HitFix: Starting your Top 24 a cappella was one of the week's major risks, but it seems to have really paid off. Did it feel like a risk to you?
Thia Megia: Well, after hours and hours of rehearsing and trying to get that song pitched perfect and getting it down perfectly, it was worth all of the hours spent trying to get it down as good as you possibly can. Basically every round is singing for your life and I did sing for my life. I gave it my all. I poured my heart out into that song and I tried to connect with America as much as I could, because this was the first voting round. That kinda intimidated me, but I didn't let my nerves get to me. I stood there on that stage and I felt the lyrics, because the lyrics really connected to how I feel in this competition, being one of the youngest girls here, no matter how hard it was getting here. I wouldn't say it was hard work to get here. I guess I would say it was hard fun. It was fun, but you had some moments where it was pretty stressful. We all want to be here. Being in the Top 13 is just absolutely amazing.
HitFix: What are the advantages and maybe the risks of being, as you say, one of the youngest in the competition?
TM: I would say the risk would have to be choosing songs that actually suit you as a young singer. I generally love singing older types of music, but I guess it wouldn't be the best choice for me, being young and singing all of these older songs. But I guess the advantage is being treated like like a little sister. It's fun. It's awesome.
HitFix: Is there anybody in the current popular landscape you see yourself as being like or wanting to be like?
TM: I've got tons of musical inspirations. Right now, Michael Jackson is my musical inspiration and so is Adele, but basically just being myself and my own artist and I'm working all I can to get where I want to be and right now, I feel so relieved just to be here. I feel on top of the world!
HitFix: Have you settled into the routine of also doing school during the day?
TM: We actually have school backstage, which is kinda fun because it's like school and you learn a bunch of things, but we're kinda like slackers, because we're always messing around and goofing around in class and singing. Our teacher is pretty cool, though. We love her.