After the double elimination ousting Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo, one thing is sure, the female finalists are definitely in danger. Why? Because of the so-called “teenybopper” votes.
TV Squad: And though the girls were incredibly gracious about their eliminations, noting the top-notch competition they faced from their season 10 peers, Naima and Thia both acknowledged the power of the “teenybopper” vote, in deciding their fates.
“We sort of figured that since there are more females watching the show, the votes would be more for the guys,” said Thia. “It’s not only that, because the guys are also incredible, but we were a bit worried about that. We were a bit intimidated by all the girls watching the show and just knowing that their votes would be going to the guys.” Thia, by the way, happens to be a 16-year-old, herself.Asked about her appeal to ‘Idol’s’ power voters, Naima echoed Thia, to some extent.
“More than 50 percent of the audience is little teenage girls, and once they get a crush, we’re done! They dominate and that’s all right,” said the young Milwaukee mother.
Naima also remarked on her appeal to an older crowd, who might not have been as technologically hip to ‘Idol’s’ text/Facebook voting options. That, coupled with Naima’s left-of-center approach to her performances, may have hindered her ‘Idol’ run.
“I think sometimes people didn’t know where to place me or I felt like maybe they didn’t understand me sometimes. But honestly, the reactions I got from people have still been positive. They were like ‘Hmm, I don’t know about you but I kinda like you.’ I definitely struck people in a different kind of way and I think that because it was kind of hard to place me in a certain category, that did have an effect on how people voted and how they perceived me.”
As for Thia, the cry for less ballads and more upbeat songs did not go unheard by the young yet very experienced performer.
“I do regret not choosing more upbeat songs but the last performance that I did (Elton John’s “Daniel”), I don’t regret at all because I dedicated that song to my brother and I poured all the emotion that I had inside of me into that song and I don’t regret a bit of it. But for the previous weeks, I would have chosen more upbeat songs,” said Thia.
Naima also stood firm on her choice to go with reggae-infused performances. “I just wanted to really show every piece of me. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. I’ve been trying to take opportunities every time to show a new thing, show something different about me and I hadn’t really gone roots reggae (before “Elton John night”) and that’s a big part of me. I love and connect to it,” said Naima.
Both also touched on their respective relationships with Lauren Alaina, who was visibly shaken by the departure of the two, last night. While Thia bonded with Lauren during their four-hour school sessions, Naima took more of a maternal role with the young Georgian.
Said Naima, “I think it was very hard for her (Lauren) because not only was it me, going – I’ve been a mother figure a little bit, I’ve told her to have confidence and believe in herself and that she’s beautiful – but I think even more so it was Thia, that was her ace.”
The next week’s theme is Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Night. Lets see how will Pia, Lauren and Haley handle such. Can we finally expect an Elvis performance from Scotty? How about Jacob, will he cry while singing a rock n’ roll song? I am also excited to see Casey’s sexy beast performance!
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