Pia Toscano's 'American Idol' elimination shocks tweeters too!
Those of us who are shocked by Pia Toscano's elimination from "American Idol" and wondering if maybe our own love for her made us blind to some growing online social media movement against her, may take comfort in a chart released Thursday night immediately after Ryan Seacrest delivered the shocking news: Turns out, the Twitter chatters loved her too.
According yap.TV, a social media TV app for iPhone devices, which measured the quantity and sentiment of viewer response on Twitter during and in the 24 hours following Wednesday night's "Idol" in which Pia slayed the uptempo "River Deep, Mountain High," Pia was the subject of more Twitter commentary, much of it positive, than any other contestant. (Scotty McCreery came in second; Jacob Lusk, who was in this week's bottom three, third.)
What's more, adds yap.TV's Co-Founder Shawn Cunningham, "Pia has had the most Twitter chatter this entire week, and clearly was thought to be the top pick."
For what it's worth, Pia's tweeting supporters are not giving up: At least one fan has started an online petition to bring her back. (Will celebrity Pia supporters like Tom Hanks and Snooki sign it?)
But Pia seems to have regained her equilibrium in the hours since her elimination, tweeting late last night: "I'm truly going to miss my idol family! Thank you @JLo Randy and Steven for believing in me. Love you and love my fans!"
What do you think went wrong for Pia? Why did she get voted off, despite apparent widespread popular support? Please share your theories!
-- Amy Reiter
Photo: Pia Toscano, with Ryan Seacrest, is eliminated on Fox's "American Idol" on Thursday. Credit: Michael Becker / Fox