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About Pia Toscano

Pia Ann Rose Toscano is an American singer from Howard Beach, New York. Toscano placed ninth on the tenth season of American Idol. Previously considered to be a frontrunner in the competition, her removal came as a shock to judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, all of whom were visibly and vocally upset and outraged. Many viewers and media outlets describe Toscano's departure as one of the most shocking eliminations in American Idol history.
Toscano was born in 1988 and grew up in Howard Beach, New York. She is of Italian descent. She began performing arts in talent shows when she was four, and by the time she was nine, had performed in a local church production of "Jesus Christ Superstar". Toscano was the official National Anthem singer at her middle school, P.S./M.S. 207, and performed at every event including graduation. She attended LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts in New York City and graduated in 2006. Fellow Idol competitor Karen Rodriguez also attended this school.
She performed the National Anthem and "God Bless America" for the Brooklyn Cyclones, the Mets’ minor league team, several times a year for three years. In addition, Toscano was the winner of the New York Mets annual "Anthem Search" competition in 2008 and was selected to sing the National Anthem at a July 2008 game. Toscano has also opened for the Barenaked Ladies and performed with Josh Groban at Madison Square Garden.
Toscano audition for American Idol four times before. She made it during to Hollywood in Season 6, but her journey ended there. In 2010, she auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and was put through to Hollywood, this time making it through to the Top 24. She impressed the judges with her rendition of "I'll Stand by You" during the semi-finals, in receipt of the first standing ovation of the season and earning her a place in the Top 13. Randy Jackson comment that this was one of the most "amazing performances" on Idol in its 10 seasons. In an elimination said to be one of the most shocking in Idol history, Toscano was eliminated from the competition on April 7, 2011, finishing in ninth place.
Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from American Idol, Toscano was report to have signed a recording agreement with Inters cope Records. Inters cope wants to produce a single with Toscano and release it while the current season of Idol is still on.

Full Moon Party

The Full Moon Party is an all-night beach party that takes place in Haad Rin on the island of Ko Pha Ngan, Thailand on the night before or after every full moon.
The first Full Moon Party was makeshift at a wooden disco not far from the beach in 1985 for giving thanks to about 20-30 travelers. They rapidly gained fame through word of mouth, and the event now draws a crowd about 20,000-30,000 every full moon evening. The parties carry on until the sun rises the next day. The bars on the sunrise beach of Haad Rin town stay open and play music such as R&B, drum and bass, house, dance and reggae.
The modern event has become a part of the itinerary of many travelers to Asia. It is characterized by unruly and potentially dangerous attractions such as fire skipping ropes, wildly variable alcohol strength bucket, and a drug culture. It is seen by many as the ultimate party knowledge, although drug laws are still strict, and police enforcement is stepped up during the parties.
The Full Moon Party is featured in films such as Last Stop for Paul and the Thai film Hormones. It was also featured in the first event of the Comedy Central TV show Gerhard Reinke's Wanderlust. In 2011, the island's parties featured on Tourism and the Truth: Stacey Dooley Investigates, a documentary investigating the negative impacts of tourism on local people and the economy.
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