Pia Toscano, once regarded as this season's front-runner, was eliminated on Thursday's episode of "American Idol." Stefano Langone and Jacob Lusk joined her in the bottom three.
Weigh in: Did Pia deserve to go home?
The elimination was arguably the most shocking moment so far this season. The judges were visibly upset by the news.
"I'm shocked. I'm angry. I don't even know what to say," Jennifer Lopez said.
Randy Jackson added, "This makes me mad."
In her final moments on the "Idol" stage, Pia repeated her performance of "I'll Stand by You" before breaking down in tears.
Throughout the competition, the judges praised Pia for her strong, consistent vocals. She took some heat for performing only ballads up until this week. On Wednesday's performance show, she attempted to vary her routine by singing "River Deep, Mountain High."
Some fans said it proved her vocal power, while others criticized Pia for being too robotic on stage.
I wasn't a huge Pia fan, but she shouldn't have been eliminated at this stage in the game. Sure, Pia lacked personality. But personality is a much easier skill to acquire than talent.
Ultimately, I think Pia fell into the dreaded "Idol" trap of being too perfect. Regardless of whether it makes sense, "Idol" fans are often leery of contestants who seem to already have it all.
Also on Thursday's show, we saw performances by "Idol" alum Constantine Maroulis (now known for his role in "Rock of Ages") and a scary shirtless Iggy Pop. The finalists performed a rock medley that included "I Love Rock and Roll," "The Letter" and "Sweet Home Alabama."
We saw pre-taped footage of the singers getting advice from Russell Brand and Gwen Stefani, as well as visiting TMZ.
Eight singers remain in the competition: Haley Reinhart, Stefano Langone, Paul McDonald, James Durbin, Casey Abrams, Lauren Alaina, Jacob Lusk and Scotty McCreery.