Thia Megia on American Idol: Simple, Subdued, Strong

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All the American Idol chatter this morning may be over Pia Toscano and her rendition of "I'll Stand By You," but another semifinalist also assured herself of a spot in the finals with a beautiful ballad cover.

Thia Megia, only 15 years old (and confused over how to prove that, as Ryan Seacrest tried to joke about), delivered a simple version of "Out Here On My Own," a song featured in "Fame."

Without trying to do too much, the singer took a single with which few are familiar (always a smart move) and simply stood on stage and let her voice do all the work. It was an especially confident, mature performance from someone so young. Enjoy it here:

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American Idol Quotes

Brooke White's tears come from the authentic, good soul that she is. Her heart was breaking because she was overwhelmed with the experience she had with the show and the gift that it brought.

Paula Abdul [after Brooke White was eliminated on season seven]

I read some of this online this morning and just for the record, the rumors — they’re not true. She’s part of our family and we love her.

Ryan Seacrest [on rumor of Paula Abdul being drunk on the show]