Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pia Toscano Shows She Can Bring Down the House "All By Myself"

American Idol Season 10 has been blessed by the amazing singing of Pia Toscano, who gave a stand-out performance of Celine Dion's "All By Myself"! The Top 13 contestants were asked to choose a song by their personal 'Idol'. Pia choose Dion, saying, "Since I was 8 years old, I loved Celine Dion. She's very family oriented and I am as well. And I feel like, you know, having the career that she does and being able to stay so close with your family is extremely important." Toscano picked "All By Myself" because "it's a very emotional song. And I can really connect with it."

The judges, once again, loved Pa Toscano's Performance. Jennifer Lopez thought Pia topped last week, saying, “Really beautiful.” Randy Jackson said, “We say don’t tackle those songs if you can’t do them. But you have that quality. You hit the notes dead on without even thinking about it. Very hot, dope, cool performance.” Steven Tyler said “That was the sum of all your performances so far.” But Steven always has to say something eccentric, so he added, “You just polished that apple. You just slammed it.”

All by Myself" is a power ballad written and originally performed by Eric Carmen in 1975, with the verse borrowing heavily from the second movement (Adagio Sostenuto) of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18. One of the more notable cover versions of "All by Myself" was recorded by CĂ©line Dion in 1996. It was the fourth (or third, depending on the country) hit single from her album "Falling into You" It has a belted high F sustained for an entire 12 seconds! Dion performed this song many times during world tours, TV shows and music events such as the Grammy Awards (1997) and Billboard Music Awards (1997). Dion recorded also a Spanish version of "All by Myself," called "Sola Otra Vez".

The "All by Myself" single became one of Dion's biggest hits in the United States, reaching number 1 on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks (for three weeks) and the Latin Pop Airplay (two weeks). It peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 (number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and number 5 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales). It was also a top 10 hit in France, United Kingdom, Belgium and Ireland. In Canada, "All by Myself" was released as a promotional single only, hitting number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. "All by Myself" was certified gold in the U.S. (500,000), and silver in the UK (200,000) and France (165,000).

The track was included on some editions of Dion's greatest hits "All the Way…A Decade of Song" in 1999 and on "My Love: Essential Collection" in 2008.

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