Pia "never a front-runner" says Lythgoe

American Idol executive producer has told fans that Pia Toscano was never a front-runner to take the title this year.

The surprise elimination of the 22-year-old singer left many stunned last week, including judge Jennifer Lopez who believed Toscano was safe.

Lythgoe said that despite the public outcry, there were better singers in the competition than Toscano.

“Number one, I know the results so I know she was never a frontrunner,” he said. “When I heard that she was going, I was pretty upset – angry, you could say,” Lythgoe told Yahoo! Music.

“The more I’ve sort of thought about it, the more I’ve calmed down, I’ve realised that at the end of the day, this is going to happen every week now because the talent is so strong. 

“The fact of the matter is that it appears Pia didn’t connect with the audience as much as we maybe think she did. And she wasn’t voted through. That’s the fact of the matter.”

Source: Digital Spy

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