Kirstin Says: Is 'American Idol' Star Thia Megia The New Charice?

Fri, February 18, 2011 1:01am EDT by 138 Comments

Charice will always be “the most talented girl in the world,” but is American Idol‘s Thia Megia right on her heels? I think so…

It’s not just that American Idol stand out Thia Megia LOOKS eerily similar to super star (and fellow Filipina) Charice…she SOUNDS like her too. After watching Hollywood Week’s solo auditions Feb. 17, I was struck by the many similarities between the two young artists. I hope Thia has half of Charice’s success!

Since singing Adele‘s “Chasing Pavements” at the Milwaukee auditions, Thia — a 15-year-old Redwood City, California native — has been a stand out in the competition. She has the same quiet confidence I’ve loved all these years in Charice.

Jennifer Lopez raved after Thia’s first audition, telling her, “I love you. I think you’re the total package. You’re very comfortable up there.”

I wasn’t sure Thia had made it past the group auditions, but was tickled to death when she showed up during the solos to sing a chill-inducing version of “What a Wonderful World.” The judges loved it and the other contestants went wild.

Much like Charice made her way through the reality TV circuit before truly hitting it big, this isn’t Thia’s first time at the rodeo. In 2009, when she was 14-years-old, Thia competed on America’s Got Talent, but got eliminated early on in the competition. Although I don’t know she’ll ever shine brighter than Charice, perhaps American Idol is finally Thia’s chance to break out. What do YOU think?

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UPDATE: Thanks, Chasters for your help! Turns out Charice and Thia are actually friends who met through David Foster. How cool! Maybe Charice will come out and support Thia during live performances if she makes it to the top.

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