PRESS STATEMENT FROM GMA NEWS TV CHANNEL 11:
"Last week, Fil-Am Thia Megia had enough votes to continue her journey in American Idol--which airs locally on GMA News TV Channel 11--despite the less-than-glowing reviews from the judges after her rendition of Michael Jackson’s "Smile."
"The reception to the 16-year-old’s performance was only disappointing in light of the high praise she received for her standout version of Irene Cara’s "Out Here on My Own" just the week before.
"But her voice and pitch-perfect tone were still clearly better than the other finalists and last week, American Idol viewers agreed, giving the boot to Ashton Jones who sang Diana Ross’ "When You Tell Me That You Love Me." Jones, the 24-year-old diva from Valdosta, Georgia, received the lowest number of votes last week.
"This week, it’s time for the Top 12--Megia, Pia Toscano, Casey Abrams, Naima Adedapo, Lauren Alaina, James Durbin, Stefano Langone, Jacob Lusk, Scotty McCreery, Paul McDonald, Haley Reinhart and Karen Rodriguez--to take on the songs from the year they were born.
"And then on results night, Grammy winning pop superstars The Black Eyed Peas and Season 9 winner Lee DeWyze will perform.
"Who will deliver the knock-out performances this Thursday? And who will get knocked out of the competition on Friday? Can Megia bounce back and be among the frontrunners once again?
"Catch the performance night this Thursday, March 17, 6 pm (with same day replay at 10 pm), and then find out who gets eliminated on the results show this Friday, 6 pm (with same day replay at 10 pm). The best is yet to come as the American Idol finalists soar to greater heights. Catch American Idol on GMA News TV Channel 11."
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