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Tuesday
Oct042011

'Dancing with the Stars' Pro Mark Ballas Loses Girlfriend, Gets Robbed

ABC/ADAM TAYLOR(LOS ANGELES) -- Mark Ballas has not had a great past couple of weeks.

The Dancing with the Stars professional broke up with his girlfriend Pia Toscano two weeks ago, and now he's the victim of a car break-in.

The dancer tweeted to his fans, “My car just got broke into and my first Martin guitar was taken…”

But wait, there's more bad news.  According to TMZ, Ballas also had an expensive Breitling watch stolen from him last week.

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Friday
Aug122011

'American Idol's' Scotty McCreery, Pia Toscano Talk Tour Secrets, Future

American Idol winner Scotty McCreery performs on GMA's Summer Concert Stage August 12, 2011. ABC(NEW YORK) --  American Idol's Top 11 finalists rocked out New York City's Central Park Friday, performing at Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series. GMA's Lara Spencer talked to season 10 Idol winner Scotty McCreery and finalist Pia Toscano after their performance and got the inside scoop on life on the Idol tour bus and much more.

The "Idols" are currently on the American Idol Live Tour, which wraps up in September. So what's life been like on the road with so many of their competitors?
"We have a girl's bus and a guy's bus, so us girls are so exhausted by the end of the show ... we just go to sleep," Toscano said.

"The guys, we stay up late," McCreery quipped. "We're jamming in the back and playing pranks on each other.

"We all get along really well," Toscano added.

McCreery Loves Elvis

Growing up, McCreery, who was born and raised in North Carolina, did impersonations of music legend Elvis Presley. "I was the Elvis fanatic when everyone else was into N'Sync and Backstreet Boys … so I was the weird kid back in elementary and middle school," he said.

McCreery grew up singing in church choirs and began guitar lessons at age 10. At 13, his voice changed and dropped to the famous deep tone that made him "Idol." At 17, McCreery became the youngest male winner in the show's history.

What's Next?

Both McCreery and Toscano have big plans for the future. McCreery's debut album, Clear as Day, comes out Oct. 4. His single I Love You This Big earned the highest debut for a new artist's first single on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since 1990.

"We didn't expect it to do as well as it did on radio … so that was a really humbling experience … and it was really cool to see that," he told Spencer.

Toscano recently released her debut music video for the single This Time and she will release a new album this fall.

"Down the line I would love to act sometime … but I just think I am going to stick with music right now," she said.

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Tuesday
Jul052011

Pia Toscano of 'American Idol' Signs with Interscope

Peter Kramer/NBC(LOS ANGELES) -- American Idol cast-off Pia Toscano has signed a recording contract with Interscope Records, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed Tuesday.  Toscano will record her debut album, which is set for release later this year.  

Last month, Antonina Armato of the production team Rock Mafia – who worked with all of the finalists this past season on Idol – told ABC News Radio, "[Pia] just got signed to Interscope. We just finished a song with her called 'Counterfeit,' which is phenomenal...and we did another song for her as well."

For now, the newly-signed artist will release her debut single, "This Time," on July 12.  The track will also be included in Toscano's set during the Summer 2011 American Idol Live! Tour.

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Tuesday
Jun212011

Pia Toscano Signs Record Deal

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Though America decided Pia Toscano wasn't worthy of making it into the top eight on American Idol, Interscope Records apparently thinks the singer is still worthy of a record deal.  

Antonina Armato of the production team Rock Mafia -- who worked with all of the finalists this past season on Idol -- tells ABC News Radio, "[Pia] just got signed to Interscope. We just finished a song with her called 'Counterfeit,' which is phenomenal...and we did another song for her as well."

The other song is called "Dreamgirl," but Armato and partner Tim James aren't sure if that tune will appear on Toscano's album.  As for "Counterfeit," Armato says Pia sang it "amazingly."  

The deal with Interscope came about quickly, according to Armato.

"They just made the decision a few days ago to actually pull the trigger to sign the deal," she explained. "They have to decide...I guess there's a certain amount of days after American Idol, where you decide, if you're not the winner, if they're actually going to get a record deal."

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Tuesday
May032011

Pia Toscano Starting Work on Debut Album Next Week?

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- After Pia Toscano was ejected from American Idol, there were rumors that she'd signed a record deal just days later.  She denied it, but even if she doesn't have a record deal, that doesn't mean she can't record an album. 

Sources told E! Online that Pia will start working on her debut CD as early as next week, and her plan is to record some singles that she can release as soon as American Idol wraps up later this month.

When asked if there was any truth to the report, both Fox and 19 Entertainment, the company that produces American Idol and manages many of the show's alumni, told ABC News Radio that they had no comment.

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Monday
May022011

Pia Toscano Earning $100,000 to Perform at Private Birthday Party

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- Don't shed a tear for Pia Toscano.  Despite her earlier-than-expected elimination from American Idol, she's still finding work as a singer.

Last week, she performed on Dancing with the Stars.  Now, TMZ.com reports, Toscano will earn $100,000 to sing at a private birthday party next Sunday in the Los Angeles area.

And she drives a hard bargain -- she initially rejected an offer of $50,000.

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Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano Says Mark Ballas Just a 'Really Good Friend'

ABC News (LOS ANGELES) -- Recently eliminated American Idol contestant Pia Toscano has confirmed that she's struck up a relationship with Dancing with the Stars pro Mark Ballas. But is that relationship platonic, or something more?

Speaking to People magazine on Monday, Toscano said Ballas is "a really good friend, I guess," and that he's been "really sweet and extremely supportive." 

What about the date that she reportedly had with Ballas in Los Angeles on Friday, one day after her surprise elimination on Idol? Toscano tells People magazine they were accompanied by a group of friends.

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Monday
Apr112011

Pia Toscano: Why Losing 'American Idol' Might Be Best

Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage(NEW YORK) -- Winning isn't everything, and losing American Idol could turn out to be the best thing for Pia Toscano. Her surprising elimination Thursday has already resulted in tons of exposure and a platform for selling millions of records when she inks a deal.

"I was completely blown away," Toscano told ABC News Radio when asked about America's reaction. "I was kind of like in an American Idol bubble. When I was on stage and got eliminated I was thinking, 'It's over, I'm going and it's so soon.'"

"I did not expect to have the support that I have now. I'm just so blown away, thankful, and I hope to do my music and make everybody proud."

Contrary to reports that Toscano has already secured a record deal with Interscope, which is run by American Idol season 10 mentor Jimmy Iovine, the 22-year-old singer said nothing has been signed.

"There's been so many great opportunities. But I'm focusing right now on the tour. Possibly you'll hear something after the tour."

Toscano, who auditioned for Idol five times and only made it as far as the Hollywood round previously, said she's looking forward to performing on the tour without the pressures of being judged and being on live television, which she called "nerve wracking."

Her album will have to wait until the Idol winner releases his or her coronation single. But Toscano is already thinking she'd like to include a mix of "big ballads, because that's where my heart is" and "fun up-tempo" numbers."

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

Saturday
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.

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Saturday
Apr092011

Pia Toscano's 'American Idol' Elimination; Sexism to Blame?

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Some are calling it the most shocking American Idol elimination ever, while other critics say Pia Toscano's departure from American Idol reveals the underlying sexism of voters on the most popular show on television.

The announcement 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, who was believed to be a finale shoe-in, was sent packing Thursday making her the fifth female in a row booted off the show this season.

"If you look at the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time," said Dalton Ross, editor at Entertainment Weekly. "If you look... the last three seasons of American Idol, three out of the four final contestants have been men every single time. With only two women left now, it looks like we're headed in that same direction."

Not since Jordin Sparks won four years ago has a female taken the Idol crown, and one theory is that young girls, who have bolstered the careers of pop stars ranging from the Beatles to Justin Bieber, may be casting the majority of votes ... and hormones rule.

"Why vote for a gorgeous glamorous girl who might feel like competition to them when they could vote for a wonderful gorgeous cute boy that they can have a crush on?" said psychologist Wendy Walsh.

Now only two women remain, Illinois native Haley Reinhart and Georgia native Lauren Alaina, putting the odds in favor of another male Idol.

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