The day's most popular stories
The elimination of front-runner Pia Toscano on "American Idol" sent shockwaves through the viewing public.
April 8th, 2011
10:29 PM ET

The day's most popular stories

The five most popular stories on CNN.com in the past 24 hours, according to NewsPulse.

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Did female voters send Pia home on 'Idol?' It would be so easy to blame the teenage girls. The "American Idol" studio audience was full of them. They rushed the stage Wednesday night after contestant Scotty McCreery sang an Elvis Presley song to hug him and tug on his clothes. But were the teen female fans, with their faster-than-lightning voting fingers, to blame for the shockingly early ouster of front-runner Pia Toscano on Thursday night?

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  1. banasy

    OT
    Hi, ThomasD. I know what it is, I was being my usual sarcastic self! I don't watch reality shows either, I like watching TV to *escape* reality.

    @L64: Hi! How are ya?

    April 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  2. leeintulsa

    LOL! My thoughts exactly. Hi, Banasy 🙂

    April 9, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. L64

    I'm well banasy, and you?

    April 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  4. buny

    To All the American Idol fans, this is your clue that you've wasted ALOT of your worthless time watching this BS, her "record deal" was already in the works and her being "voted" off was all planned to keep you watching and allow her get on with her much deserved record agreement.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. L64

    Well , if my time is as worthless as you say, then it doesn't matter how l spend it.

    April 9, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. ThomasD

    Yeah Banasy. I kinda thought you should know darn well what it was. And yeah, I can't stand tv like that. Im all about science and discovery.

    April 9, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    OT
    @L64: I'm just ducky, thanks!

    @leeintulsa: Hi, back atcha!

    @ThomasD: 🙂

    April 9, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @buny: Relax. And good for her. And who cares?

    April 9, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Herbert

    Buny is hopping mad.

    April 9, 2011 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. L64

    Haha

    April 9, 2011 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    Hay all. It looks like we'll be waiting a while longer before we get to see the gov shut down. Be patient...it's bound to happen.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Philip

    Gee...didn't realize it was that late. gn

    April 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    @Herbert: hi!
    @Philip: goodnight.

    April 9, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Herbert

    @banasy: hi & no reality shows for me either-nite.

    April 10, 2011 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
  15. Pleasant

    Reality Shows have less reality and more show. It is high time people stop watching this pseudo reality nonsense and get a life. http://www.iampleasant.com/

    April 10, 2011 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
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