Thia Megia was eliminated Wednesday not by America but by 2 of the judges who clearly have been her staunches admirer. But why?
America Got Talent elimination round for the semi finals pitted 2 amazing teens, one of which is a heavy favorite for the contention of the Grand Prize as numerous media sources from Yahoo all the way to Zap.
Nowhere have these sources put in Arcadian as one of the top favorites, who clinched the last spot of the America Got Talent elimination round Wednesday. Let's review both acts.
Thia Megia, the 14 year old "big voiced" teen who sung "I'm Changing" in her audition sung Miley Cyrus's hit "The Climb", Tuesday night. Albeit the performance is masterfully done and the corresponding vocals is superb, I tend to agree to most comments in Twitter and YouTube, that the song did not fit with her vocals. It's simply too simple for her "big voice" lacking the rifts and runs that are typical of these diva voices, hence emotionally lacking yet powerful enough to convey the message of song more so than the LIVE performances of the original artist.
I was concerned at the way all 3 judges showered her with accolades including the admiration of Nick Cannon for her rendition that I immediately blogged what the judges failed to see here. My premonition was correct, 24 hours later 2 of the judges gave Thia the boot in favor of Arcadian.
Arcadian, 13 year old solo dancer who was introduced as an underdog and bullied all his life who twirls and does aerial splits to the tune of the 80's did it again with "Footloose" in the 1st Quarter finals with one distinct difference, he played the piano amazingly before going to his same routine of dancing John Travolta style. He got a reprimand from the 2 of the judges Pierce and Sharon for going too late into his dance routine, the reason he got a ticket to Las Vegas and not for his piano talent.
Although I agree with the judges that Arcadian should have stuck with his amazing dancing skills, I also commend Arcadian in displaying his other talents. What would the boy do? Twirl and do Aerials all the way to the finals? It's seems boring if he did not included his piano skills. That just show that he isn't one dimensional.
But if its diversity that they wanted, surely Thia Megia if she had known this would have also displayed her dancing and acting skills in addition to singing which she has done before. It's more likely that she was eliminated for a lack of story potential which I'm afraid is what AGT and BGT are all about these days.
Now let's look at the scenarios I've been thinking of Why the judges eliminated Thia from the competition.
1. Thia Megia's Talent is too big for America Got Talent. During the elimination round you can clearly hear how Sharon and David keep on emphasizing that Thia will hit big time even without America Got Talent. I have to agree, somebody from the AGT management might already have something in the works for her.
2. America Got Talent wanted to create a buzz around her. As of today 2 days after the uploading of her "The Climb" performance. The video have garnered 350k views in You Tube outpacing the closest competitor in AGT's performance of Kevin Skinner 2x. This might be a catalyst in reintroducing her back as a wildcard per audience request in the Finals round.
3. AGT wanted to bring back Kelli Glover, a former American Idol Season 3 participant to face off with the returning AGT hopeful Mia Bolstrom, which Thia Megia would have easily and seriously hurt the chances if she had remained in contention.
What do you think?