Thia Megia ends her American Idol
Thia Megia's hope of becoming the next American Idol has ended.
Thia, a Filipino-American, was eliminated at today's episode of the highest-rated show in the U.S.,
along with Naima Adedapo. The two w
Thia and Naima were joined in the Bottom 3 by Paul McDonald.
Two contestants were eliminated this week after the judgesâ€”Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez,
and Randy Jacksonâ€”used their only save of the season to Casey Abrams. Thia was also in
the Bottom 3 last week along with Stefano Langone.
Thia sang "Daniel" at last night's episode, where the Top 11 all performed Elton John songs.
Thia is the youngest contestant in the history of American Idol. She entered the competetion
when she was just 15 years old. She celebrated her 16th birthday last January 30.
Thia was born in Hayward, California to Filipino parents Loreto and Cynthia Megia. Her
parents are orginally from Angeles, Pampanga but emigrated to the United States in 1968.
Thia is not the first Filipino-American who became a finalist in American Idol. Jasmine Trias
came in third place in Season 3, where Camille Velasco also competed; Fantasia Barrino
was named American Idol. Ramiele Malubay was among the Top 12 finalists in Season 7,
where David Cook won the title.
With Thia and Naima's elimination, only nine contestants remain in the competitionâ€”three
females and nine males: Lauren Alaina, Haley Reinhart, Pia Toscano, Scotty McCreery,
Paul McDonald, Casey Abrams, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, and James Durbin.
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