Interscope Records Signs American Idol Pia Toscano

I guess you don’t have to be the American Idol winner to make it. Ninth place Idol finalist, Pia Toscano, got signed to Interscope Records. Pia  Toscano’s debut single, “This Time” is set to be released on July 12, 2011. The single is produced by Ester Dean and Toscano is set to perform the song as apart of the summer American Idol Love Tour beginning July 6 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

[PHOTOS] Pia Toscano Performs For The National Memorial Day Concert In Washington, DC

According to Jim Cantiello of Mtv says

“I don’t know if Pia will be the ‘next big thing, Her vocal prowess is beyond spectacular, but on ‘Idol,’ she suffered from a lack of personality. What will really be a hard hurdle to jump, though, is that she made a name for herself belting massive ballads, à la Whitney, Celine and old-school Mariah. It’s a style of singing that hasn’t launched a star on the radio in decades. I’m not convinced Pia is the one to bring that genre back.”

Toscano has been spotted happily bouncing around with her Dancing With The Stars boyfriend Mark Ballas. Her album is scheduled to be released at the end of this year. Watch this video (after the jump) of Pia Toscano performing on American Idol.