Pia Toscano

Pia Toscano Bio

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Here is a brief bio of Pia Toscano along with photos taken before and during American Idol season 10. You will also find some thoughts on her premature elimination from the show along with pictures of Pia and a video.

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Photo of Pia Toscano taken before American Idol Season 10

See photos of Pia Toscano crying after being eliminated.

It was Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011 when Pia impressed everyone with her performance of “I’ll Stand by You.” Ironically, it would be her last performance on the American Idol 10th season. It was an appropriate choice for her final performance after being eliminated from the American Idol Show. The show is getting down to the final few episodes for season ten and there was tension in the air. It seemed as if most people did not expect or want Pia Toscano to be eliminated. But, she was.

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Pia Ann Rose Toscano grew up in Howard Beach, Queens, New York. She went to the LaGuardia High School for the Performing Arts in New York City. She sang the American National Anthem numerous times for the Mets’ minor league team. She even won an award for her singing of the National Anthem. Pia performed in the wedding band “Current Affair.” She has also performed at Madison Square Garden in Manhattan, NYC. Pia Toscano auditioned two times for American Idol before she was granted passage to the tenth season.

Pia was widely supported by the judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. During her performance on March 2nd, 2011 she received a standing ovation. Even vocal coach Jimmy Iovine was hoping that she would knock Randy Jackson “out of his chair” so he can finally start jumping up an down. She did just that. After the March 2nd show her performances drew much attention and positive criticism from the judges. Pia Toscano continued to receive praises from the American Idol judges and they believed that she would be one of the top finalists.

Well, Pia was eliminated from the American Idol: Search for a Superstar Show on Thursday, April 7th, 2011. For many, especially the judges, this was an unexpected and emotional announcement made by Ryan Seacrest. The American Idol judges even expressed their anger about the voting results. The other contestants and audience members became teary eyed as Ryan Seacrest asked Pia to sing one more song before leaving. Ryan turned to Randy Jackson to have him suggest what song Pia should sing. But Randy, with surprised anger in his voice said that Pia did not deserve to be voted off and that she should sing whatever she felt like singing. The other judges agreed with Randy and expressed their desire to stand by Pia during her future career. She appropriately chose to sing “I’ll Stand by You.” Everyone became emotional. Literally everyone in the theater was crying. Except for Pia Toscano, she held on to the very end, until she finished her song and realized that her run on the American Idol’s tenth season was over. Pia looked as gorgeous as she usually do in her photos. She fell into tears and all the contestants and judges rushed to hug her during this time of disappointment. But Pia will get over it; she is a strong woman from New York City. Besides, she has been on American Idol, one of the best platforms for any performer. Why she was voted off is hard to say. Randy  suggested that maybe her fans became complacent and did not vote. He said “if you want someone to win you have to vote for them.” We are sure that fans around the world will “vote” for Pia as she moves beyond the tenth season of American Idol.

Watch Pia Toscano sign I’ll stand by you in the video below



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Pia Toscano before American Idol
Pia Toscano on cam smiling

Below you will find what is probably to most information Q&A on Pia Toscano which includes the most popular questions asked by Pia fans and readers of this site. For the unanswered questions I ask that you contribute answers by leaving a comment.

Why was American Idol contestant crying after singing I’ll stand by you?

Pia Sang I’ll stand by you as her goodbye song, she seemed to have been very popular among the remaining contestants and they all cried as she was leaving the show.

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Pia Toscano crying while singing I’ll Stand by You

Why did Pia cry at the end of her song?

I’m guessing it’s because she was really sad to leave the competition and maybe she was hoping to win. Many, including the judges saw her as a front runner.

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Contestants and judges comforting Pia


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Pia Toscano sad, talking to Jennifer Lopez after elimination

What did Randy Jackson say about Pia leaving idol? What did Randy say to Pia after her last performance? What Randy has to say about Pia?

Randy said, “I’m never upset on this show, and I’m never really mad, but this makes me mad”.

How many times has Pia Toscano auditioned?

Pia auditioned three times for American Idol. The first time, in season 6, she made it all the way to Hollywood. She also auditioned in season 7 but didn’t make it to Hollywood. Talk about perseverance! The third time was for season 10 where she made it to the finals and finished 9th.

What did Jimmy Iovine say about Pia’s voting off?

Actually I don’t know,I need your help on this one.

What did the judges say to Pia after she was voted off?

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

Randy Jackson said, “I’m never upset on this show, and I’m never really mad, but this makes me mad”.

I don’t know what Steven Tyler said.

What song did Pia sing on Thursday April 7th?

Pia sang  the Pretenders’ “I’ll Stand by You”.

What was Pia Toscano like in High School?

There are pictures of Pia before idol but it’s hard to say if she was still in high school then.

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A younger blonde Pia Toscano

Who was Pia Toscano’s vocal coach before idol?

No idea but I’m sure one of you must know.

Pia and the bottom three premonition

Pia confessed to reporters the morning after being eliminated,

“It’s funny because the night before I had a weird feeling in my stomach. And I said to my parents, ‘You know, I kind of feel like I’m going to be in the bottom three tomorrow.’ And they said, ‘No, no, be confident. You’re going to be fine. You’re going to be fine.’ And then when it happened, it was kind of like I expected it. It was weird.”

Maybe it was because she was not completely satisfied with her performance the night before in spite of the judges’ praises.


Pia Toscano dating Mark Ballas

Pia Toscano has been spotted on a dinner date with Dancing With the Stars professional dancer Mark Ballas. While Pia said on a radio show that Ballas and her are just friends tmz has reported that they were seen making out last Friday.

Mark Ballas dating Pia Toscano
Mark Ballas of DWTS


Mark Ballasdated former American Idol contestant Joanna Pacitti from June 2008 to April 2009. They broke up after 10 months together. They initially met in north Carolina where Mark was training with Kristi Yamaguchi for Dancing With the Stars. Apparently Mark Ballas loves brunette singers. It’s a good thing Pia god rid of her blond hair :p

Joanna Pacitti won a gold ticket on American Idol season 8 but was later disqualified for her link with an American Idol insider. Red more about Joanna Pacitti.

Mark Ballas and Joanna Pacitti
Mark Ballas and Joanna Pacitti

Now it’s your turn. If you have unanswered Pia Toscano questions, or if you have information about the singer that you would like to share, feel free to do so in the comments below.
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