By Antoinette Bueno
Balita Media News Service
It was a rough night for Filipina “American Idol” finalist Thia Megia, who found herself in the bottom three for the first time in the course of the show’s tenth season.
After singing “Heat Wave” by Martha and the Vandelles on last Wednesday night’s Motown themed show, the judges praised her performance, judge Jennifer Lopez even remarking, “Who knew you had that in you!”
All three judges particularly praised her for choosing an uptempo song, as opposed to her usual ballad.
It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Megia on “American Idol”, where she started off strong singing Irene Cara’s “Out Here On My Own.” Though she was immediately considered a front-runner, the judges and viewers have seen her struggle in recent weeks with ballads that don’t always hit the mark. Bloggers especially disliked her performance last week of the Disney classic “Colors of the Wind,” though she was not voted into the bottom three as a result.
Joining Megia in the bottom three were Stefano Langone who failed to impress with his version of “Hello” by Lionel Richie and somewhat surprisingly fan favorite Casey Abrams, who sang “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles.
The vote this week was especially crucial, as it was to determine who would get to go on the “American Idol” tour, which only features the top 10 of each season.
In a shocking turn of events, Casey Abrams turned out to have the lowest amount of votes, but was saved by all three judges. The stunned Abrams, who chose to sing “I Don’t Need No Doctor” by Ray Charles as his last ditch effort to be saved by the judges, was cut off midway as it was announced that the judges already decided to save him as soon as the stunning results were announced.
“We don’t need to know who you are, we already know – this is absolutely wrong,” judge Randy Jackson remarked.
“You deserve to be here,” Lopez echoed.
The stunned Abrams was moved to tears as were his fellow contestants watching from the side of the stage.
It was then announced that all 11 contestants would have the opportunity to go on the “American Idol” tour, although two contestants instead of the usual one will have to be voted off on next week’s show.
Can 16 year-old Filipina Thia Megia hang on next week to crack the top nine? Only time will tell if the young talent has enough support to continue on the hit Fox show, especially given the intense level of competition now that “AI” is beginning to get down to the nitty-gritty.
But there is one thing that last Thursday’s shocker of a show tells us – that absolutely nobody is safe.