Thia handled the elimination with poise, dignity and grace. What a true champion!
There were many things going through our minds as Ryan Seacrest announced Naima Adedapo and Thia Megia's names garnering the 'lowest' number of votes and were therefore the two finalists leaving the competition last night on American Idol.
We'll start our rant with WTF?!!! Is "Teenage Dream" really an appropriate song to sing for a trio with one 16 year-old kid?!! With lyrics like "Let's go all the way tonight, no regrets..."
American Idol producers: SHAME ON YOU!!! You catered and tailored the song for Haley Reinhart and Pia Toscano. Why did you put Thia on that segment? Thia could have easily blended well with Naima and Jacob's "Solid" or with any other group. To add insult to injury, you did NOT give Thia a solo she deserved!! For the record, Haley Reinhart forgot the word "funny" on that song! What the heck were you guys on?! Your bias and prejudice is disgusting! It's not funny!!
We went through Kübler-Ross' 5 stages of grief overnight!! Watching the musical event of "Grey's Anatomy" and Sara Ramirez' should-get-an-emmy-and-golden-globe-intense, fight-to-life performances only added to our roller-coaster emotions.
We pretended the results were different. Last night never happened. She will perform on "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame theme" next week and she is among the Top 9 finalists!! We logged off the internet.
We are beyond furious! Why is Thia even in the bottom in the first place? There is no way Haley Reinhart and Stefano Langone have more fans than Thia! Where was the "Asian votes?!" The 'community' failed Thia like the Latino/Hispanic community failed Karen Rodriguez! Stefano has Italian roots, his last name even gives that away! Yet he doesn't go around asking all the Italians to vote for him, he doesn't say he represents the Italians- and his fans are smart enough not to point that out.
As we have argued before- this claiming of "she's one-of our-own" REALLY CLEARLY hurt Thia's chances. Claiming her as the Asian singer who made it on Idol, WHY WOULD AMERICA VOTE for someone who is NOT THEIRS?! We couldn't even get the people of Hawaii to back on Thia Megia the way they did on Jasmine Trias, who finished third. Sure, Jasmine is from Hawaii but she's also Filipino-American. We know the support of the Mountain House community is overflowing for Thia but the entire state of California is way too populated and diverse to care about one contestant on American Idol. Yet again, Hawaii has a population of 275k Filipinos and Fil-Ams while California has about one million Fil and Fil-Ams!
There was NO FACEBOOK, NO TWITTER during Jasmine's time yet she stayed for weeks and weeks. What happened?! The social network fans failed more than helped in this case... For the record again: this website has NO Twitter or Facebook pages.
If Thia sang "Bennie and the Jets" as we have suggested and NOT HALEY, would Randy Jackson call it the BEST performance of the night?! Would Thia be still in the competition?!
"If we removed all the fake Facebook Thia Megia pages, shut down all the pesky Thia fan Twitter-i'm-such-a-big-fan-but-i-can't-vote-for-you-she's-one-of-our-own-accounts, will American Idol take her back?! "If we promise to no longer bash Stefano Langone, will Idol take Thia back and boot Stefano instead?!!" "If we make thousands of campaign posters to vote for Thia, hand it out in the middle of Harvard Square in Cambridge or Times Square in New York, would that make a difference?" "If we did this and that, would it change the results?!!" "If we...."
We felt numb, the anger and sadness remain underneath. We're sad, devastated, crushed.
Can't say the anger, sadness and "mourning" have tapered off. We simply accept the reality that Thia is out of the competition. It will hurt watching the show week after week without Thia BUT LIFE GOES ON... We will be happier for sure when the face of Stefano is no longer on our TV screens...!! [ Why do we dislike Stefano? Start reading here. ]
Every year we watch this show, every year we pick a favorite to support. Our favorites do not win but we continue to be fans long after the show is over. We support them. We watch their concerts, buy their records. American Idol is a stepping stone. It isn't the end. By golly Thia is ONLY 16 years old. She has a long career ahead of her. She will not be forgotten.
We'll cover the Summer tour, we'll update you with everything on Thia! We'll even cover the buzz when she goes home to her homeland where she'll most likely receive a "hero's welcome" and more. We can almost see it: appear on variety and talk shows, release a record, give a handful of product endorsements, become a household name, even make movies! That is all too sweet and right. She deserves it all and the magnanimous support she got needs reciprocation.
Hopefully her focus will be international stardom nonetheless! She's not going to get there ahead of everybody else if she hangs on too long reconnecting with her roots... Whatever direction she's going, find us there! We're not going to disappear.
We just got started. Game on.