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Apr092011

Report: Pia Toscano Inks Record Deal After Shocking 'Idol' Exit

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Just days after her shocking American Idol elimination, Pia Toscano has reportedly inked a recording deal with Interscope Records.

The 22-year-old New York native signed the deal with Interscope less than two days after her controversial axing from the talent show on Thursday night, according to US magazine. The label is reportedly rushing to put an album together for the white-hot Toscano.

"After the show, Interscope told her they wanted her and first thing [Friday] morning, Interscope brass started calling every top songwriter and producer in town to get an album together and rush release it," a source told US magazine.

"Papers are being finalized. It's basically a done deal. She's signing. They rushed everything but she's so excited," the source said.

A representative for Interscope Records was not available Saturday to speak with ABC News.

Thursday's announcement of Toscano' departure from the 10th season of American Idol came after a rollicking performance by Iggy Pop, in which he shed his shirt to belt out "Real Wild Child."

As host Ryan Seacrest said Toscano's name, the crowd's enthusiasm disappeared. The audience shouted "no" while the judges looked stunned. Jennifer Lopez, on the verge of tears, said she was angry and speechless. Randy Jackson echoed her anger and Steven Tyler told America their "lack of passion was unforgivable."

Toscano's exit marks the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season. She was assumed by many to be a finale shoe-in.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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