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Pia Toscano Height 5'5" born October 14, 1988 in Howard Beach, New York, USA
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Pia Toscano: Born Pia Ann Rose Toscano, is an American singer from Howard Beach, New York. Toscano is currently a finalist on the tenth season of American Idol.
Toscano was born in 1988 and grew up in Howard Beach, New York. She is of Italian descent. She began performing in talent shows when she was four, and by the time she was nine, had performed in a local church production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Toscano was the official National Anthem singer at her middle school, P.S./M.S. 207, and performed at every event including graduation. She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City and graduated in 2006. Fellow Idol contestant Karen Rodriguez also attended this school.
She performed the National Anthem and "God Bless America" for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ minor league team, several times a year for three years. Additionally, Toscano was the winner of the New York Mets annual "Anthem Search" competition in 2008 and was selected to sing the national anthem at a July 2008 game. Toscano has also opened for the Barenaked Ladies.
Prior to Idol, Toscano worked as a make-up artist and as a wedding singer in a band called "Current Affair". She cites her musical influences as Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Etta James, and Luther Vandross.
American Idol Overview Toscano has previously auditioned for American Idol twice before. She made it through to Hollywood in Season 6, but her journey ended there. In 2010, she auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in East Rutherford, New Jersey and was put through to Hollywood, this time making it through to the Top 24. She impressed the judges with her rendition of "I'll Stand by You" during the semi-finals, receiving the first standing ovation of the season and earning her a place in the Top 13. The judges said she had one of the best performances on the show in Idol history. Toscano is currently a contestant in the Top 11.
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