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Apr. 4-10: Celebrities Mourn ‘Idol’ Loss Along With Judges, Contestants And ‘Idol’ Veterans

Tiffany Lee
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"American Idol" has had its share of unexpected losses, but this past week's results had the whole "Idol" family in shock.

22 year-old contestant Pia Toscano, who has survived the competition thus far on heartbreaking ballads, took the judges' advice this week and performed the up-tempo Ike & Tina Turner hit "River Deep, Mountain High" much to the delight of the panel.

While not seen as the best contestant in the show, it would be hard to find those who felt Toscano was ninth best. When Pia was voted off the show, the news hit the judges hard. A tear-eyed Jennifer Lopez said, "I'm shocked, I'm angry, I don't even know what to say," and Randy and Steven both echoed her sentiments. Instead of trying to make sense of what happened, the judges instead scolded the Idol-voting audience for not picking up the phone.

Rolling Stone and The Hollywood Reporter point out that even celebrities took to their Twitter accounts to share their grief over the decision:

Actress Alyssa Milano said, "What in the world? Pia? Pia was sent home? How is that possible? I'm so confused."

"Idol" veteran Jennifer Hudson tweeted, "I can not believe they just eliminated Pia! Really? As long as she walked away with that voice she will be alright! Just hate to see talent like that go!" Former "Idol" judge Ellen DeGeneres also chimed in to her 6.3 million followers, "I am shocked and so sad."

Even Tom Hanks tweeted, "Don't have an IDOL habit, but how could the USA vote Pia off? I may be done for the season!"

But "Entertainment Tonight" host Nancy O'Dell was one of few who tried to shed some light, saying, "Teenagers are voting, popularity contest. Pia had the most potential and talent."

This week commemorates a more profound loss, whose tragedy continues to rock music lovers all over the world. 17 years ago on April 5th, 1994, legendary Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain committed suicide, leaving behind his wife Courtney Love and daughter Frances Bean Cobain. The anniversary of Cobain's death prompted a surge of interest in Frances Bean, who is now 18, emancipated from her mother and gained access to a multi-million dollar trust fund. In yet another loss, the Grammys announced they have cut 31 categories from their awards, making it difficult for artists in genres like Hawaiian and Metal to compete.

But in news of gain, Britney Spears debuted her latest video for her second single "Til The World Ends" off her Femme Fatale album. In even greater gains, Lady Antebellum won the title of having the most downloaded country song of all time for their Grammy Award-winning track "Need You Now."

Check out our links for more on this week's top stories. Here's hoping for less losses and more gains next week!


1) Goodbye Pia - "Idol" favorite Pia Toscano voted off

2) Remembering Kurt - Interest surges for Kurt Cobain's daughter on day of his death

3) Grammys Slim Down- 31 categories cut from awards show

4) Sub-Spears - Britney Spears debuts her underground music video

5) Have You Now - Lady Antebellum gets title of "Most Downloaded Country Song"

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