Eliminated "American Idol" Contestant Pia Toscano Signs to Interscope
Thu, 07 Jul 2011 12:35:02
Sometimes it's better to lose than win and such is the case when it comes to American Idol.
Eliminated Season 10 contestant Pia Toscano, known for her love of power ballads, was a fan favorite and many predicted she'd notch the win, but she was shockingly voted off mid-season. However, Toscano is getting the last laugh as she has just signed a recording contract with Interscope and will release her debut single, "This Time," via all digital retailers on July 12th.
Toscano will perform "This Time" when she hits the road for the American Idols Live! 2011 Tour, which kicks off July 6th in Salt Lake City, UT, and continues through the summer before concluding on September 10th in Rochester, NY.
Congrats to the lovely, talented, raven-haired singer Pia Toscano on her new record deal.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Interscope and 19 Recordings family," Toscano said in a statement. "[Interscope Geffen A&M Chairman] Jimmy Iovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I'm looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings. This is a dream come true."
A showcase for Toscano's rich, emotionally transparent voice, "This Time" was written and co-produced by Esther Dean, who is known penning hits for such artists as Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Nicole Scherzinger, and many more. The acoustic guitar and beat-driven track is just a taste of what's to come when the Queens, NY, native releases her debut album, which she is currently working on, later this year.
Widely considered one of American Idol's Season 10 frontrunners thanks to her powerhouse vocal ability, Toscano's early elimination shocked and visibly upset judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler. The latter said of the voting public: "They're wrong. I don't know what happened with this. She's beautiful. When she sings, she's a bird."
Did you watch Pia Toscano on American Idol season? Are you going to check out "This Time?"