Thia Megia survives American Idol’s first elimination


Posted at Mar 12 2011 06:55 PM | Updated as of Apr 02 2011 12:36 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino-American young singer Thia Megia was safe during the first elimination round on the hit American talent show “American Idol Season 10.”

On Wednesday (Thursday in Manila), Megia performed her own rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Smile.”

Megia started the song with an acoustic arrangement and in the middle of it, the 16-year old singer transitioned to a jazzy arrangement.

After her performance, Randy Jackson pointed out that he liked Megia’s performance in general. He, however, stressed that Megia got a little pitchy during the transition of the song from acoustic to jazz.

“Thia, I loved the intro when you were just singing the intro by the guitar. It was just so beautiful... It got a little pitchy when you started with the band with the jazzy arrangement. I think, all in all, that was good. It turned out to be good. I loved the beginning more than the end for me... In the beginning with just you and the microphone, it’s golden to me,” he said.

This was affirmed by another resident judge Steven Tyler. He thanked Megia for giving her all in performing the Michael Jackson song.

As for judge Jennifer Lopez, she told Megia that her voice is awe-inspiring. Lopez noted that she wants to see more of Megia moving around the stage while performing.

The popular American singer even compared Megia’s voice to that of an angel.

“The beginning of it too reminded me of what you did last week a little bit. Last time we saw you sing, when you sang “On My Own.” Obviously that’s where your strength is. When we get to hear that beautiful voice, it’s like transcendent. I thought the arrangement was interesting as well but I like seeing you move. I don’t think we’ve seen you move. I actually like to see more of that and more of what you can do in that area. It doesn’t matter – you sing like an angel,” said Lopez.

Although the judges gave Megia some constructive criticisms, American voters saved the Filipino-American singer on Thursday (Friday in Manila).

Meanwhile, in her official Twitter account, Megia thanked everyone who fought for her to stay another week. She also said that the judges’ comments helped her broadened insights more.

Ashthon Jones was the first to be eliminated among this season's top 13.


Photo grabbed from the official website of American Idol