It's hard to believe that Pia actually auditioned three times before making it onto the show, but apparently the third time is the charm for this talented 22-year-old New Yorker.
Others, of course, want to rewatch her note-perfect performance. While other performances from Wednesday night, like Paul McDonald's quirky Ryan Adams cover and Naima Adedapo's blazing Rihanna reggae, have plenty of watercooler-chatters gabbing this morning, it's Pia's song that actually rendered Jennifer Lopez temporarily speechless last night.
And finally, it seems searchers are wondering just who originated "All By Myself." While Pia seems to think it was a Celine Dion ballad--and she certainly belted out the famous Celine version last night--the tune was actually first recorded in 1975 by Eric Carmen, the former frontman for the '70s powerpop band the Raspberries, and has been covered by dozens of artists besides Celine. (Jamie O'Neal's version is the one Renee Zellweger famously lip-synchs to in Bridget Jones's Diary.) But Pia is apparently not the only "Idol" cast member with a limited knowledge of musical history; Ashthon Jones seems to believe that "And I Am Telling You" is a Jennifer Hudson song, young Thia Megia thinks "Smile" was written by "Charlie Chapman," several contestants have shockingly confessed to having never heard the Beatles, and even presiding judge Jennifer Lopez doesn't know who Ryan Adams is. At least "Idol" is educating them, and the viewers at home.
So anyway, all this searching begs the question: Is Pia Toscano the next American Idol? If her search spikes are anything to go by, the answer is yes. If she can maintain her momentum, then come this May people may be entering search terms like "Pia Toscano Idol finale," "Pia Toscano winning moment," and "Pia Toscano single" into their browsers.
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