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April 1, 2011 > Hayward's Thia Megia on American Idol

Hayward's Thia Megia on American Idol

By Emma Victoria G. Blanco

Are you an American Idol fan? Then you have been watching its tenth season since it premiered in January. You've probably also noticed a lot of changes with the show. The show has a new format. There are new judges; last season's Simon Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres and Kara DioGuardi have been replaced by rock and roll legend Steven Tyler and actor/singer/producer Jennifer Lopez. Also new this year is the show's audition process, which has allowed contestants as young as 15 years old to try-out.

At her present age of 16 years, current American Idol finalist, Thia Megia is consistently appears composed and professional. Her vocal range and prowess belies the fact that she is one of the youngest contestants in the show's history.

On January 30, 1995, Thia (Thialorei Lising Megia) was born in Hayward to Filipino-emigrants, Cynthia and Loreto Megia. She attended Eden Gardens Elementary through the six grade. Thereafter, she and her family relocated to Mountain House (located between Livermore and Tracy), where she is being homeschooled.

Thia has been singing ever since she was a toddler and she hasn't stopped. "When I was six years old, I was invited to my very first concert as an opening act for Rey Valera, a famous singer/songwriter in the Philippines. This was in San Jose, CA," she stated. She participated in and won several singing competitions, performed the national anthem at local sports venues, and made an appearance on a TV show (Showtime at the Apollo) when she was 13.

If her face seems vaguely familiar, it's probably because she was a quarterfinalist on America's Got Talent in 2009. Later that year, she performed at the David Foster and Friends concert in San Jose, where she met and became friends with another young Filipino singing sensation, Charice.

Now, Thia is one of the 11 finalists - giving her a guaranteed spot on the show's summer concert tour.

Week after week, so many of us tune in to American Idol. We are captivated by the drama; the shocking heartbreak when a favorite contestant is voted off and the elation of a fulfilled dream when the winner is finally chosen. Thia's favorite quote is, "We are all as much as we can dream." Perhaps we should all dream as much as we can.

American Idol airs Wednesdays and Thursdays, 8 p.m. on the Fox channel.

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