Thia Megia Using Past TV Experience As Tool On ‘American Idol’

Top 13 finalist previously made it to finals on 'America's Got Talent,' where teen tells MTV News she learned to 'never give up.'

There’s a bonus to being the baby in the bunch and 16-year-old Thia Megia knows it. Along with Lauren Alaina , Megia is one of the youngest contestants in “American Idol” history and her slow, steady rise into contention has earned consistent praise from the judges and a healthy online fanbase.

She’s also crafty, using her experience as a 14-year-old finalist on the 2009 edition of “America’s Got Talent” to help her advance on “Idol.”

“I love being different. I’m an Aquarius, I love being creative, I love to write — poetry is my favorite hobby other than singing,” said Megia, noting that her other favorite hobbies include “messing around” on the piano and the guitar. “I daydream much more often than I should, I’m full of dreams. … This is a whole vision that evolved into a reality.”

Megia punched her ticket into the top 13 last Wednesday with a thrilling cover of the “Fame” song “Out Here on My Own,” which the judges said showed off her near-perfect pitch. Though her time on “Talent” was cut short, she learned how to work hard from that run and learned a lot about perseverance.

“I didn’t stop,” she said. “That would be my advice to everyone else: Never give up, no matter how hard it is. It’s always going to be a steep climb, but the view is going to be amazing.”

Megia will get another chance to show her fortitude on Wednesday, when the top 13 take the stage for the first round of live performances and results shows and get a taste of the pressure that comes with singing on live TV every week.

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