Thia Megia says she's excited about her post-"Idol" future
After 55 million votes were cast, Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo were cut from "American Idol" on Thursday (3/31). Although Megia admitted to journalists during a teleconference call that she cried a few tears, she's excited about the future.
"I know in my heart this is not the end of my music career," Megia said. "There's going to be so much more that you're going to see of me and hear of me."
And that won't necessarily be ballads. Megia was criticized by "American Idol" judges for singing too many down-tempo songs. That is something she regrets.
"I guess for the previous weeks that I've done ballads, I do regret not choosing more upbeat songs," Megia said. "The last performance that I did [Elton John's 'Daniel'], I don't regret at all. I dedicated that song to my brother. I poured all the emotion I had inside of me into that song and I don't regret one bit of it. I'm happy that the last song I go to do on that show was dedicated to my big brother.
"Previous weeks, I would have done more upbeat songs because I just don't want to come off as just a ballad singer, which I probably did. I hope America knows I can do so much more."
Crying after the results was a "natural reaction," but she kept herself from sobbing too much.
"I felt a bit devastated last night, but I didn't cry for more than 15 minutes," she said. "I told myself, 'Things happen for a reason. This is not the end of it.' From all the exposure I've gotten on the show, this is not the end of the road. This is my chance to show America that I don't just sing ballads and I can do so much more. I love to sing any kind of song from type any genre. If I can work on more music, especially during the tour, we'll be able to sing songs that we weren't able to on the show. The theme of the weeks, I felt that the songs I wanted to do didn't fit in. I'm excited for the tour."
If she could have, she would have sung songs by Adele or Jason Mraz, she said. Those two performers are among her idols.
"They're so beautiful and complex. I really admire them for that," Megia said. "I also love listening to older music such as Billie Holiday and a bunch of old artists. Right now, I guess Adele and Jason Mraz would have to be my favorite.
"For 'Idol Week,' I couldn't decide between Michael Jackson and Adele. I chose 'Smile' [by Michael Jackson] because it's a beautiful song and it's from my idol, Michael Jackson. I also wanted to sing 'Chasing Pavements' from Adele. I already sang it during my audition, but I didn't actually get to sing a 90-second version of it. I would have loved, loved, loved to have actually been able to sing it on the show."