Is American Idol's
Voting Flawed?

Fans and judges were surprised when American Idol favorite Pia Toscano was eliminated off of last night’s show -- and today, there are rumors that a voting glitch may have been responsible for her premature exit.

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Fans are speaking out over the elimination of American Idol's Pia Toscano, saying there was a voting glitch online that would not allow them to vote for the 22-year-old New Yorker.

"My wife was trying to vote for her online and couldn't get it to work," one fan told RadarOnline. "We're not big fans of Pia and we didn't think she would ultimately win, but we wanted to vote for her. And my wife clicked on the link online and it didn't work first time, then she tried again and it still didn't work. It wasn't until the fifth time that it finally worked! We thought if people wanted to vote for her, they'd have to keep on clicking."

Despite the complaints from fans, a production source said there were no issues with voting.

Pia is not the first American Idol contestant to be voted off prematurely. Jennifer Hudson and Chris Daughtry were voted off American Idol -- and went on to have amazing careers!

But still, the question remains: Is American Idol's voting system flawed? Or did America like Pia -- but not love her enough to vote for her? It seems many fans are now speaking out, but were they actually voting for her when it counted?

Pia herself admitted that she wasn't shocked she was voted off -- and even had a premonition it would happen.

"I wasn't shocked, but I was upset to leave the contestants and to not be performing on the show again. But I want to stay positive and know that everything happens for a reason," she said. "I can't say why I was voted off, I just know it was my time to go. I have no regrets and I had a great time."

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Comments on "Did voting glitch cause Pia Toscano’s American Idol elimination?"

lucille April 13, 2011 | 5:01 AM

My comment is that pia should return and the voting should be done propely. But what is going to happen now. That's what I want to know. Pia deserves a 2nd chance if anybody had to leave it should of been jacob or paul

ema April 11, 2011 | 10:44 AM

I DID VOTE FOR PIA....30 min and could not get thru phone or online. I don't care what Nigel or AI say....the voting was not accurate. I like Stephano and had voted for him in the past weeks, but knew he did not have a chance to win. I vote every week and have not had any issues untill last thurs. Even if the line was busy....I called and got thru the next time and did not get errors or call nack later msgs. NIGEL FESS UP.... a mistake has been made and needs to be fixed. And for the idiots saying the "hicks from the south" didn't vote for Pia....u r the ignorant idiot who has no idea what u are talking about. Scotty and Pia should be the last two standing! Hows that for being biased.

Steph April 09, 2011 | 2:41 PM

I also had a glitch when I tried voting! I voted via cell phone & it didn't except it right away. It would usually send me a confirmationtext immediately afterwards, and it didn't..

Jeff in Montana April 09, 2011 | 2:20 AM

I tried to vote for Pia on line and was linked through my facebook account, the first time i tried it came up with an error that the link was down. I tried again in a few minutes and it seemed to work, but the window that pops up that says I just cast my vote for Pia. Popped up the first time I voted like it's suppose to but also did every tine after that, I tried voting 6 times and each time that window pooped up and froze my screen for a second or two. I have voted for Pia on line since the beginning and never had that issue. I wasn't sure if my votes actually counted or not and was certain there was a glitch.

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