Thia Megia

Thia Megia Biography(Courtesy Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Thia Megia (born Thialorei Lising Megia; January 30, 1995) is an American singer from Mountain House, San Joaquin County, California. Megia finished in the top 11 of the tenth season of American Idol.

Early life

Megia was born in Hayward, California, to Cynthia and Loreto Megia. Her parents, originally from Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines, emigrated to the United States in 1968 and changed their name from Mejia to Megia. She attended Eden Gardens Elementary School in Hayward through the sixth grade, but was cyber-schooled online at California Virtual Academy, when the family moved to Mountain House, California.

She has won singing competitions in San Jose and Saratoga and has sung the national anthem at San Jose Giants, Stanford football and San Francisco 49ers games. She also appeared on the TV show Showtime at the Apollo as the Kid Star of Tomorrow in 2008 when she was 13.

Prior to Idol, however, Megia was best known for her appearance on the fourth season of America's Got Talent in 2009. She made it to the quarterfinals, 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. She is the first America's Got Talent contestant to advance to voting rounds on American Idol.

Megia was one of the singers in Lisa Lavie's February 20, 2010, collaboration video "We Are the World 25 for Haiti (YouTube Edition)" for charity relief for victims of the January 12, 2010 Haiti earthquake, along with Jessica Sanchez of American Idol Season 11. The video's participants were collectively recognized as "Persons of the Week" on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on Friday, March 19, 2010.

She had her debut concert at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose, California, on March 27, 2010.

American Idol


Megia auditioned for the tenth season of American Idol in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with the song "Chasing Pavements" by Adele.

On March 31, 2011, Megia and Naima Adedapo were eliminated from American Idol.

As of season 10, Megia is the youngest finalist to ever appear on Idol after they changed the minimum age limit to 15 years.


Episode Theme Song choice Original artist Order # Result
Audition Auditioner's Choice "Chasing Pavements" Adele N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1 First Solo "Summertime" Abbie Mitchell N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2 Group Performance Unaired Unaired N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3 Second Solo "What a Wonderful World" Louis Armstrong N/A Advanced
Las Vegas Round Songs of The Beatles Group Performance "Here Comes the Sun" The Beatles N/A Advanced
Hollywood Round Final Final Solo to determine Top 24 "You Raise Me Up" Secret Garden N/A Advanced
Top 24 (12 Females) Personal Choice "Out Here on My Own" Irene Cara 10 Advanced
Top 13 Your Personal Idol "Smile" Charlie Chaplin 9 Safe
Top 12 Year You Were Born "Colors of the Wind" Vanessa Williams 3 Safe
Top 11 Motown "(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave" Martha and the Vandellas 2 Bottom 3
Top 11 Elton John "Daniel" Elton John 8 Eliminated
  • ^ Megia was saved first from elimination.
  • ^ Due to the judges using their one save to save Casey Abrams, the Top 11 remained intact for another week.

Post Idol

Megia and the rest of the top 11 took part in the 2011 American Idols LIVE! Tour, which began in West Valley City, Utah, on July 6, 2011, and ended in Manila, Philippines on September 20, 2011. Both the eliminated contestants, Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia, appeared and performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Live with Regis and Kelly. Megia recently had a welcome home celebration at the West Valley Mall in Tracy, California, and Central Park in Mountain House, California. On November 12, 2011, Megia was invited to perform the U.S. National Anthem for the opening ceremony of the World Boxing Organization Welterweight Championship match between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. Her rendition of the song "One Day" was marked as a Bonus Track for the "Quest for Zhu: Music from the Motion Picture" album which was released on November 21, 2011. She appeared on Philippine shows named Eat Bulaga and Manny Many Prizes with Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone and Scotty McCreery.

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