Thia Megia (born Thialorei Lising Megia on January 1, 1995 in Hayward, California, US) is a Filipino-American singer and finalist in season 10 of American Idol 2011. She auditioned in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Megia is the youngest finalist to ever appear on Idol because they changed the minimum age limit to 15.
Megia was born in Hayward, California and her family moved to Mountain House, California. Megia is the youngest of three children and is a home-schooled sophomore. Megia's parents, Cynthia and Loreto, both hail from Pampanga, Philippines and they immigrated to the United States in 1968 and changed their name from Mejia to Megia. Megia has performed with Regine Velasquez in a concert.
Megia sang on the fourth season of America's Got Talent (2009), but was cut in the Top 40 round. That same year, she was invited to sing at the David Foster and Friends concert in California. Thia sang "Who's Loving You" by The Jackson 5/Michael Jackson.
Dubbed as "the next Charice” more than a year ago, Thia Megia wowed the American Idol Season 10 judges—Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler—with her performance of “Chasing Pavements” by Adele. She was one of the five female vote getters in the semi-final round to advance to the Top 13. She was eliminated, along with fellow contestant Naima Adedapo, on March 31st, 2011. She finished in a tie for 10th place.
** Top 24: Personal Choice - Out Here On My Own (Irene Cara)
** Top 13: Personal Idol - Smile (Michael Jackson)
** Top 12: Year You Were Born - Colors of the Wind (Vanessa Williams)
** Top 11: Motown - (Love Is Like a) Heat Wave (Martha and the Vandellas)
** Top 11 Redux: Elton John - Daniel (Elton John)
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