What's the verdict on Pia Toscano's 'This Time'?
July 12th, 2011
11:16 AM ET

What's the verdict on Pia Toscano's 'This Time'?

As promised, Pia Toscano's single "This Time" has arrived.

It's the former "Idol" contestant's first single from an upcoming album that's expected to drop later this year, now that she's signed with "Idol" mentor Jimmy Iovine's Interscope.

The track, which Toscano performed last week on the "American Idol Live" tour, premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio show yesterday, and it's all about a woman who's decided that this time will be the last time for a no-good lover.

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"This time I'm gonna do it my way/This time I'm finding out the hard way/This time I'm going back to the girl I was when you found me," she sings on the hook. The song was written by Ester Dean, who's penned hits like Rihanna's "S&M" and "Rude Boy."

Billboard notes that "lyrically, Toscano finds her strength - from what sounds to be an emotionally or even physically abusive relationship - on the midtempo pop ballad," while Entertainment Weekly is calling it the "kind of song we expect to hear Rachel Berry singing the next time Finn screws up: Sad, relatable, and a touch awe-inspiring."

The Wrap adds that while "Toscano sings the hell" out of the song, it's nonetheless "a compendium of comeback cliches," and may not be the song to track her potential success with.

What's your verdict?

Filed under: American Idol 2011 • Music

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Sharon

    Hate it sounds boring pia out ever one made a big deal over pia all she wants is to stand and get photos takinen not a pop idol but a Wana be

    July 21, 2011 at 7:48 am | Report abuse |
  2. Greg

    I love Pia Toscano. She as a great voice and is beatiful and will learn stage presence as she performs more. The first single should not have been released. The song is TOTAL CRAP. Interscope should try to be selective in what they have Pia record and release. She is a jewel in the list of their artists and with the right career management and choices she could be a major star. There seems to be a real lack of creative people whether it is songwriters or movie makers or television producers. Pia Toscano deserves better than what her record label gave her.

    July 18, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. andy

    Great job pia, how good is that voice.what ever any one says,you will just grow and grow,hit after hit. Bring on the cd.

    July 16, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dana

    I love the song. Her voice is amazing in it and it's a great song. She is going to be a big star! Pia Let the haters hate

    July 14, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Doug

    The Good:
    Her voice is off the charts and will be for a very long time

    The Bad:
    She has a pop writer giving her lyrics. The song doesn't fit her capabilities and if she keeps up with songs like this her voice will certainly take backseat to crap content. Can Smokey Robinson still write songs? How bout Lionel Richie? This Time sucks...but that's not Pia's fault.

    July 14, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Merita

    Absolutely love it!!!!

    July 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marti

    I had my money on Pia to win Idol. She was by far the best singer hands down. She'll go far regardless. Her voice is wonderful....GO PIA!!!

    July 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Anita

    Really like it, it will be a top hit I am sure, she is absolutely gorgeous and has a great voice

    July 13, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Sharon

    song is ok ~ not what I expected from her at all and as long as I don't have to see her perform and do her little squat dance she does then I may be able to listen but will not buy the album 🙁

    July 13, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  10. EmilyAnn

    Sounds like Jimmy is dumbing her down already Her voice sounds great, but the song is not at all classy enough for Pia.

    July 13, 2011 at 11:06 am | Report abuse |
  11. Norm

    I'd nail her.

    July 13, 2011 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rough Rosie

    Thumbs down.

    July 13, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  13. LUIS

    Love it!!! She will be succesful in a heart beat!!! Good for you PIA!

    July 12, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. mONIQUE


    July 12, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rudy Pataky

    Give her a break. The song right now is 100% better than most of the crap out there now. Remember, her handlers are deciding on what she sings. The'll get it right. Most of the negative reviews are from girls-I wonder why?

    July 12, 2011 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Doug

      I'm a guy...this song sucks. Her voice is fantastic, everything else about this song is rubbish. Her "handlers" are trying to skirt the pop/country line because those are the largest music markets.

      Epic fail "handlers"!

      July 14, 2011 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  16. vibrantflame

    This is Pia? It does not sound like her at all.....it sounds like Carrie Underwood.

    July 12, 2011 at 9:23 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Idolgirl

    I'm not liking it. The key she is singing in is not her best, it goes way too shrill. Her vibrato is too fast for my taste.

    July 12, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Denver the Last Dinosaur

    I would still kill a hobo to eat her butt.

    July 12, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Nelda Cotter

    I think Pia deserves a better song arrangement for her talent. This sounds way to much like Jordon Sparks

    July 12, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. GERI


    July 12, 2011 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Kim H

    Nothing inspiring...nothing that would make me want to buy her album. Sounds like every other canned piece of music out there. YUK

    July 12, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  22. nati

    Really like her song, love that its more modern and faster paced then what she did on Idol.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  23. damon

    Not my type of music but I'll follow and buy anything Pia Toscano. The girl will be a superstar soon. Those pipes on her are impossibly perfect.

    July 12, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. jujubeans

    I'll help her find out the "hard" way.

    July 12, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Rebecca

    Awful cookie cutter crap

    July 12, 2011 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Evel Knievel


    July 12, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Chris

    When I first heard it I said "it's ok". Kinda too pop for me. But today I am actually finding myself tapping my foot and singing along. It'll keep me interested to hear her album

    July 12, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  28. B-scot

    Its a good catchy song with a Pop country feel and Pia has a great voice but not a prefect match as currently arranged. Slow it down and drop it a key maybe two would it improve it but could limit it marketability in different radio genres, since it would lose some of the country vibe.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Casey Anthony will write a book and become a millionaire

    and where is Caseys album deal... YOU LOSERS!

    July 12, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  30. John

    Pia's my girl.Liked her from the get go.With the right handlers,this girl can go a long ways and her
    looks don't hurt her either.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. R. Kelly

    I love her first name

    July 12, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jack

    It's Pis, it will do just fine and be a top ten if not a #1 hit.

    July 12, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  33. ToTellTheTruth

    I like her..don't care for the song, it doesn't do anything for her voice

    July 12, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |

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