laid back and he literally laid back on the couch looking comfortable and nonchalant. Little did he know what was to come.

Fancast

‘American Idol’ Elimination Night: 25 Things You Didn’t See on Thursday’s Show

1. Considering what was to come, Corey the audience warm-up guy did a great job keeping the crowd pumped. Still, when he revealed the night’s guest performers, it was a little surprising to hear that the claps for Iggy Pop were only marginally louder than those for Constantine Maroulis.

2. Just before the show is about to start, and the contestants take their positions in opposite corners of the studio, Lauren Alaina and Nigel Lythgoe do a quick waltz and twirl in the aisle.

3. After the rock-themed group number, Pia and Scotty McCreery pat each other on the back for a job well done.

THR

‘American Idol’ recap: Why You Look So Sad?

Wow. If anything, we can rest assured after last night’s results show that the American Idol voting system isn’t fixed. You’ve finally convinced us, producers! Well done. Pia Toscano, long considered a frontrunner in season 10, left this week in a truly shocking elimination. Her fans let the sun go down on her (yikes, but oh well, those are the words) and she just didn’t have the votes. Only two girls remain in the top 8. America’s pickin’ ‘em off, one by one, L.A.M.B. romper by L.A.M.B. romper. No one is safe.

EW

American Idol Recap: Rocky Horror

Randy Jackson, wipe that stunned expression off your stupid face. Jennifer Lopez, mop up your phony, ridiculous tears. And Steven Tyler, go back to bed. (Honestly, dude, you’ve been taking the world’s greatest public nap for the last six weeks — why get invested now?) Because while the three of you sat there Thursday night at the American Idol judges’ table, collecting your seven-figure salaries and expressing your anger over the obscenely premature elimination of the exquisite, talented Pia Toscano, you failed to acknowledge your own culpability in her demise.

TV Line

‘Idol’ judges berate fans for sending Pia home

“I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say,” J.Lo ranted, faulting the voters for failing to read her mind and discern which of the nine heavily praised finalists she loved better than others.

“I’m with Jennifer. We’re all in shock. I’m gutted. You’re one of the best singers in this. I’m never upset on this show, but this makes me mad. Really mad,” Randy Jackson told the tearful Toscano. It was a display of passion that would have been more useful had his preference for her been made clear 24 hours earlier.

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‘American Idol’: Why Pia Toscano Was Sent Home

Well, if you’re reading about “American Idol” tonight the comments on Twitter, Facebook and just about anywhere you look aren’t pretty.

Some fans are vowing to never watch again and the curse words are flying. That’s because we might have witnessed one of the biggest upsets in the show’s history. Idol darling Pia Toscano was sent home tonight.

Wall Street Journal

‘American Idol’: 5 Theories On Why Pia Toscano Was Eliminated

I know what you’re thinking: how did this happen? Why did Pia Toscano, the frontrunner of all frontrunners, get sent home in ninth place? And how is it that Ryan Seacrest didn’t better prepare us for the outcome? Where was the buzz of a “shocker you don’t wanna miss?” What happened to the build-up? Or some foreshadowing?

In a way, what went down really is unbelievable. Think of all the former American Idol finalists who’ve made it further than this position. Jennifer Hudson is nothing to sneeze at, sure, but how about Sanjaya Malakar in season 6? He made it to Top 7, as did Season 7’s Kristy Lee Cook. Neither could hold a candle to Pia’s powerful pipes.

THR

Four Reasons Why Pia Toscano’s Elimination Isn’t All That Surprising

Last night, big-voiced Queens girl Pia Toscano was sent home from American Idol, an elimination that resulted in quite a bit of shock emanating from quarters that seem to still believe this show is a singing competition. (I guess they all missed Lee DeWyze’s win last year?) And yet, the reasons for Pia getting shown the door relatively early in the season are pretty obvious!

Popdust

Why did Pia Toscano leave ‘Idol’ so soon?

Okay, let’s try to make some sense of what happened Thursday.

First off, anybody who doesn’t have direct access to American Idol’s voting totals and patterns is only guessing when they offer reasons why Pia Toscano got eliminated in what must surely go down as the most surprising elimination in the show’s history (sure, Daughtry left sooner than he should have — but imagine if he’d gone out five weeks earlier — and hardly anybody who watched Season Three predicted Jennifer Hudson’s future career trajectory).

USA Today

Pia Toscano Eliminated In ‘American Idol’ Shocker

All sense of logic was officially thrown out the window on “American Idol” on Thursday night’s (April 7) elimination show. With two of the season’s leading contenders in the bottom three — after last week’s shocking near-miss for Paul McDonald — there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the voting patterns on the 10th season of the show.

When the dust settled, those confounding voters served up one of the biggest early elimination bombshells in recent “Idol” history, sending home the woman many had pegged as a potential winner, or at least top finisher, Pia Toscano. The comely singer who had charmed the judges with her professional, powerful performances, camera-ready looks and diva-in-the-making potential hit the bottom three for the first, and last, time on Thursday night in a vote that confounded and angered the judging panel.

MTV

Top 9 ‘Idol’ Results: Another Girl Hits Rock Bottom

“American Idol’s” Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Week, while entertaining, didn’t rock per se (unless you think Percy Sledge covers and will.i.am mentorships “rock”). But you know what? Maybe America just doesn’t like rock. Maybe rock really is dead, judging from the astounding results this week.

Reality Rocks

Peen vs. Pia: The “Shocking” American Idol Top 9 Elimination

Um…I’ll just let the first part of that be. There’s group song goodness! Haley Reinhart, thankfully, is wearing a bra. Even though she and Steven Tyler are wearing the same damn thing, it might violate some prime time TV regulations if she forgot it. Lauren Alaina is thankfully wearing pants, yet she’s wearing a romper designed for 45-year-olds in Palm Beach. Or is it Palm Springs. I dunno.

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  • sr4mjc

    Washington Post nailed it, LOL

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/american-idol-2011-pia-toscano-sent-home/2011/04/07/AF25FoyC_blog.html

    And I admit, the crack about James being a legend in his own mind is pretty damn funny. ;)

  • johanna

    I loved Pia’s voice but her songs choices left me cold. Pia was singing in a too old fashion and loungy style. Pia would have been perfect as one of these pretty girls with good voices we used to see on the Lawrence Welk show, like 50 years ago.

  • SpenserJ

    sr4mjc, that Washington Post article is pretty hilarious.

  • workdog

    Tom, honey, boring doesn’t incite that kind of reaction. Please take the pretty blue pill.Thanx.;-)

    MJ, you in danger girl.:-) (half assed ode to Ghost, Maroulis, and anonymous slightly off their meds internet posters)

    Topic: All the teeth gnashing and wtf reactions on the net are cracking me up; for an irrelevant talent medium, in the realm of music and true artistic vision (supposedly), the histrionics are hilarious. It’s sad for the young lady, yes, and for gawd’s sake, the young man left standing there, thinking “well, f…, what does that make me??”. Kinda ironically if unintentionally, amusing.:-)

  • poohbear

    Outrageous! Especially when there are no-talents like Paul, measly talents like Casey and Stephano, mediocre talents like James and misfits like Jacob…any of these could have been ousted and it would have been the right choice. The prejudice against females is glaring. And don’t tell me that this is what the audience wanted. That’s B.S. They like you to think that the outcomes are based on audience voting, but it’s all ultimately decided by the creep in charge. What a joke!

  • glamertitis

    Topic: All the teeth gnashing and wtf reactions on the net are cracking me up; for an irrelevant talent medium, in the realm of music and true artistic vision (supposedly), the histrionics are hilarious.

    Yeap. It will be ok. It’s a TV show… she’ll do fine or not, afterwards… same with the other contestants.

  • Buffynut

    I am glad that so many artiucles are calling out the judges on their culpability in this! If they continue to non-judge, then everyone wil remain “even” in the public’s eyes. Then the only thing they can vote on will be personality. Gawd, I hope someone hands Slezak’s article to the judges!

  • gangreen29

    I said this in the other thread but I think it fits in this thread too with all the theories by the idol bloggers about why Pia went home. I think it 100% has to do with power voting. I’m not advocating limiting votes, I think if someone wants to call in for two hours straight and register 200 votes, fine, the show has always been like that and it isn’t the people voting 200 times causing the problems. It is the people voting 10,000 times through text voting. My gut tells me the people voting 10,000 times almost universally are voting for male contestants. What has happened is that the people who were once 200 times more powerful than the average voter are now 10,000 times more powerful. Lets say there are 1,000 of those power texters out there. They are able to get in 10,000,000 votes! Eliminate text votes and those voters are only able to make 200,000 votes. That is 1/4 of the votes last night. 1/4 of the votes that probably contain very few votes for the women. Even if they are ahead in the other 3/4 of the vote it probably isn’t enough to make up for the fact that they are missing out from a huge chunk of the votes. I firmly believe it is why 7 of the 9 top 3 contestants the past three years have been male, and why the last two seasons 4 of the top 5 are male, with this season soon to join them probably.

  • SpenserJ

    Today, I’ll be e-mailing all of the reporters placing the blame for Pia’s ouster on middle aged women and tweens, to find out exactly how many times said reporters themselves voted for Pia.

    Moral indignation over a TV Talent Show is just plain funny to me :).

  • sr4mjc

    How does one even send 10,000 text votes? I obviously suck at voting, I copy/paste vote into my iphone and just hit send, but no way I could I send that many in 2 hours.

  • Montavilla

    Maybe they shouldn’t eliminate text voting (and online voting), but limit it. I’m sure that could be done. If text votes were limited to say, 10 per line/ip address, then it would prevent a few thousand voters from dominating the results.

  • SpenserJ

    How does one even send 10,000 text votes? I obviously suck at voting, I copy/paste vote into my iphone and just hit send, but no way I could I send that many in 2 hours.

    I voted for the first time this season on Wednesday night. I have unlimited texting on my AT&T phone, but I don’t have the first clue how one power-texts. And, my life is a little too demanding to waste 2 full hours voting for anyone.

    So, if there are people in the viewing audience who’ve figured out how to do this. And, they’re willing to waste that many hours a month doing it. Well then, more power to them. Let them have the result they want. They’ve earned it.

    I just don’t think the dire predictions of a sausage-fest are all that big of a deal to the show’s future. Most viewers just enjoy the show. And, Pia’s elimination is sure getting the show a lot of buzz today. Only a fraction of the people who watch this show even care if the eventual winner is a big music success. Their lack of interest is evident by their failure to buy the idolettes cd’s and see their concerts.

    To be perfectly honest, although I like reading about the AI alumni here, I don’t actually “care” who becomes a success and who doesn’t. I don’t know these people and they don’t pay my bills, so I’m pretty much unconcerned with their futures. I just like the show.

  • Niall

    I think there are valid points for and against Pia’s ouster, and after a good night’s sleep what makes the most sense to me is simple fan complacency and bad luck. The ladies are more at risk for that complacency simply because the diehard voting idol fans appear to favor males. To reverse this trend, it’s going to take those casual voters or viewers becoming power voters and I don’t see it happening.

    Pia’s going to be fine. In fact, this hoopla does nothing but benefit her.

  • koshka

    sr4mjc says:
    04/08/2011 at 11:29 am
    Washington Post nailed it, LOL

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/tv-column/post/american-idol-2011-pia-toscano-sent-home/2011/04/07/AF25FoyC_blog.html

    And I admit, the crack about James being a legend in his own mind is pretty damn funny.

    One of my favorite recaps. :)

  • OldHag

    here’s what Stefano had to say on his twitter feed this morning.

    “SLangoneAI10 Stefano Langone
    Good morning everyone. Very very emotional night for me, for everyone I think. Jus want people to know I wasn’t upset about the reactions…
    Of the judges and audience.
    Or even what people are thinking or saying now. We create relationships with these people, closer bonds then people will ever know.
    It’s jus super tough…
    And to my fans, thank you so much. I know you guys will be wit me whether I stay or not!You as well as me know what I’m capable of specially After this competition! And that’s real! Much love always”

    I like and respect him a lot more than I did before last night.

  • grayhound

    Couldn’t it just be that most people assumed Pia was garnering tons of votes and that they didn’t need to vote for her? I can be guilty of that.

    Although Pia is not my cup of tea I just assumed she was a shoe-in for Top 2, 3 whatever.

    Couldn’t it also just be that while she is a beautiful girl with a beautiful voice the simple fact is that she doesn’t really have a “personality” as such to draw voters to her? She seems pretty quiet, not sure if she’s shy, but her personality is very understated.

  • Kirkee

    What has happened is that the people who were once 200 times more powerful than the average voter are now 10,000 times more powerful. Lets say there are 1,000 of those power texters out there. They are able to get in 10,000,000 votes!

    But this sounds like what some people said about the finale two years ago. I didn’t buy it then either.

  • SpenserJ

    But this sounds like what some people said about the finale two years ago. I didn’t buy it then either.

    Until someone admits they actually do this, I’m not buying it either.

  • koshka

    It is the people voting 10,000 times through text voting. My gut tells me the people voting 10,000 times almost universally are voting for male contestants. What has happened is that the people who were once 200 times more powerful than the average voter are now 10,000 times more powerful.

    But this sounds like what some people said about the finale two years ago. I didn’t buy it then either.

    I believed this 2 years ago and I still believe this. I’m not screaming outrage, but if your voting is structured in this manner, this is the result. Its AI’s choice. *shrug* Knowing what I know about how little voting matters, I chose not to vote, why bother? – especially if Bones is on right afterwards. ;)

  • readon

    Until someone admits they actually do this, I’m not buying it either.

    I am familiar with the concept of how it’s supposed to work and have even tried it. Theoretically, it should work. As I recall, the problem is no one was every sure if it really worked. That is, when you vote are you casting one vote at a time or ten votes at a time.

  • SpenserJ

    especially if Bones is on right afterwards

    That’s why I only manage a few text votes – that’s my other favorite show :).

  • Landmd

    Pia’s going to be fine. In fact, this hoopla does nothing but benefit her.

    I hope you are right and she does, she needs someone to help her with connecting to the crowd.

    Also how many screamed this when Siohban went out last year? I still have not seen anything from her yet. Just a few gigs here and there.

  • glamertitis

    That was fun how Jacob asked that girl at TMZ if she was single… was he trying to tell the viewers and voters something again? Or did I hear him wrong?

  • SpenserJ

    Also how many screamed this when Siohban went out last year? I still have not seen anything from her yet. Just a few gigs here and there.

    I was glad to see Siohban go. She was weird and annoying.

    As I recall, the problem is no one was every sure if it really worked. That is, when you vote are you casting one vote at a time or ten votes at a time.

    Thanks. So, no one is actually sure if this works? And, if they’re doing 10 at a time, that means that they do this 1,000 times in 2 hours? Then I give up. I can’t fight that kind of dedication. I’m not sure I’d even vote for my own kid that much :).

  • koshka

    Also how many screamed this when Siohban went out last year? I still have not seen anything from her yet. Just a few gigs here and there.

    I don’t find this surprising. She more alt rock than mainstream.. plus she returned home.

    ETA: SpenserJ – I changed my avatar just for today.. to show my support of AT&T texting. LOL

  • stewardone1

    ok ummm i liked pia… that being said, reading the reports from all the reporters in the building last night… it seems as if pia had a major melt down after the lights went down… they said she cryed uncontrolably, and even had to have two medics support her as she left the stage… ummmm
    THATS OVER THE TOP…. seriously, if thats the worst thing that ever happens to pia in her life, she will be lucky… idol has opened up insane doors for her that she would never have been able to walk thru on her own… and… i wonder if she seriously thought she WAS GOING TO BE THE AMERICAN IDOL, and thats why she was so SHOCKED?
    i mean, i wish her all the wonderful things that she is going to get, but it wasnt devestating and she needs to get some perspective..
    she can still have her dream…

  • stewardone1

    OH AND I FEEL SORRY FOR STEPHANO… it wasnt his fault…
    stefano has fans, they’ve voted enough to keep him going..

    BUCK UP STEFANO, NO GUILT TRIP… now you need to figure out why viewers dont like your singing style and or songs…
    p.s….. go back to your jazz stuff… thats the stuff you did well, and gospel is another thing you do good…

  • Niall

    That was fun how Jacob asked that girl at TMZ if she was single… was he trying to tell the viewers and voters something again?

    He’s trying to stay in the closet. It was a little less than convincing.

    ok ummm i liked pia… that being said, reading the reports from all the reporters in the building last night… it seems as if pia had a major melt down after the lights went down… they said she cryed uncontrolably, and even had to have two medics support her as she left the stage… ummmm

    These contestants are allowed to be upset and disappointed when they are booted. Judging from her conference call this morning, she’s bucked up just fine.

  • Niall

    Also how many screamed this when Siohban went out last year? I still have not seen anything from her yet. Just a few gigs here and there.

    I didn’t. By the time Siohban left I saw her as a very inexperienced, one trick pony. And in the year since she left, she’s made some odd career choices that stole any momentum she might have had coming off the show.

  • springboard

    Also how many screamed this when Siohban went out last year? I still have not seen anything from her yet. Just a few gigs here and there.

    And S7 Michael Johns. There was also an outcry, calls for recount, rigging accusations, David Foster loved him, and he was supposed to have an amazing career anyway!

  • HermeticallySealed

    I agree with Jim’s Idol in 60. If the judges don’t call the contestants out when they aren’t connecting, or hitting the right keys, they can’t expect them to improve And when everyone is a perfect special something, then you can’t bitch when one gets voted out, since apparently they are all equally good.

  • Niall

    I don’t want the judges to go back to telling us who to vote for, or trying to tilt the competition towards one or the other but I do want them to give honest assessments rather than giving each one a gold star for effort.

    I’m not upset Pia was booted. It’s a tv show, stuff happens. I think she’ll be fine. What does annoy me is to have the judges suddenly acting like America shot their dog by not voting for Pia. I can imagine the casual voter listenign to that and going “But you still have 8 others that you like just as much and who are just as good as her. That’s what you keep telling us. Why are you so upset?”

    Just like when Casey was saved and the judges started telling him to reign it in. Um, shouldn’t that have been feedback he got the night before, instead of the praise he received for an off putting performance? LOL

    There’s a middle ground between Cowell like insults or harping on song choice and “pitchy, pitchy,” and the “Up with People” type cheerleading the current judges are doing.

  • koshka

    You nailed that one Niall.

    Just like when Casey was saved and the judges started telling him to reign it in. Um, shouldn’t that have been feedback he got the night before, instead of the praise he received for an off putting performance? LOL

    I’m not a huge fan of Casey’s (or heck anyone’s for that matter LOL) but you are absolutely correct. Casey’s performances were a complete 180 degree change right after they gave him a slap down – after which I started to enjoy him again.I don’t want the judges to tell me who to vote for, but if someone has flat notes, picks a bad song or heck, scares the crap out of me.. I want the judges to call them out. The producers have their own agenda behind the scenes, they don’t care about what happens on the stage. The two pieces of advice are completely different.

    Lets face it, everyone is not a “Special Snowflake”.

  • https://twitter.com/pmhowden undercooked

    Thanks. So, no one is actually sure if this works? And, if they’re doing 10 at a time, that means that they do this 1,000 times in 2 hours? Then I give up. I can’t fight that kind of dedication. I’m not sure I’d even vote for my own kid that much

    I recall a local newspaper in Arkansas interviewing Kris Allen fans who claimed to have voted more than 250,000 times due to power texting. If you search MJ’s archives, you will probably find it. I think it can be done, but the question is, do those votes even count? Also, there is nothing to prevent fans of other contestants from doing the same thing. The issue I have is that texting is limited only to AT&T customers.

    Now having said that, are there any strong fan groups out there? Do we even have fan names yet like Soul Patrol and Glambert? Are people even organizing texting parties this season?

  • http://twitter.com/cara_lee pj

    And S7 Michael Johns. There was also an outcry, calls for recount, rigging accusations, David Foster loved him, and he was supposed to have an amazing career anyway!

    See, here’s the thing. IF women always go for the cute guys, then why didn’t he get further? I mean, aesthetically, he was arguably the most attractive that season. At least for me, for you. I didn’t vote for him, though. I found others more appealing musically.

    ETA: Wait, I think I may have voted for him a couple of times on “Across The Universe.”

  • SpenserJ

    ETA: SpenserJ – I changed my avatar just for today.. to show my support of AT&T texting. LOL

    Tee Hee :).

    ETA: Wait, I think I may have voted for him a couple of times on “Across The Universe.”

    I can’t remember if I voted for him at all, but I do remember that I wasn’t surprised in the least when he went home. I’d lost my affection for him by that point, because he kept boring the shit out of me. Much like what I think happened with some people with Pia this week.

    I’m also skeptical that this is some sort of male beauty contest. None of the male winners have been the most (traditionally) attractive of their seasons (hmm, except maybe Kris – but that one’s a toss up for me – he is a cutie though). And, a couple of them are just plain fug.

  • Reflections On Life

    Couldn’t it just be that most people assumed Pia was garnering tons of votes and that they didn’t need to vote for her? I can be guilty of that.Although Pia is not my cup of tea I just assumed she was a shoe-in for Top 2, 3 whatever.

    Exactly this. I’d add that (1) half the contestants had been in the B3 before, and a couple seemed headed there, and (2) all the contestants gave about the same level of performance (no duds, no standouts).

    Under these circumstances, most ppl will vote for their favorite in-danger candidate, rather than vote for their favorite safe candidate. Even if one wants to protect the girls, one would probably vote haley or lauren before pia, since one assumes pia’s safe.

    I think if so many hadn’t already been in the B3 or in perceived danger, Pia would have survived, just as she did the previous weeks, when the bottom-feeders were clear, and the middling candidates were therefore perceived as relatively safe.

  • tripp_ncwy

    I recall a local newspaper in Arkansas interviewing Kris Allen fans who claimed to have voted more than 250,000 times due to power texting.

    You got it right “claimed”. Even when power texting you can’t send more than 10 texts at a time.

  • springboard

    See, here’s the thing. IF women always go for the cute guys, then why didn’t he get further? I mean, aesthetically, he was arguably the most attractive that season. At least for me, for you.

    I also think that he is, and I was more a fan of others. And last year , it was arguably Casey James.

  • songsungblue

    That was fun how Jacob asked that girl at TMZ if she was single… was he trying to tell the viewers and voters something again?

    He’s trying to stay in the closet. It was a little less than convincing.

    Wow. I’m no Jacob fan, but I mean, unless someone here has slept with him [if so, please tell!] do we really know? I lived in the Castro in San Francisco for a dozen years – the epicenter of gay culture – and I frankly doubt that the guy is gay. He just has a flamboyant style. *shrug*

    I f’king love this season! Come on, that was great television last night. It’s spectacle! Iggy Pop! Booted fave! LOVE.

    I’m a major feminist, but these charges of sexism just don’t hold water to me. Plenty of pretty boys [Ace and MJ, to name two] have been booted early. Plus, as my brother would say, look at the data. It’s skewed. It’s not only the demographics of a television show, but also who has the time and energy to vote. You know, it isn’t a critique on America Today, IMO.

    I also don’t know where this idea that the American Idol has be some kind of model for young people came from. Sure, Pia is pretty and sweet and nice – but I want a great, passionate performance. Not someone who’ll buy a lot of Girl Scout cookies to help kids get to Europe!

    Years ago, Fantasia easily won against perfect in every way LaToya London. Fantasia just had ‘it.’

  • Tess

    Interesting that all of the “talk” today about Ms. Pia is centered on placing blame for her ouster on everyone but Pia. I really think that Pia totally unintentionally caused her own demise. She was “warned” about being to balladry and then she comes back with another ballad…people chalked that one up but then Pia said she would come back with something totally different for R&R HofFame week. And what does she do…she totters out on ridiculous high heels and proceeds to bland up a great song from the queen of OTT, Miss Tina Turner.

    So I don’t blame anyone for not voting for her….if she couldn’t grasp that the only thing different she did this week was to sing in a faster tempo and walk around the judges while singing in the exact same bland style why should the public think that she had the ability to be anything more than a poor interpretation of an inexperienced Whitney or Celine or Mariah. Contestants should take this heart….just don’t promise what you can’t deliver!

  • ntdawg

    Have to agree that Pia has to take some responsibility for her demise. Pia was told to sing something besides ballads. Truthfully, how many Mariah, Celine, or Whitney ballads are on today’s top 40 charts? Music has moved on to more formulaic synthesized and auto-tuned pop songs for top 40. You don’t have to be a diva to be popular but, you have to have a stage presence and have a strong beat behind you–something Pia obviously lacked. Or, you have to be a male with a guitar. So who is the main voter demographic? It’s not the audience of the divas, but the top 40 audience.

  • x57x

    Now if James and Scotty leave before Stefano and Paul…you know there is a problem.

    lol

  • webster

    It’s really, simple, IMO. The judges want to be nice, they want everyone to feel good, but they want the best contestants to survive. The contestants want to cope with a very stressful situation, feel confidant, but also get better. The viewers want to be entertained, feel like their vote matters and is respected, but also maybe learn a little from the professionals, or at least, feel like they are not phoning it in. Here’s how you do it. No guarantees on all points, but close:
    The judges need to take a page from their favorite teacher. First, tell the contestant what you liked about their performance. Then, give them advice on how to improve.

    Contestants get what they need. Viewers hear an honest opinion without feeling like it’s a directive on how to vote.

  • http://MJO judes

    ETA: Wait, I think I may have voted for him a couple of times on “Across The Universe.”

    I can’t remember if I voted for him at all, but I do remember that I wasn’t surprised in the least when he went home. I’d lost my affection for him by that point, because he kept boring the shit out of me. Much like what I think happened with some people with Pia this week.

    See “for me for you” I saw it differently. I for one was not bored at all with his performances-he changed it up- did slow[ IAWBIA, ATU]] & some faster songs & showed a lot more passion than Pia .I think the night he was eliminated Dream On was too chopped up & so some people didn’t vote that night & when he did it on tour it was brilliant when he could build the song[ same with Casey last year on some songs] .
    I just feel both with MJ & Pia they had some people liking them as 2nd best but they only voted for their favourite as they maybe thought they would be safe anyway.[ also David Cook gave a bad performance that night so fans only put votes his way to save him]

  • sue

    See, here’s the thing. IF women always go for the cute guys, then why didn’t he get further? I mean, aesthetically, he was arguably the most attractive that season. At least for me, for you. I didn’t vote for him, though. I found others more appealing musically.

    ETA: Wait, I think I may have voted for him a couple of times on “Across The Universe.”

    I think Michael Johns didn’t live up to his Hollywood performances therefore he was voted off early. Kind of like Casey right now in a way. Also by that time America was gaga googoo for Cookie and Archie. I know I was. lol

  • Sandyred

    Pia got the boot I think because many of the voters are women (young and not so young) who vote for their favorite guy over a women especially one who they see as a threat to their guy winning.

  • sue

    OH AND I FEEL SORRY FOR STEPHANO… it wasnt his fault…
    stefano has fans, they’ve voted enough to keep him going..

    Yeah I feel sorry for Stefano and Casey. I like Pia’s attitude about all this and I think that in turn may make these guys feel less guilty. It’s not their fault that their fans voted to keep them in. I know I voted my ass off for Casey and Haley. :) Team Growl FTW!

  • iluvai

    Pia got the boot I think because many of the voters are women (young and not so young) who vote for their favorite guy over a women especially one who they see as a threat to their guy winning.

    I love me a gorgeous talented woman. The generalizations are ridiculous.

    Just kinda reading back. I’m not on team growl. Love Lauren Alaina.

  • bridgette12

    Pia got the boot I think because many of the voters are women (young and not so young) who vote for their favorite guy over a women especially one who they see as a threat to their guy winning.

    Pia got the boot because women, men and teens of all ages don’t appreciate one trick ponies.

  • karenc

    See, here’s the thing. IF women always go for the cute guys, then why didn’t he get further? I mean, aesthetically, he was arguably the most attractive that season. At least for me, for you. I didn’t vote for him, though. I found others more appealing musically.

    That’s what I think too, and it’s unfair to say all women vote for who they find most attractive. I think it has more to do with what they are doing musically. The top contestants the past few years have been the ones that have shown the most originality musically. And I think this was part of the problem with Pia. She had a good voice, but didn’t show much originality. Though I am not seeing that much with the other contestants either, and I would have rather have seen her on more than some of the others this year.

    I also think a big part of who does well has to do with genre too, and the demographics of the viewing audience. And I’m wondering if this explains the dial idol results that have Pia coming in third, but losing. If it is true that adults are more likely to vote by phone, but teenagers are more likely to vote by text or online, if she had a higher dial idol result, it might have been because she had a high adult vote and not the teenage vote. And I think there is more to this than who someone thinks is cute. It may be simply that the type of artist she appeared to be on the show doesn’t appeal to teenagers today as much as adults. The singers she was emulating, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion are not popular with teenagers today, even less so than when Kelly Clarkson won 9 years ago. I think more so for females, it is harder for someone to appear current, because there are very few types of female artists that are popular now that could possibly come from Idol. People like Kesha, Lady Gaga, and probably Katy Perry would not have come from Idol, the only types that could have would have been someone like Adele, Alicia Keys, Beyonce, Pink, or someone like Sara Bareles or Cobie Callait, or Taylor Swift, or a country singer. And of the females that did do well the past few years they generally fit in with these. Of the females that were finalists this year it probably is Lauren that is the closest to these types.

    For the men, I think there are more types of music that are still popular that could possibly be on the show. Soft rock is still extremly popular with all age groups, and most of the guys that have done well the past few years have been soft rock or country.

    Generally, I think to do well on the show, contestants need to show some originality, but I also think they have to be in a genre that is popular with the AI viewing audience.