Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are definitely very proud of the Top 13 finalists they chose this season on American Idol. But one contestant in particular seems to be leaving the judges almost speechless — 22-year-old Pia Toscano!
On last night’s show, Pia chose a heavy-hitting song by her idol Céline Dion — “All By Myself.” And of course, she nailed it!
“Ever since I was 8-years-old, I loved Céline Dion. She is very family driven and I am is well,” Pia said. “I feel like having the career that she does and being able to stay so close to your family is very important.”
“It’s a very emotional song,” she added. “I can really connect with it. My dad has always instilled it in me to rehearse rehearse rehearse. This song was always a challenge for me and now I can finally sing it. I’m really hoping to make my dad proud tonight.”
So what were the judges’ reactions?
“We love you Pia, I mean…” J.Lo began, becoming speechless for a couple of seconds. “A lot of people were thinking what you were going to do to top last week. There it is! Really, really beautiful.”
Randy and Steven echoed similar sentiments.
“It’s been a lot of years on this show and we always tell people the big three are the Mariah’s, the Whitney’s, the Céline’s those girls have sold more records then any females in the world, and we always say don’t tackle those songs if you can’t do them,” Randy said. “You know Céline can slay these songs but you have that quality. Those notes you can hit, you just hit them dead on without even thinking about it. I’m in awe ever time. Very hot, dope cool performance”
“Your a polished that apple,” Steven added. “Happy International Women’s Day, by the way. You make a lot of women proud.”
“Received the most beautiful flowers from a very special fan. Thank you for all the support, letters and love.. It means everything to me,” Pia Tweeted hours ago.
Looks like she is definitely an early frontrunner in the hit FOX singing competition!
Last week, Pia’s rendition of “I’ll Stand By You” by The Pretenders, resulted in the first standing ovation from the judges!
Watch Pia nail Céline below! Do you think it was better then her performance last week? Share your thoughts in the comments.