Pia Toscano recently admitted, via People.com, that her early elimination from Season 10 of American Idol gave her a head start in preparing her upcoming album.

I kind of got a head start, and I didn't realize that, Toscano told People. She added that being eliminated early gave her time to craft her alum the way she wants.

During my elimination there were so many things that were running through my mind, she said. I kept saying, 'What's going to happen with my career?' I'm looking at my parents, like 'Did I let them down?' [But] we started working right away. I've been in the studio and it's been good.

Toscano is working with Interscope Records producer Rodney Jenkins. She described her album as a mix of pop and R&B.

It's definitely going to be big ballads, but there's also going to be those fun up-tempo songs, those dancing songs, she said. I feel like on the show people really only saw me in one way, and I want to show the world that I can do other things.

Toscano said that the album does not have a release date yet as they do not want to rush anything.

We want to make sure that we find the perfect sound, the perfect songs. So I'm not sure when exactly, but hopefully soon, she said.

Toscano will be performing the National Anthem during the live broadcast of PBS's National Memorial Day concert in Washington D.C. on Sunday.