Posted Fri, April 8, 2011 6:15pm EST

Pia Toscano, Adam Lambert & 8 More Shocking Moments In 'American Idol' History!

Looking back throughout the last 10 seasons of ‘American Idol,’ it seems like the most talented contestants always get cut before they should!

The world was stupefied when the talented and beautiful Pia Toscano was eliminated from American Idol April 7. However, the 22-year-old belter’s elimination isn’t necessarily the most shocking moment in the show’s history. Remember when Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert in season eight? What about when Chris Daughtry got the boot before Katharine McPhee in season five? Check out our Top 10 most shocking moments in Idol history and tell us which one surprised you most!

1. Pia Toscano: With two-to-one odds of winning the competition, no one expected Pia Toscano, 22, to be the ninth contestant eliminated on Season 10. Everyone thought she was a fan favorite!

2. Adam Lambert: When Ryan Seacrest announced Kris Allen was the season eight winner of American Idol, he was shocked. Everyone — including him — thought Adam Lambert was going to take home the top prize.

3. David Archuleta: Even though he was only 16 years old at the time, David Archuleta was the predicted winner of season seven of American Idol. However, in May 2008 he finished as runner-up to David Cook, which shocked even Simon Cowell.

4. Chris Daughtry: Despite having great success post-American Idol, Chris Daughtry only made it to fourth place in Season 5, getting the boot before Katharine McPhee.

5. Constantine Maroulis: Placing sixth-place in Season 4, Constantine Maroulis was expected to go much further in the competition and has had continued success since getting kicked off the show.

6. Jennifer Hudson: When Jennifer Hudson got seventh place in Season 3, many people were outraged and blamed a power outage in her hometown of Chicago on her low number of votes. She’s since gone on to win an Academy Award.

7. Tamyra Gray: Simon Cowell has said he was shocked and disappointed when Tamyra Gray was eliminated in fourth place in Season 1 because he expected her to potentially win the entire contest.

8. Gina Glocksen: After appearing in Season 5 at Hollywood Week, Gina Glocksen was determined to go all the way in Season 6. However, the rainbow-haired singer only made it to ninth-place, even though she’d never been in bottom three before she was given the boot.

9. Clay Aiken: Clay Aiken had a fan base akin to no one else in Season 2 — however, he was still beaten out by Ruben Studdard in the season finale. It was the first time in Idol history America was shocked by the winner.

10. Casey Abrams: Casey Abrams was shockingly eliminated in Season 10, but the judges quickly used their one save of the season, despite still having 11 contestants remaining. There was more swearing in this episode than in any in the show’s history!

Kirstin Benson

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Posted at 10:22 AM on May 11, 2012  

no wonder the adam incident was the most shocking in American Idol history :o

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Posted at 7:22 PM on July 29, 2011  

Is this poll ever going to end or did someone forget about it??????

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Pia Toscano LOVER

Posted at 5:10 AM on April 13, 2011  

Pia Toscano is the future Diva of all just like Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood! She deserves to win the whole show! Even Adam Lambert, David Cook, Chris Daughtry, and many artist are shocked when Pia was eliminated. She could kill every high notes. And that thing could make her a star!

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Veronica Quijano

Posted at 4:59 AM on April 13, 2011  

Why you put that thing that David Archuleta should win and not David Cook? David Cook deserve that title! Maybe David Archuleta on the other hand maybe more popular than David Cook but, David Cook has more musical achievements without many fans supporting him on the way! But the thing about Adam Lambert, its true! ADAM LAMBERT and DAVID COOK are the most talented guys on the show ever!

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Posted at 1:26 PM on April 11, 2011  

There is/was no contest between Kris and Adam Lambert. Adam was the frontrunner all the way through that season. That he didn’t win just goes to show how fixed A.I. is. It doesn’t matter though, Adam is so much more popular and successful than Kris whats-his-last-name.

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Posted at 9:42 AM on April 10, 2011  

The moment when Seacrest announced that Kris WHO? won season 8 instead of Adam Lambert, that show lost all it’s creditability. Judges should have more decisional power in that show so that they better help in selecting the real talent. It’s normal the voters don’t always get it right; they are not specialists and don’t understand the real value of the contestnats.

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Posted at 9:34 AM on April 10, 2011  

Adam Lambert not winning was such a major shock and I would still vote for that one, but my second major shock would have to be when Michael John’s was eliminated.

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Posted at 5:06 PM on April 9, 2011  

This show is lame, still can’t believe Lambert had to go through this fake show.

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Posted at 12:41 PM on April 9, 2011  

Why aren’t Michael Johns and Carly Smithson of season 7 on the list? Is is because they weren’t actually American?

Yet Chris Daughtry who was in the bottom 2 three weeks before being eliminated out is, as is Ruben’s totally expected win over wildcard Clay.

How about Siobhan McManus (aka Pia Toscano with personality, likeability and charisma) ?

Anyway, how any other “shock” can even be included in any list with Adam Lambert not winning is a joke.

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Posted at 5:59 AM on April 9, 2011  

adam as runner up was really the most shocking moment at american idol!everybody was shocked from katy perry to kim kardashian and paula abdul…!

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Posted at 3:22 AM on April 9, 2011  

Thinking about it, this maybe also justifiable. Give the limelight to the singers whose talented enough but doesn´t have the fortune to be successful in this business. Those singers who voted off earlier become the famous one anyway, because it´s their destiny to be there like Jennifer Hudson, Clay Aiken, David Archuleta, Adam Lambert, and more. Maybe it´s also fair enough.

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Posted at 8:49 PM on April 8, 2011  

Never seen that show before, all I know is Adam is the best!

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Posted at 7:51 PM on April 8, 2011  

simon cowell pridicted david cook would win, and michael johns shoudl be on her as well :D

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Posted at 1:18 PM on April 10, 2011  

Never heard about Michael Johns, sorry

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