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Pia Toscano: ‘American Idol’ Contestant Signs with Interscope

Despite being voted off the popular reality show, “American Idol” earlier this year, contestant Pia Toscano is still getting her chance in the music industry.

Toscano signed with the recording company, Interscope Records with plans to release release her debut single “This Time” on July 12 according to a statement from the company.

The season 10 contestant, who is scheduled to tour with the rest of the the American Idol cast in the “American Idols Live!” 2011 Tour this summer, will be performing her new song during the concerts. The tour starts in Salt Lake City, Utah Wednesday, ending on September 10 in Rochester, New York.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Interscope and 19 Recordings family,” said Toscano in the statement. “[Interscope Geffen A&M Chariman] Jimmy Lovine was an amazing mentor during my time on Idol and I’m looking forward to working with him and everyone at Interscope Records and 19 Recordings. This is a dream come true.”

In an interview with the official American Idol website, Toscano expressed her desires to become a professional recording artist after the show said, “I am so grateful for all my blessings being on this show, but I would love a real opportunity to express myself on a national stage as well as live, the dream my grandpa Jay wished for me.”

Toscano’s song was written and co-produced by Esther Dean who is also known for writing music for big artist such as Katy Perry, Rihanna and latest musical phenomenon, Nicki Minaj. Toscano’s album is set to debut later this year.

In her personal life, Toscano has recently been linked to “Dancing with the Stars” professional, Mark Ballas according to People. The couple were last spotted out together on June 20 at the popular Beverely Hills restaurant, Mr. Chow.

Season 10 winner, Scotty McCreery, signed with 19 Entertainment and is releasing his full length album to debut in the fall.

“American Idol” producers are currently looking for contestants to audition for season 11. The next audition for the show will take place in San Diego on July 8, followed by stops in Houston, Pittsburgh, Charleston and Denver later this summer. Auditions to find the next American Idol have already taken place in St. Louis and Portland.

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