By Adam B. Vary
April 08, 2011 at 01:30 PM EDT

The shock of Pia Toscano’s untimely exit from American Idol had barely settled in before pretty much everyone in America — everyone, even Barack Obama and Fred from YouTube — began asking themselves the same question: What?!? And: How?!?!? Also: WHAT?!?!?!? And finally: But…HOW?!?!?!?!?

Well, the answer, of course, is pretty simple: Not enough people voted for Pia. We can blame the unseen horde of tween girls who have already pledged their first borns to Scotty McCreery with every text, call, and online vote they make — and believe me, I’ve witnessed this firsthand in the Idoldome, the country kid is a baby chick magnet — but really, the only people we have to blame are ourselves. I’ll admit it first: I didn’t vote Wednesday night, for Pia or anyone else. In fact, I haven’t actually voted all season. I can personally rationalize this behavior from the journalistic perspective of not wanting to affect the outcome of a story I’m professionally covering, but really that’s just b.s. to help appease the growing bottomless pit of guilt that is eating my soul for letting poor Pia down. American Idol only works if America actually votes for their Idol. It’s like listening to public radio but not participating in their semi-annual pledge drives, except the outcome in this case destroys a person’s hopes and dreams.

Yes, there’s the whole matter of that horde of tweens voting multiple times while us non-tweens only vote once or twice, but I’m asking, have you voted for your favorite this season on American Idol? Note your honest answer in the poll below, and then explain yourself why in the comments.

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