While by now the world is well aware that Pia Toscano is not the next American Idol, she is now eligible to join the equally-illustrious ranks of musicians who also failed to nab the competition’s top prize, like the none-too-shabby Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson. The booted songbird was admirably humble during her brief interview with Jay Leno Friday night before showing off the powerful pipes that topped our Power List for so long — but alas, no more. Catch Idol producer Nigel Lythgoe’s thoughts on the uproar (and how it may affect Season 11) along with Pia’s Tonight Show appearance below.
As shocked as everyone (except Pia) was by the elimination, in a way this might be the best thing that could have happened to her. Now everyone is sympathizing with her and cheering her on, and people will definitely have their eye on whatever she does next (in a way they might not have had she been voted off later). Besides, these kinds of upsets are what make riveting (if sometimes frustrating) television.
Do you think producers should change the format of the show to make American Idol safer for talents like Pia Toscano? Or is the democratic voting process integral to the competition? Let us know what you think.