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Music is my absolute life. It has helped me through so many difficult times. When I felt like I had no one to turn to, music was there. It is my release, my form of expression - it is my being.

— Pia Toscano

American Idol Alum Pia Toscano Competes in Doritos Super Bowl Commercial Contest: Watch the Ad - Billboard

Pia Toscano is competing for votes once more. The American Idol season 10 alum is featured as a hot zombie in a new Doritos advertisement entered in the chip maker's "Crash the Super Bowl" competition.

The clip -- titled "Zombie Crunch" -- features Toscano, along with actresses Sara Fontenot and Jessica C. LaBreche, attacking a house in a zombie apocalypse. The original zombies (played by Stacy Hidalgo, Drew Whitaker and director Dave Bailey) slowly close in on heroes Paul Dupree and Jax Fogg, who muses that Doritos is his last meal. As each man takes a bite of the chips, the hideous zombies transform into beautiful women.

"I love the zombie apocalypse," quips actor Phil Hartman, before Toscano turns him into a handsome man (Gian Shaw) when she takes a bite of her chip.

Read more at:  http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/6784728/american-idol-pia-toscano-doritos-super-bowl-commercial-contest

Pia Toscano Sings The National Anthem - Longines Masters Grand Prix - 10/4/15

Pia Toscano sang the National Anthem for the Longines Masters Grand Prix at the Los Angeles Convention Center on October 4, 2015.

Pia Toscano Attends Legacy Lounge Iconic Suite 2015 - 8/28/15

Pia Toscano attended Legacy Lounge Iconic Suite 2015 hosted by Steve Nguyen & Associates at The London Hotel in West Hollywood on August 28, 2015.

Watch 'American Idol' Alum Pia Toscano Cover Rihanna, Sam Smith - Billboard 8/25/15

American Idol alum Pia Toscano is busy putting the finishing touches on her forthcoming album of original material, but the singer found a minute to record covers of songs for fans to enjoy in the meantime.

The singer released two interpretations on YouTube early on Tuesday, Aug. 24 -- one of Rihanna’s “Diamonds” and the other of Sam Smith’s “Lay Me Down.” 

“'Lay Me Down,” she said, “ is a very personal song for me.” 

The clip is simply directed in black and white, with Toscano seated at a table surrounded by lit candles. She begins the song softly in a sweet falsetto before reaching inward for a powerful note toward the end.

“It brings me back to my relationship with my late grandfather and how I long to have him back in my life,” she said in a release. “Performing songs like this are like therapy to me and I needed that outlet.”

Both videos are directed by Jose Omar Hernandez. "Diamonds" features the singer simply seated by guitars and an amp as she sings the song in a lower register against a simple, piano-based arrangement.  

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