AMERICAN IDOL: Steven Tyler. CR: Tony Duran / FOX.

AMERICAN IDOL: Steven Tyler. CR: Tony Duran / FOX.

Steven Tyler knows a great singer when he hears one and for him, Pia Toscano was one of the best on American Idol. Which was why he was so bummed when Toscano was sent packing Thursday night.

“How could anybody vote her off when she sings like an angel?” Tyler questions. “But, it’s America and they get the final vote. I just love her. Out of all the singer’s I thought she just sang the best…for me.”

Though Tyler knows her voice was spot-on, he also knows the show is a weekly gamble as to who stays and who goes.

“It’s American Musical Chairs up there,” he points out. “I know that she’s going to go on beyond what anybody expects.”

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Why he was so surprised that Toscano was eliminated.

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Why he is convinced Toscano will have a long singing career despite being eliminated from the Idol competition.

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