In the last episode of American Idol, judges’ favorite Pia Toscano was eliminated. There was nothing that the panel could do as they had already used their only save on Casey Abrams. And while I wasn’t sad to see Pia go, it seems that an awful lot of people were. So much so that the show’s executive producer, Nigel Lythgoe, has said they may consider changing the voting format next season.
Nigel Lythgoe, like me, was not particularly surprised to see Pia Toscano eliminated. He told Yahoo! Music’s Reality Rocks at Friday’s Las Vegas callback auditions for Lythgoe’s other reality talent show, So You Think You Can Dance, that she was never a front runner. He saw the voting statistics week after week so he knew that Pia had never been drawing in the top votes. That is, despite a strong voice – which I admit she has. Lythgoe said, “it appears that Pia didn’t connect with the audience as much as we maybe think she did.” I’m not surprised but it seems a lot of American Idol fans were really shocked.
The shock elimination undoubtedly shook up the judging panel and made for a good buzz, but Nigel Lythgoe admitted that as a result of an obviously talented singer going out so early, the show bosses may change the voting system. Lythgoe stated the possibility of a voting system similar to the So You Think You Can Dance format, where voters determine the bottom three but the judges would decide who leaves the show. X Factor uses a similar elimination system and with X Factor coming to the US very soon, will they want two shows to be so similar?
What do you think? Do you want the judges to have the last say so that we can avoid any more Pia Toscano elimination shocks? Or should America decide?