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Hot Babe of the Day: Pia Toscano

7/1/2014 3:30am EDT
Hot Babe of the Day: Pia Toscano
Every day at Starpulse we upload some of the most stylish and striking pictures of gorgeous looking women from all around this vast world. Today's amazing and charming target is Pia Toscano.

Pia was born on October 14, 1988 and was raised in Howard Beach, New York.

The beautiful singer of Italian decent began singing when she was four-years-old. In 2006, she graduated from LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in NYC.

The five-foot-three-inch performer had a stint as a makeup artist and work as a wedding singer for the band Current Affair.

After auditioning for American Idol fo...

'American Idol' Recap: Angie Miller's Shocking Exit + Finale Preview

5/10/2013 8:31am EDT
Angie Miller is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Since Kelly Clarkson, it's only happened once and this season it isn't going to happen again.

'American Idol' has developed a curious pattern over the years: That of never getting its winner right. Every year a clear winner emerges early, and every year that clear winner goes home before the finale. It doesn't pay to be the best in this competition.

After years of seeing this happen, it's become clear why the best contestant never wins: It becomes boring to vote for them. They peak too soon and after months of being on top and the clear favorite, it just seems unnecessary to keep voting f...

Pia Toscano Leaves Interscope

9/5/2012 1:17pm EDT
Pia Toscano
It seems that every season of “American Idol” the judges pick a singer or two they SURE will take the world by storm and win it all by a landslide; but decry a major shock when America doesn’t agree with their assessment and votes that singer off.

Such was the case for season 10’s Pia Toscano who placed ninth in the competiton in what judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler called the most shocking event ever seen on Idol.

Toscano was signed to Interscope records in July of 2011 and quickly released a single – “This Time” – with the promise of an album coming soon. The sin...

OK! Magazine's Pre-Oscar Event - Stars Pick Who They Want To Win

2/25/2012 10:13am EST
Pauly D
OK! Magazine held a Pre-Oscar event at Greystone Manor in West Hollywood the other night, event honoring Adrian Grenier for his philanthropic efforts. Guests included Adrian Grenier, Ali Fedotosky, Caroline D’Amore, Cassie Scerbo, Chelsie Hightower, Cheryl Burke, Derek Hough, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gilles Marini, DJ Pauly D, The Glee Project, Jaimie Hilfiger, Grant Harvey, Karina Smirnoff, Kiptyn Locke, Krisily Kennedy, Kyle Richards, Pia Toscano, Rex Lee, Richard Grieco, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sammy and Judy ‘The Kids’, Taylor Armstrong, Taylor Jacobson, Tenley Molzahn, Tyler P. Scott and Tyson ...

Celebrity Birthdays - October 14, 2011

10/14/2011 3:00am EDT
Happy Birthday to:

R&B singer Usher (1978)

Australian actress Mia Wasikowska (1989)

American Idol singer Pia Toscano (1988)

Actor Max Thieriot (1988)

Actress Skyler Shaye (1986)

Actress Stacy Keibler (1979)

Dixie Chick Natalie Maines (1974)

Czech supermodel Daniela Peštová (1970)

Actor David Strickland (1969; d. 1999)

British actor Steve Coogan (1965)

Actress Lori Petty (1963)

British musician Thomas Dolby (1958)

Actor / magician Harry Anderson (1948)

Moody Blues singer Justin Hayward (1946)

"British Elvis" Cliff Richard (1940)

Fashion designer Ralph Lauren (1939)

James Bon...

Kim Kardashian's Wedding Guest List: Who's Going And Who Turned Her Down

8/17/2011 2:00pm EDT
Kim KArdashian
A source has leaked some of the stars expected to be at Kim Kardashian's wedding in person to celebrate her and Kris Humphries' marriage. Around 500 people have been invited to the not-so-intimate ceremony!

According to Us Weekly, which will release further details on its newsstand edition today, guests will include Serena and Venus Williams, Nicole Richie, Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Osbourne, La La Vazquez, and Maria Menounos.

That assumes they all can attend, however. Some have reportedly turned her down, including Kelly Ripa and Pia Toscano. Kim was allegedly hoping that Pia would sing at he...

Lauren Alaina, Scotty McCreery, And Pia Toscano Reveal Music Videos - Who Has The Best?

8/11/2011 11:00am EDT
Scotty McCreery
It's the next big event after the American Idol winner is crowned: The first music video! This year, Scotty McCreery and runner-up Lauren Alaina released their music videos on the same week to help everyone through the off-season.

Scotty McCreery offers this music video to his song, "I Love You This Big." It's definitely seasonal, with a barbeque and a summer day.

Lauren Alaina released the music video for "Like my Mother Does," and she put all of those old family videos and pictures to good use! Her real mother is featured throughout the video in old footage.


Jennifer Lopez Signs On To Judge 'American Idol' For One More Year

8/10/2011 10:06pm EDT
Jennifer Lopez
Superstar Jennifer Lopez has officially signed on to return as an American Idol judge for a second season of the hit TV talent show.

The singer/actress was recently said to have agreed a deal with Fox TV executives worth a staggering $20 million, but had yet to sign on the dotted line.

However, producer Nigel Lythgoe has now confirmed Lopez will reunite with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler and record producer Randy Jackson on the judging panel for the upcoming 11th series of the talent competition.

Making the announcement on Idol host Ryan Seacrest's Los Angeles radio show on Wednesday, ...

Pia Toscano Releases Video For First Single, 'This Time' (Watch It)

8/10/2011 7:00pm EDT
Pia Toscano
This is certainly Pia Toscano's time - the 22-year-old singer recently announced a record deal with Interscope and the release of her debut single "This Time," and this week premiered the track's official music video.

Head over to to see the clip and to download the video for free from iTunes. The single version of "This Time" is still on sale at the digital retailer for only $0.69.

Get the single at iTunes!
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'American Idol' Finale Mega-Diary: The Blow-by-Blow Of Scotty McCreery's Big Win

5/26/2011 9:50am EDT
Scotty McCreery learns that he is the next American Idol
Last year, I wondered if, in the midst of Simon’s departure and one of the show’s worst seasons both from a quality and ratings standpoint, if the finale of this show was going to be worth the mega-diary treatment next year.

Well, it turns out it is, as ‘Idol’ came back better than anyone could have realistically expected. I couldn’t be happier, and here’s the mega-diary to prove it!

8:04 – 4 Minutes in and we still haven’t finished the introductions. But at least we got a Lori Loughlin sighting!

8:04 – Really? Scotty fans packed the RBC Center to do…nothing? They can’t even do that for ...

'American Idol' Recap - Haley Reinhart Finally Goes Home + Special Power Rankings

5/20/2011 9:17am EDT
Haley Reinhart is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL
Well, it wasn’t for not trying. If there’s one contestant this year who really developed and emerged over the course of the season it was Haley Reinhart. Look at where she started. A frizzy-haired oversinging novice who only got through because of the softest judging panel since the OJ Jury.

From there she barely snuck through every step of the way and had me flabbergasted that the judges selected her as a Wild Card. I was surprised she even got the chance to sing a second time.

Somehow, she finagled her way into the top 13 only to sit on the bottom of my power rankings just about every s...

'American Idol' Recap: James Durbin Goes Home In Another Shocker + Power Rankings

5/13/2011 9:23am EDT
James Durbin is eliminated
Now this one I just can’t figure out.

To me, there were three major talents on the show this year. Three performers that transcended the confines of this karaoke competition show and actually seemed like they could be recording artists. Those three were Pia, Jacob and James. And now none of them have made it to the top three.

I can understand what happened to the first two. Pia, for some reason, was overly criticized by the judges to the point that America was being told she was the worst contestant. Jacob just never seemed to connect with the audience. But James…I just didn’t get James.

'American Idol' Recap: Stefano Langone Goes Home, Katy Perry & Kanye West Perform 'ET'

4/22/2011 9:19am EDT
AI Stefano Goes Home
It took awhile to do it, but America finally put Stefano out of his misery.

For weeks it seemed like Stefano was just marking time. He hit the bottom three in what seemed like every single results show and carried that weight to each performance. This caused each of his songs to transform into a desperate plea for votes as he overextended himself to no end in an attempt to win people over.

But it never seemed to work. Try as he could, Stefano never quite connected. It could have been an obsession with perfection, it might have been flirty cockiness, it may have been the fact that he simpl...

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Bring it on 21st Century Night

4/21/2011 9:23am EDT
James Durbin
I’ve been extremely hard on the judges all season (justifiably so, I think) but it’s caused me to overlook the show’s big bright spot: The addition of Jimmy Iovine.

While the judges have sugarcoated everything like a trio of stage parents, Iovine has worked hard to make the contestants better. He’s often harsh, extremely honest and his suggestions are normally spot on. Just look at last week when he warned Casey away from ‘Nature Boy’ and suggest Scotty stick with ‘Everybody’s Talkin’’. Scotty laid an egg with a boring George Strait song and Casey absolutely made a mockery out of all thing...

Love Is In The Air: Celebrity Spring Flings

4/19/2011 9:00am EDT
Vanessa Hudgens
Who doesn’t love a good spring hookup? It seems that love is literally in the air in April and May because people are coming out of that winter hibernation, the birds are chirping, the weather is warm and life seems happier. Here are a few celebrities who have recently debuted their spring flings to the public.

After her recent split from Joe Jonas, Twilight actress Ashley Greene showed off her new fling at Coachella this weekend. She was hanging out with Kings of Leon’s Jared Followill, before his band performed for the crowd in Indio, CA. Vanessa Hudgens was also at Coachella with her ...

Pia Toscano Talks 'American Idol' Departure, Dodges Boyfriend Questions On 'Ellen'

4/15/2011 1:00pm EDT
Pia Toscano
Pia Toscano was on The Ellen Degeneres Show to talk about her untimely departure from American Idol - but Ellen Degeneres couldn't help herself from asking about Pia's alleged boyfriend, Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas!

"I'm so angry, I really don't understand it," Ellen said. "I think you have such an amazing voice."

Pia responded, "The night before I said to my parents, 'I don't know why - I have this feeling that I'm gonna be at the bottom tomorrow. So don't be upset.' And sure enough I was. I just had a feeling the entire time that it could be my time to go."

"I hope people ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants (& Judges) Disappoint On Movie Night

4/14/2011 8:10am EDT
American Idol
I just couldn’t wait to see how they did.

For once, I’m not talking about the contestants. Last night it was the judges’ performance that had me most anxious for the show to begin. After Pia’s exit, they’d been taking a ton of flak from myself and endless other ‘ American Idol’ recappers saying it was finally time for them to toughen up.

And this was the perfect night to test. After weeks and weeks of solid performances all down the line, last night we got our first really consistently bad night from the contestants. A night that totally blew out my restrictive theme theory – because last...

Pia Toscano Rebounding From 'American Idol' Departure With Mark Ballas?

4/11/2011 4:00pm EDT
Pia Toscano
Despite being kicked off of American Idol, Pia Toscano is still smiling. For one thing, she is allegedly close to signing a record deal with Interscope. Even better, she is apparently dating Dancing with the Stars professional Mark Ballas!

TMZ reports that the two were spotted at an L.A. mall, and then capped the night at a restuarant. It's believed the two met near their perspective sets, as American Idol and Dancing with the Stars both film in CBS Television City.

Pia told a radio show Monday morning that the two are "just friends."

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'American Idol' Recap: Pia Toscano Goes Home On A Stunning Results Show

4/8/2011 9:14am EDT
Pia Toscano is eliminated
And once again, the judges have ruined the show.

Pia’s insane, stupid and shocking ouster last night is bound to bring forth a lot of theories: That voting is so dominated by young girls that females are at a decided disadvantage, that this is a competition dominated by guitar-voting boys and the rest is immaterial, and that the Producers rigged the voting to drive more interest. All of that will be in play, but I choose to ignore all those theories and put the blame for Pia’s leaving in one place: The judges’ table.

In the midst of a typical judging performance on a show night – that is ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Contestants Rock Some Hall of Famers

4/7/2011 9:31am EDT
Pia Toscano
It’s official: These judges stink.

At the beginning of the year, all anybody wanted to talk about was American Idol's new judging panel. After all, Simon was gone and this was one of the biggest casting shifts on a hit TV show since Darrin got replaced by Darrin on ‘Bewitched’.

On those initial shows, the judges were a breath of fresh air. Gone was the snarkiness and waiting around for Simon to speak and in was a cohesive unit that actually seemed to enjoy each other.

All was right in ‘Idol’ land and when an incredible batch of contestants (spearheaded by the wonderful Molly Dewolf Swens...

'American Idol' Recap: Thia And Naima Go Home On A Revamped Results Show

4/1/2011 9:29am EDT
Naima and Thia eliminated
It only took them ten seasons, but the ‘Idol’ producers finally got it right.

Last night’s results show was the first in the show’s history that didn’t seem forced; didn’t seem like two-thirds filler, and didn’t feel like we were just sloughing through the hour while we waited for the 90 seconds we actually want to see. This was a results show that moved through swiftly with segments we actually wanted to watch.

And it was so simple: Just divide the group performances into several parts. Instead of trotting all the contestants out for one lame lip-synched choreography train, just put them...

'American Idol' Recap: Elton John Brings Out The Contestants' Best

3/31/2011 9:33am EDT
Paul McDonald
I guess sometimes the music’s all that matters.

After promising us no restrictive theme nights this year, the ‘Idol’ producers follow Motown night with a night devoted to not just one musical style, but one musical artist: Elton John. But unlike Motown, this one worked almost down the line.

I think it’s a case of addition by subtraction. The contestants last night were limited to so few songs, but almost all of John’s are so good that it didn’t matter. No matter which way a contestant went, they’d be able to pick a great tune and work with the producers who really on point this week: The ...

'American Idol' Recap: Casey Gets Saved + Power Rankings

3/25/2011 9:23am EDT
American Idol - Casey Abrams Gets Saved
I knew it was coming, but it still twisted my stomach when it did.

Last night, I thought my ‘Idol’ nightmare was over. I thought we were rid of the overrated self-indulgence factory that is Casey Abrams. I thought I wouldn’t have to see why having a beard makes you an artist, why being herky-jerky gives you credibility and why not picking pop songs gives you a sense of musical depth that would make James Murphy jealous. I thought I wouldn’t have to write a single word about that any longer, but I couldn’t help but think that as he sat in the bottom three that the judges would save him no m...

'American Idol' Recap: The Idols Tackle (and get tackled by) Motown

3/24/2011 9:32am EDT
Naima Adedapo performs on AMERICAN IDOL
Lies, such miserable lies. We were promised coming into this season that the restrictive theme nights had gone the way of the dodo. That we’d no longer have to watch anybody struggle outside their comfort zone in a way that would impede their development as artists.

Well, that lasted…three shows. Because last night was Motown night on ‘Idol’ and the Detroit soul was on parade for everyone to mangle.

Yes, one week after ‘Idol’ delivered its best show in years by turning away from those thematic restrictions, it went right back to its old ways, forcing soulful pop from the likes of Scotty M...

'American Idol' Recap: Karen Rodriguez Says Goodbye And Adios

3/18/2011 9:31am EDT
Karen Rodriguez American Idol
I’ll say this for America: They continue to get it right.

One week after America took down one of the few with absolutely no chance of winning, they repeat the feat with the ouster of Karen Rodriguez. I was worried about Karen. Worried that she’d found a way to ingratiate herself to voters with her unique way of switching to Spanish (Ya gotta have a gimmick, right, Ethel?) and her middle-of-the-road song choices. I was worried those voters would put her past some of the more deserving contestants like they’ve done with the Kristy Lee Cooks of the past who had a gimmick (super-overt patriot...

'American Idol' Recap: The Best Show Of The Season, Dawg!

3/17/2011 10:09am EDT
Thia Megia performs on AMERICAN IDOL
And now I’m ready to ease up on this season.

Last night we got one of those vintage ‘Idol’ nights that remind us why this show became so popular in the first place. Solid performances of some of our favorite songs by kids that actually have a ton of talent.

Sure there were a few clunkers, but these were sandwiched in between the kind of transcendent performances that finally give ‘Idol’ fans the ability to scoff at people who scoff at them when they say the watch ‘Idol’. Because those who turn their nose up missed the opportunity to see Pia, Jacob, Stefano and others absolutely slay some ...

'American Idol' Recap: Ashton Is The First To Go Home + Power Rankings

3/11/2011 9:45am EST
Ashton Jones is elimintaed on AMERICAN IDOL
This year – it’s really wide open.

As Ryan ran through the contestants last night, and I thought about my power rankings (which are listed below), I quickly realized something – there is absolutely no favorite this year.

You could make a case for up to 8 contestants to win this year, but I don’t think it’s because the talent is incredibly deep – I think it’s because every contestant is flawed in some way. “Idol’s” been boasting its vast talent pool all season, but I think what they’ve actually stumbled upon is a level of parity. There’s no Adam Lambert. No Lee Dewyze. No David Archuleta. ...

'American Idol' Recap: The Top 13 Pay Tribute To Their Idols

3/10/2011 9:20am EST
Pia Toscano
After last night, it’s official: I miss Simon.

This week the Idols were tasked with picking their own personal Idols and singing some of their best songs. A nice theme without any restrictions that should have allowed the contestants to pick perfect songs and absolutely sing the hell out of them.

Instead, the night was incredibly uneven. Performances varied from pretty good, to mediocre to just downright desecrations of the songs for which the contestants were supposed to have extreme respect. Nobody really stood out on this easy theme night to the point that I wondered how they even got ...

'American Idol' Recap: 13 Finalists Revealed + Power Rankings!

3/4/2011 9:34am EST
American Idol 13 Finalists Revealed
Last night’s “Idol” was a tale of two shows: One incredibly boring, and one that made for some of the show’s best television so far this season.

The first half can be summed up in 24 words: Casey Abrams, Haley Reinhart, Jacob Lusk, James Durbin, Karen Rodriguez, Lauren Alaina, Paul McDonald, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery and Thia Megia made the finals.

Yep, that’s it. All we got for more than an hour was Ryan reading those names (eight of which I got right). And there really wasn’t much drama because anybody who went down didn’t really go down, as we still had the wild card round to get to...

'American Idol' Recap: Breaking Down the Top 24

2/25/2011 9:13am EST
American Idol Top 24
I’m supposed to be objective, but I can’t help it. Every year, I have an ‘Idol’ favorite. I don’t know how it happens, but once I see the contestant, I’m usually all in. Sometimes it’s about their raw talent, other times it’s just a certain aura they project. I never know how it happens, but it always does.

It also seems that every year my favorites suffer worse and worse fates. The first season, my favorite was Kelly Clarkson, and she won the damn thing. Last year, my favorite was Lilly Scott and she didn’t make it to the top 10 despite being the most talented contestant by a long shot. I...