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Thia Megia

Thia Megia (born Thialorei Lising Megia; January 30, 1995) is an American singer from Mountain House, California. Megia finished in the top 11 of the tenth season of American Idol. Megia was born in Hayward, California, to Cynthya and Loreto Megia. Her parents, originally from Angeles, Pampanga, the Philippines, emigrated to the United States in 1968 and changed their name from Mejia to Megia. She attended Eden Gardens Elementary School in Hayward through the sixth grade, but was cyber-schooled online at California Virtual Academy, when the family moved to Mountain House, California. She has performed publicly from a young age. She has won singing competitions in San Jose and Saratoga and has sung the national anthem at San Jose Giants, Stanford football and San Francisco 49ers games. She also appeared on the TV show Showtime at the Apollo as the Kid Star of Tomorrow in 2008 when she was 13.

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