For her Idol performance, Thia Megia did a cover of a lesser known Michael Jackson song. Smile, a song composed by comedy great Charlie Chaplin, was recorded by Michael Jackson in 1995. Thia started the song a capella where her brilliant voice simply stood out. But the second part of her rendition suddenly became jazzy which damaged her over-all performance. To compound Thia's woes, she cried during her after-performance interview. Sensing that she could be up for elimination come results night, I asked Howard Cohen about Thia's performance. Howard Cohen is a pop music critic and American Idol Watch blogger and columnist. He writes a regular column for the Miami Herald.
1. Did you find Thia Megia's rendition of the song Smile great ?
Cohen : No, Thia's singing wasn't great. She was fine on the ballad part. But wavered on uptempo and shouldn't have cried.
2. Do you think Thia will be eliminated come Thursday night ?
Cohen : No, I think she will be safe since Ashton and Karen are weaker. Thia must learn to not let the audience know that there are mistakes. She's young but she must learn.
3. What must she do to win in American Idol ?
Cohen : The trick is to never let the audience know of mistakes. When she cried, she let us know. And the fact is, she was not that bad at all.
4. What about the impression that she is boring ? Should she be singing Katy Perry songs instead ?
Cohen : No, she should be herself. Those that are top are all true to themselves. Thia is a pleasant ballad singer. That's her niche.
Readers can find Howard Cohen's American Idol Watch at http://miamiherald.typepad.com/idol_watch/.