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Thia Megia

Thia Megia
Background information
Birth name Thialorei Lising Megia[1]
Born (1995-01-30) January 30, 1995
Hayward, California[2]
Origin Mountain House, California,
United States[1]
Genres Pop
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active 2007–present

Thia Megia (born Thialorei Lising Megia; January 30, 1995)[1] is an American singer from Mountain House, San Joaquin County, California.[1] 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.[3] Her parents, originally from Angeles, Pampanga, Philippines, emigrated to the United States in 1968 and changed their name from Mejia to Megia.[3] She attended Eden Gardens Elementary School in Hayward through the sixth grade, but was cyber-schooled online at California Virtual Academy,[4] when the family moved to Mountain House, California.[2]

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.[2][5] She also appeared on the TV show Showtime at the Apollo as the Kid Star of Tomorrow in 2008 when she was 13.[6]

Prior to Idol, however, Megia was best known for her appearance on the fourth season of America's Got Talent in 2009.[7] She made it to the quarterfinals, but was cut in the Top 40 round.[2] That same year, she was invited to sing at the David Foster and Friends concert in California.[8] 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.[9] The video's participants were collectively recognized as "Persons of the Week" on ABC World News with Diane Sawyer on Friday, March 19, 2010.[10]

She had her debut concert at Le Petit Trianon Theatre in San Jose, California, on March 27, 2010.[11]

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.[12]


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"
with Melinda Ademi
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
  • ^Note 1 Megia was saved first from elimination.
  • ^Note 2 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 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.[17] She appeared on Philippine shows named Eat Bulaga and Manny Many Prizes with Pia Toscano, Stefano Langone and Scotty McCreery.[18]

On April 19, 2012, Megia began an Asian concert tour in which she headlined concerts in Manila, Taipei, Bali, Jakarta, and Kuala Lumpur.[19] In May and June 2012, Megia performed in The Finalists Live! at the Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri with Lee Dewyze, Elliott Yamin, Kimberly Caldwell, and Blake Lewis.[20]



Year Title Album
2011 "One Day" Quest for Zhu: Music from the Motion Picture
2012 "We'll Be There" Disney Fairies: Faith, Trust And Pixie Dust


  1. ^ a b c d Nepales, Janet Susan R. Thia Megia makes it to AI’s top 13
  2. ^ a b c d American Idol': Top 13 finalist Thia Megia is living the dream"'". Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  3. ^ a b "Thia Megia thankful to Filipino fans". Manila Bulletin. March 14, 2011. Retrieved March 18, 2011. 
  4. ^ "California Virtual Academy Student Shoots for the Stars on American Idol". PRNEwswire. March 18, 2011. Retrieved March 19, 2011. 
  5. ^ American Idol' contestant carries on musical legacy"'". Mercury News. March O4, 2011. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Teen Star of The Week- Thia Megia". Teen Star Magazine. August O5, 2008. Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Thia Megia's Performance". Retrieved March 12, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Charice ecstatic over Fil-Am Thia Megia’s ‘Idol’ stint". 2011-03-02. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  9. ^ "We Are The World 25 For Haiti (YouTube Edition)" video posted to Lisa Lavie's YouTube channel "LisaLavie1" on February 20, 2010 (WebCite archive) (click video description to expand and see participant listing).
  10. ^ Sawyer, Diane, "Persons of the Week" feature, ABC World News with Diane Sawyer (March 19, 2010). National television news feature can be seen in the "Lisa Lavie's Interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC World News" video posted to YouTube channel LLjustlikeamovie on March 19, 2010 (WebCite archive (2010-07-22)).
  11. ^ "Thia Megia, LIVE!". Retrieved March 13, 2011. 
  12. ^ Fil-Am Thia Megia among frontrunners in ‘American Idol’
  13. ^ American Idol" Judges Save Contestant; Fantasia to Perform on Next Results Show""". 2011-03-25. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  14. ^ "American Idol Finalists on The Tonight Show". Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
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  16. ^ "Welcome Home Event for Thia Megia, retrieved 13-Nov-2011". 2006-10-05. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  17. ^ "Zhu Zhu Pets: Quest For Zhu Soundtrack CD Album". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2012-01-20. 
  18. ^ "Scotty McCreery and Thia Megia on Eat Bulaga!". 2011-09-19. Retrieved 2012-04-20. 
  19. ^ "Thia Megia to embark on Asian concert tour". 2012-04-18. 
  20. ^ "American Idols In The Finalists Live". Bransom Tourism Center. 2012-05-20. 

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