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Pia Toscano

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Howard Beach, New York, US (2011 – present)

Pia Ann Rose Toscano (born October 14, 1988 in Howard Beach, New York, US) is an American singer and a finalist on the tenth season of American Idol 2011. She was eliminated in 9th place on April 7th, 2011. Previously considered to be a frontrunner, her elimination came as a shock to judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler as well as fans of the show. Songfacts says that all the publicity from her appearances led to a recording contract with Interscope Records. Her debut single, This Time, was released on July 12, 2011.

Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from American Idol, Toscano was reported to have signed a recording contract with Interscope Records. However, her rep said that chatter about a done deal is “all rumor”, but confirmed that Interscope wants to produce a single with Toscano and release it while the current season of Idol is still on.

Toscano is of Italian descent. She began performing in talent shows when she was four, and by the time she was nine, had performed in a local church production of “Jesus Christ Superstar”. Toscano was the official National Anthem singer at her middle school, P.S./M.S. 207, and performed at every event including graduation. She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City and graduated in 2006. Fellow Idol contestant Karen Rodriguez also attended this school.

She performed the National Anthem and “God Bless America” for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ minor league team, several times a year for three years.

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