American Idol 2011: Pia Toscano Strikes Gold!
Pia Toscano’s exit from American Idol was a shock. She seemed to have everything that show loves: a huge voice, a love of melodramatic ballads and amazing looks. But the voters spoke and she was eliminated in 9th place. Her elimination sent shockwaves through the cast on the show and sent the bloggers and reporters scrambling. Everyone assumed she was a shoe in for the finals, but American Idol producers claimed that they have seen the votes and that based on the number of votes she got each week she was never a contender.
Getting voted off hasn’t slowed Pia Toscano down. The word is that she has signed a record deal and will head to the studio next week with producers Rodney Jerkins and Rock Mafia to start recording. The plan is to have her first single debut the week after the end of the American Idol season. Add to this that she is dating Dancing with the Stars pro dancer Mark Ballas and appeared on that show as a guest performer and you might say her getting voted off American Idol was the best thing that could happen to her.
As if the record deal, a high profile relationship and an appearance on another of the top shows in the country weren’t enough, she is now getting a cool $100,000 to sing a few songs at a birthday party. Pia Toscano was reportedly offered $50,000 to sing a few songs at a private party on May 8th, but she turned it down. The people throwing the party wanted her so badly they up the offer to $100,000 and will include a limo to and from the party. Wisely, she accepted the offer. Not bad for singing a few songs and posing for a few pictures.
It will be a little bit funny if Pia Toscano, voted out 9th, ends up being this season’s biggest American Idol success story. It very well could happen. Jennifer Hudson finished 7th on Season 3 and she currently has a little thing called an Oscar.
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