J.Lo on American Idol’s Pia Toscano exit: “I’m still shocked”

In a special call to On Air with Ryan Seacrest today, Jennifer Lopez talked about America’s decision and Pia’s future in the industry.

“Honestly I don’t know what happened. The only thing I can think was that people thought she was safe, as I did,” Jennifer told host Ryan Seacrest. “I thought she’d be around until the top five – at least until the top two.”

After Pia’s exit was announced, J.Lo was on the verge of tears. She and fellow judges Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler walked on stage at the end of the show, to support Toscano.

“I was just trying to let her know that we were pushing her every week because she was one of the safe ones,” she said. “In this business there’s always doors that are slammed in your face. I’ve had tons of doors slammed in my face. I told her to stay true in her heart, to have faith and to know that if this wasn’t the path, that there was something bigger for her, and I believe that.”

Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their “lack of passion was unforgivable.” Jackson also reminded the audience that “no one is safe; you’ve got to vote for the ones you love.”

Joining Toscano in the bottom three were Stefano Langone, 21, and Jacob Lusk, 23.

What do you think of Pia’s elimination?

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