Season 10 "American Idol" (Fox, 2002- ) Top 13 finalist Pia Toscano began her vocal training at age 12. The stunning 22-year-old singer graduated from the LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts. A freelance makeup artist, Toscano also sings in fluent Italian, and is the lead singer in a cover band. After blowing away the judges week after week with her signature power ballads, Toscano was shockingly cut midway through the competition. A public uproar ensued, but within days, Toscano scored a record deal and the sympathy of the American public.