American Idol finalist Pia Toscano, appearing on Monday's Live! with Regis & Kelly, called her shocking elimination last week "a blessing in disguise. "
As fans of Idol know, Toscano found herself in the bottom three for the first time last Thursday night, and was ultimately the one voted off, while Stefano Langone live to sing another day.
"I feel like it was a blessing in disguise, that has prepared me for this moment," Toscano, who’d auditioned for the show four previous times, told the morning duo. "It's been such a whirlwind.”
Toscano, asked about a rumored Interscope Records contract she’d been offered, said, “I haven't done anything yet, I’m just more focused on the show’s summer arena tour.”
Asked why she thought she was eliminated -- perhaps prematurely -- Toscano said, "You never really know. I really don't know what happened. I'm just thankful for the experience.”
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Toscano, a 22-year-old from New York, had garnered strong buzz as a favorite to win with her star power, beauty and talent.
She'd wowed the judges and audience alike with rousing renditions of Elton John's Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, Alicia Keys' Doesn't Mean Anything and The Pretenders' I'll Stand by You.
She continued her string of jaw-dropping performances on Live! with Regis & Kelly Monday, singing Stevie Wonder's All in Love is Fair.
American Idol returns Wednesday on Fox at 8/7c.