Many of the winners of American Idol seem to be cursed with an unsuccessful music career once the show is over (whatever happened to Ruben Studdard btw?). There are, of course, a few exceptions like Carrie Underwood, but many have fallen into the black hole of failed albums. The good news is that former contestant Pia Toscano seems to already be spreading her musical wings with the release her first music video, for the song This Time, and it's actually not that bad. I'm a big fan of the song itself, so on it's own is good enough for me, but the music video sets the mood for the message the song is trying to get across. The singer is shown driving in a blue convertible or staring out into the ocean on a beach while singing lyrics like, "I'm gonna free myself, gonna make a change. And like a butterfly, I'mma spread my wings." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to put together that driving a car signifies leaving the past behind, while the waves and changing tide represent starting over. It's not ground-breaking when it comes to music videos (she's no Lady Gaga...yet anyways), but the song is strong enough to support a video of average quality. She looks great, she sounds great -- I'm sold. See for yourself:
Good, right? Hard to believe Toscano only placed ninth in the tenth season of the popular reality show. Fans and contestants were shocked after her elimination, even the judges were confused with America's decision. Judge Jennifer Lopez commented after the results saying, "I have no idea what just happened here...I’m shocked. I’m angry. I don’t even know what to say.” It all seems to be working out for the 22 year-old singer though, who signed with Interscope Records soon after her elimination. She is also said to be working on her first album, which will come out in the fall. I look forward to seeing what this talented singer has to offer.