Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo React to American Idol Elimination

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It was the end of an impressive, talented run for Thia Megia and Naima Adedapo on American Idol last night. The singers were both eliminated, as the show cuts its number of finalists down to nine.

How did they react to the news?

  • Megia, Thia
  • Naima Adedapo on Idol

Backstage, shortly after hearing her name called by Ryan Seacrest, Thia told Entertainment Weekly she was proud of her song choice ("Daniel," dedicated to her brother, which she said made him "cry) and that she has a lot to offer the music world.

I can do “so much more than just slower songs and ballads," Megia said. "In the future, I see me as being my own artist and definitely not a ballad singer!”

Adedapo, meanwhile, says she wasn't surprised to be eliminated because she knew turning "I'm Still Standing" into a reggae song was a huge risk. But...

"rRggae is a part of me,” she said. “It’s a part of who I am and a part of my culture. For me, it would’ve been tragic to do an Elton John song just like Elton John and then get cut, versus showing who I am creatively as an artist and getting cut happy about the choice that I made.”

We wish both these aspiring artists the very best of luck.

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I for one will miss Naima. She was entertaining and added spunk to an otherwise cookie cutter contestants. Steven Tyler looked disappointed she got cut. He too thought she has what it takes.
the rest of the other contestants leave alot to be desired. BORING. I really don't think I will be watching AI, they took away my star. I voted for her for 2 hours. By the way I am not a teeny bopper,I am a grandmother. Niama, reach for the stars,because you sure are one. Hope to see you on Broadaway some day. Your the real deal.

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Casey, you should lose the beard man. What are you trying to cover? You need to just tidy up a bit more, look the part.Great talent!!