By Sandra Gonzalez
Updated March 03, 2011 at 05:10 PM EST

Image Credit: Michael Becker/FoxMaybe my attention has been focused too much on Casey Abrams, Jacob Lusk, Lauren Alaina, and Paul McDonald to notice, but where the heck did Pia Toscano come from?

Last night, after Peaches announced Pia would be closing the show, I couldn’t remember her audition particularly well without consulting the Google Lords. (I only knew that she came out of the east-coast auditions.) Her Hollywood Week group performance sparked a bit of my memory, because I remember her group had been one of the few with (shockingly rare) solid harmonies. But she had been an afterthought. Shows what I know…

But I love being shocked and surprised by Idols. In fact, the last time I was comparatively surprised by a contestant was in season 7 when Jason Castro (who I’d meh’ed at since audition rounds) sang “Hallelujah” during the Top 16.

Am I alone in this, PopWatchers? Did you anticipate this kind of performance from Pia? (Go ahead; claim you anticipated it the entire time. That’s going to be my story as she undoubtedly moves on in the competition. It’ll be our secret.)

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