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Just in case you missed it: one of the most shocking eliminations in American Idol history happened.

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JA
JA

How's about blame Pia and her absolute lack of charisma??

pastyann
pastyann

I voted for Casey because I like him. This was a good save. Never liked Pia.
All right with me that she left. The only time I really got upset when anyone went home was when Michael Johns was voted off. He should have been saved but no save in his season.

hgsksss
hgsksss

Grow up! Vote is the word for the day....

angel
angel

With AI's voting system the cute boys always an unfair advantage. Teen and tween girls are much more likely to vote 400 times an hour for their favorites than women with jobs or families to think about and guys at any age. Pia would have had to have been 50-100 times better than Stefano rather than just 10-20 times better to beat Stefano. Scotty or James will win it whether or not they're the best because they have curb appeal. The judges wasted their save vote on a guy whose moves are too unsexy & whose face is too scary to win over even a fraction of the formidable young female vote. Of the women, Pia most deserved to make it to the Final 3.

Peter
Peter

Its the fault of nobody gives a care about this show anymore and that the majority of voters are tween girls who vote for the "cute" guys

im most likely the only straight white 20yo male that still watches American Idol and votes...

Phil Rulab
Phil Rulab

AI is becoming passe. Those with talents are slowly elimninated. The judges and the producers are to be blamed. It is time to abandon ship. Usually, the rats are the last to go. It is becming a voice gymnastics ot talent competition. Screeching, howling and all the kinks that have nothjing to do with singing all the way to Katmandu. I am starting to miss what's-his-name judge ...lol Just saying my "dos centimos" worth of opinion.

Jade
Jade

According to sources, Pia Toscano is reportedly signing a record deal with Interscope Records and they are looking to record an album with her ASAP. This looks like good news for Pia and it looks like everything will be fine after all! Looks like she might be the Jennifer Hudson of Season 10! :)

jgu22
jgu22

You know who I blame? I blame the fact that for the first time in a long while, the show has a talented pool. The problem - the voting demographic has changed. Had this season occurred, say, instead of Season 6, Pia would have done better, because the people who vote are fundamentally different. I love Pia, and wish that she had won, but it's true - people don't vote for the "singers" anymore. The last time a belter won was Jordin.

Narnonin
Narnonin

Why is everyone blaming the judges for using the save on Casey? If Pia's fans had voted hard enough for her she wouldn't have ended up in the bottom 3 and in need of being saved. I'm so sick of everyone throwing blame around. I'll bet most of the people who are bitching didn't vote! Blame yourselves!

Mark William Woo
Mark William Woo

stop it guys...its everybody's fault why Pia is eliminated...you should have voted more if you want her to be saved...every IDOL has their own fanbase...its how people on that fanbase work on saving their bet...and i think the fano fanbase did a great job....

AB
AB

It's all about TV ratings and business. The producers wanted a big shocker so that people will watch and talk about the show and keep watching. It started with Casey, and now Pia. Everything is planned.

mateo
mateo

Hmm, if she would have worn that on Wednesday, I might have voted for her. :D

It's bad taste for the judges to sit there and boo hoo. I don't like Stefano at all, but he beat her out fair and square by the rules that Idol puts forth. America can never "get it wrong." Since when has voting on Idol been about predicting who would be the top selling artist? It's about the people who watch the show voting for who they like. The judges are the ones that "got it wrong" by thinking Pia had more support than she actually had.

If they want the worst singer to go home every week, then people should vote to send the worst home. But that's not what the show is about.

Now, that said, I was very surprised to see the results. I would have wagered real money that she wouldn't go home this early. I figured she was a lock for top 4, although I never thought she had any chance of winning.

So yay for Stefano. I want him to win now, just to make judges even more mad.

Marsute
Marsute

Your survey "Who Do We Blame" didn't include the obvious....Pia herself. She just doesn't have what it takes to win. Many people do not like her. The elimination was no surprise.

Kiwinurse
Kiwinurse

hope youre happy now Rickey, youre dear favourite stefano gets to stay...at Pia's expense. You and the other impartial bloggers and the judges are the reason why American Idol sucks now. Pia, Thia and Ashton went home way too early.

GiNs
GiNs

Saving Casey is a waste, he had no future in music industry, and he had no potential to win, the save is suppose to prevent something like Pia's case, people thought someone is save and not voting hard enough, this year judges just so amateur, if Simon us there, the save will never been used such early.

Lilly
Lilly

So unprofessional the judges, they are celebreties they don't know how to judge, i am still in shock! this sucks! the winner will suck again! it will be like lee dewyze but worst, i think its the end of idol! i really think so, the x factor will be much better! there is no shocking eliminations there! the judges choose who goes home.

sipaikey
sipaikey

Jacob LUST fault..that guy where do i start.. im with russell brand "You're fired".. DIE black diva movement or whatever made up name u guys call urself hahaha..

mommydearest
mommydearest

OMG! this is a popoluarity contest not a SINGING contest! we ALL know that PIA is the best female vocalist, i mean Haley SUCKS! Biotch should have left! but with her smurkes and all she needs to leave, I'm only watching American Idol now to see the Fu#$% they do! BC this is a screwed up show, how do you want singers to try out????? I mean c'mon.....yes we know Pia was not an emotional person or some thought she was snoddy WRONG! she was the BEST female out there!!!!!!!

PLEASE by far voters VOTE RIGHT! not BC he or she is cute! thats so stupid!

IdolTime
IdolTime

It's kind of ironic that Steven said that America made a mistake and a "lack of passion is unforgivable."

But in that case, America was right. They didn't forgive Pia for her lack of passion.

N.T.K
N.T.K

Rickey i think u should stop the (in my opinion) none sense "Save Stefano" campaign, we almost lost Casey previously and now we lost Pia, sorry but i'll be so blunt about this, the guy is boring, over dramatic and annoying, i wonder if he would survive to the top 12 yet top 8 if Simon was still on the show...this is horrible, i hope Jacob and James don't fall under the sword because of this now.

Hope Jacob wins!

Carl
Carl

This type of elimination brings Idol back to joke status. Say whatever you want, but Pia did no deserve to go home this week. Idol was on a little roll and this brings it back several notches. With the revamped Idol they should have added a judge score portion that can prevent this type of vote. Even if you don't think Pia deserved to win, she should still be on the show. Jacob, Stefano and Haley all should have gone before her.

Karen Chen
Karen Chen

Voting system is not fair at all. Especially when they don't have the engine to prevent pouring votes to the same person.
Pia maybe boring, lack of personality, but she is humble, good looking, photogenic and most importantly, she sings great! It's hard to find idols that own both beauty and singing skills at the same time nowadays. Like the judges say: the whole package! She deserves to be in a better position. What a waste of a talent! Sigh~

Viz
Viz

LOL...I still get the warm fuzzy tingles when I read posts from people who still believe that their votes matter....LOL. It's a TV show. Scripted. Like every other TV show ever.

Tony Barnard
Tony Barnard

I agree that the judges are at fault. They do nothing but praise every contestant with no discrimination. What is sorely missing is the smart no-BS candor of Simon to guide an unsophisticated and undiscerning audience.

Mikhail
Mikhail

For Christ's sake....Stefano, still, Ricky? Lol! He is a good kid and not completely awful...but...well, you know. I take him over Jacob for sure.I'll give him that.

As far as Pia's premature exit...blame those pseudo-'judges' for over-paraising every performance instead of giving critical feedback. "everyone was great" they say each week after the mostly 'meh' displays of talent. They are useless. Paula offered more valid critiquing ...which is pretty funny.

chickyrees
chickyrees

Pia's voice was perfect and she looked beautiful all the time and I think that was the problem. I never voted for her for that reason.....She didn't have a quirk..All the other contestants have some quirkiness...

You want to see a singer that gets down and dirty.....that shakes that rump and makeup smeared.

American people aren't perfect and like to see people that resonant with them.

Somebody in a previous post said "FEMBOT".. but in the end I'm truly not surprised.....

PPod
PPod

Great episode! This show is reaching levels of drama we haven't seen since Lost! Idol gets the Emmy this year

elinor
elinor

too early for scripted and conspiracy theory just to gain ratings.the judges can even be seen in live TV reading the script.Yes,nobody can answer that who voted for Jacob Lusk based on last night performance.Naima was rehearsed well on her dance routine for a phenomenal performance how come Will I Am and Jimmy did't do that to Pia?I hope Lauren can tackle the pressure to win if she is the producer's choice.Cause talent are effortles to be seen if natural but will look trying hard if artificial.Maybe they want Pia to be another Jennifer Hudson or Daughtry but the fact is the audience are tired of such scripted game.Can't blame rickey because I like stefamo's soulful performances.The producers and the judges are to be blame.

Eugene Demata
Eugene Demata

Again its a singing competition, not screaming competition. Next shocker , as if we still care, please FOX. I hope FOX will kill of another screamer next week. I'm blaming FOX for all of these! Manipulative FOX.

elinor
elinor

can't blame rickey stefano's is the less appreciated of all the contestants.it's the judges who saved casey are to blame.It's too early for the show again to have the scripted and showing some conspiracy theories.I don't think this will help the ratings if that's what the producers think.Maybe they thought Pia could be another Jennifer Hudson or Daughtry and still make money even if she Dont win.Ya it's a liitle fishy cause I don't think somebody voted for Jacob Lusk last night.based on the polls of rickey Pia was on the tip of the favorites.Jimmy and Will I am never thought Pia how to interpret the powerful song with Tina Turner's movements while they rehearsed Naima with her Native african dance.Very fishy and again scripted , the judges can even be seen on live TV they are reading the writer's comment for the contestants.I just hope Lauren can handle the pressure now to do her best if she is the producers choice to win.Pia was effortless on stage while Lauren sometimes showed screeching to reach high notes.

Liam
Liam

Stop blaming Idol for leaning towards male winners, the whole music industry leans towards males. I'm tired of hearing how the teeny girls control the vote, that's just bull. The truth is that there has to be something beyond talent for a woman take off in the music industry, she needs to captivate, to sell the fantasy. Pia can sing like an angle and she's very good looking, but she's got no stage presence. I can't imagine spending 90 minutes listening to her perform. Not unless it was in a dinner theater.

IdolTime
IdolTime

Rickey, some of the poll choices are hilarious!

But you miss one obvious choice -- Pia is not connecting.

JC
JC

I am beginning to believe what Thia said: that most American Idol fans are girls and most of them are voting for the boys....Nah!

franz
franz

Jueces idiotas - se dejaron llevar por la emotividad con casey y ahora pia está en su casa. ella merecía la segunda oportunidad. felicitaciones

phill
phill

and stop the this is about personality or didnt connect with the audience bullcrap! look at freking lee dewho.. its all about the demo voting for looks.

phill
phill

way to go america! now just pick your lame male winner and forget about him as fast his cd is out. (dont tell me this wont happen this year, it will)

fluffysasha
fluffysasha

AI is a popularity contest, its just not a singing contest...pia maybe technically a good singer but shes not a good storyteller....she can hit the notes but she cant get the message across

W
W

Why save Stefano, Rickey?

Mamamia
Mamamia

People like singers with personality.

JJ
JJ

I'm a Scotty Mac fan but I think he'll go out like Gokey to set up the epic Casey/James finale!

renzy
renzy

That's What we called "KARMA" judges are giving out good comments to their favorite (specially Randy)and pull another contestant down like "Thia" good job america!,but sad for Hot Pia, :( Blame yourself Randy By Saving CASEY! LOL, Lastly American Idol is not credible now to find a new singing superstar, and AI are now good in finding NEW Good looking GUY! whahaha... so for the next season American idol Will only Accept GUYS not Girls.

Stefania
Stefania

i hope AI goes downhill from here

marcofragio
marcofragio

..... 80% of the voters are teeny girls and are all after the cute boys :D

Tara
Tara

I think it really depends on her fans. Hey, the show revealed that your votes are in the last place that is why she's eliminated. Her fans are too complacent.

Also, I think people are relying too much on DialIdol. I give props to DialIdol but people need to remember that the results there are from people who voted using the DialIdol software. And the fact is not everyone has that software. You can use it as a guide if your favorite is falling behind BUT it should NEVER be used to see if you can chill and relax because your favorite is part of the leader pack.

At the end of the day, whether it is rigged or not, the votes still count. And sorry to say, Pia has complacent fans.

Don't worry, I'm sure she'll still have a record deal. It depends on how she'll rise up after this.

sweetleaf
sweetleaf

This is what happens when people start voting for contestants who had one good performance (like haley or stefano) instead of consistent contestants.. stop voting for them and keep the good contestants until the end.. and i don't understand why Lauren is still there.. she sings well but i haven't seen anything impressing.. still stefano should have been voted off.. or actually haley deserves to leave more than anyone

Kamokunz
Kamokunz

I blame the judges' save!!! Casey'd have been gone!

Wow my dream finale top 2 Pia & Stefano, now broken.

Happy we saved Stefano, but Pia left before Haley is unforgivable!!!

Marie Ruffin
Marie Ruffin

Don't worry about Pia, Jimmy probably has a record contract ready for her to sign as we write tonight. He knows who he wants to sign, and she's one of them.

Quinton
Quinton

I'm a LIFE MEMBER of "The Black Diva Never Dies" Movement! Go Rickey! Go Jacob! Hang in there!!

Mikhail
Mikhail

Stefano "soulful"? Kidding, right?

Tara
Tara

I definitely agree! A technical performance without any message being put across is really boring.