By BOB SAN
Thia Megia’s American Idol journey ended this week when she and fellow female finalist Naima Adedapo were eliminated during last Thursday night’s results show.
Thia and Naima became the third and fourth finalists sent home after they received the fewest home viewer votes following Wednesday night’s performance show — continuing a streak in which four of the season’s seven female finalists have been eliminated while all six male finalists still remain.
The result was not a huge surprise given that this year’s Final 11 are by far the best group of finalists in the history of AI. In last week’s show, which was Elton John Week, all 11 singers did a nice job – some did better than the others. I thought Thia would be able to survive another week because she gave her best performance thus far singing Elton John’s “Daniel.”
Dedicating the song to her best friend and oldest brother, Thia sang the song beautifully, full of emotion and in her signature piercing voice and tone. I had never heard a better version of the song. I prefer her version even to the Elton John original.
I guess you could say Thia hit a double but that’s not good enough in a week when a lot of the other contestants hit triples and home runs. Another disappointing aspect was that judge Randy Jackson kept picking on Thia, noting that she only sang ballads and that her song choices were too safe.
However, fellow contestants Scott McCreery sings country songs every week and James Durbin sings rock songs every week. Jackson would not complain that they should sing something else. In a close competition like this year’s, weekly negative comments such as these by Jackson certainly did not help Thia’s case.
Another strike against Thia and other female contestants is that most of the show’s audience are young girls and their moms and aunts. They tend to vote for the attractive young men and the female contestants have to fight that in addition to focusing on their music and just giving their best performance.
Remember last year? Crystal Bowersox was by far the best singer through the entire American Idol season. Yet, she lost out to a Lee Dewyze in the final. And so far in this season’s final rounds all four singers sent home are girls.
While I am sad that I won’t be able to hear Thia’s lovely voice and see her sweet face on AI any more, I am glad that she made the top 11 and will be on tour this summer. We don’t know the cities they will tour yet but I hope they will make a stop in Twintown. I know I will be going.