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Angela "Angie" Miller: I definitely wanted to perform more original songs on 'American Idol'


By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/14/2013 

Angela "Angie" Miller was eliminated from American Idol during Thursday night's live results show broadcast on Fox, deciding the twelfth season's Top 2 finale finalists.

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Angie -- a 19-year-old from Beverly, MA, who has been considered the competition's frontrunner since the finals began -- was ousted from the competition after receiving the fewest number of home-viewer votes following Wednesday night's performance show.

Angie's surprising elimination set up a Kree Harrison, a 22-year-old from Nashville, TN, versus Candice Glover, a 23-year-old from St. Helena Island, SC, showdown in this week's finale.

During a conference call with reporters on Friday, Angie talked to Reality TV World about her American Idol experience. To read what she had to say, click here. Below are some additional highlights from her call. Check back with us on Wednesday for more.

Has the shock of your elimination worn off? 

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Yeah.  It's worn off a little yeah.

Do you feel that winning Idol would bring you that much more chance of a successful career or could what happened last night be even better for you?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  I mean, yeah in some ways it could be definitely.  I feel like in a way that I've already won, like Top 3 is amazing and the exposure I've had on the show and the journey and everything has been incredible.  I really wouldn't change a thing, and I'm proud of how far I've gotten.

If you could pick one judge to come onboard next year, who has never been on the show, who would it be?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Oh gosh, that's such a hard question.  There are so many people.  I think I said in another interview before that I think it would be so cool if someone who has been on American Idol before came on the show as a judge.

Oh, like a contestant?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Yeah.

Now that you've got the tour to look forward to, who do you think is going to be the most fun on the tour?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Oh gosh that's a hard question, everyone.  It's like we all get along, or really. are just family.  So the tour is going to be a blast.  We are going to have so much fun, and I can't wait to meet all the fans and sing full-length songs and not be judged.  It's going to be a blast.

Do you think you might try to arrange to sing the anthem at Fenway Park some day?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Yes.  I would love that.  I would love to sing the National Anthem at Fenway.  Yeah that would be amazing.

I saw on your Twitter account that your whole family has gotten a "dream big" tattoo.  Maybe tell me a little bit about what their support meant to you last night, a little bit about the tattoo.

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Well, "dream big" is like a motto of mine -- it has been for a long time now.  And probably like a year ago, I got the tattoo of "dream big."  Throughout this whole competition, "dream big" has been such a huge part of it, and my whole family, all of them, surprised me and they all got it tattooed as well to help support me. 

I've even seen other places -- I have other friends who have gotten it.  Just the incredible amount of support that friends and family have given me through tattoos, it's like it's the most random thing, but it means so much because it's so permanent and it's so real.  Yeah I love my family and their support is amazing.

What was going through your mind as you watched kind of the recap video of your time on Idol and as you tried to sing that final song in tears?  What were the thoughts that were kind of going through your mind?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  I still just can't believe that I was one of those people; like in the huge arena of thousands of people, that I was one of those people that was like, "Welcome back to American Idol" and started the show off.  It's incredible that way back then, what seems like years ago, that I dreamed of being a part of the Top 3 and being able to sing at the finale. 

It's incredible to see this whole journey and how it's all happened, and I'm still here.  Like I'm part of the Top 3 and I'm going to be singing on Thursday's finale, like it's incredible.  It's an amazing journey.

Was there one thing in particular that you could walk away from this thing and say you've really learned from it?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Gosh I've learned so much.  I've grown so much through this competition.  Musically, I've definitely -- I know who I am musically and as an artist so much more.  I mean, I just know what I like and don't like and what I should and shouldn't do or what I should sing about and things like that, and just as a person as well. 

I've learned so much about myself and how to deal with things and to remain true to yourself throughout everything that flows around you.  It's an incredible growing process this show.

Have you heard from people in your hometown yet? I'm sure they're upset about your elimination.

Angela "Angie" Miller:  I have and I have an incredible amount of friends and family just texting me and calling me.  I love Beverly.  I've done all of this for my hometown, so yeah, I'm happy to have made it this far.

What do you see in your immediate future?  I know you have the tour, but then what happens after that?  Do you have any idea?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Well, yeah there is the tour, and then I just hope to get signed and put out an album, put out music.  That's what I want to do first definitely to start.  I want to focus on my music and maybe even go on another tour as soon as possible.  And eventually, I want to do acting, like everything.  I just want to do so much.

Can you give us a hint of what kind of music you'd like to make?  There was some indication that you might want to go into the Christian-music world.  Is that your plan or would you prefer to like go in a more pop direction?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  It's neither of those really.  I'm not going to go into the Christian genre.  I'm not going to go into the pop.  I want to have music that has meaning and is real.  It's real like stuff.  I don't want to sing about just like -- I don't know.  I don't want to have like dance-party music, but at the same time, I don't want to put people to sleep.

So I definitely want to incorporate piano and the soulful piano sound with a lot of edge.  I love the rock.  If it's a fast song, it's more rock as opposed to pop, but I don't know.  I know the message that I want to send out and I know the sounds that I want to do and I can't wait to show it to people.

Did you want to do more original songs this season?  Did you try to do that?  Did you think about doing that?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Oh definitely thought about it, definitely wanted to.  I mean, I have more that I want to share, and I'm excited to in a future album, but I mean the show isn't over.  You've still got to watch the finale.

Candice and Kree, could you tell us a little bit about each of them?  What is it that you like about them and what's interesting about them as people?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  My gosh, honestly, I love talking about them.  I mean, me and Kree have been roommates since Top 20, right.  We've been roommates forever.  We're so close.  She's like -- I mean, I can't imagine going through this competition without her. 

We've been supporting each other so much and it's weird waking up in the morning without her there anymore.  She's like not my roommate anymore, so that's like strange, but I love her.  Candice, we've gotten so close.  I mean, with the Top 5 girls, we just all got so close, and Candice is -- they're both so incredibly talented and deserve to be where they are. 

Could you be a little more specific about what their personalities are like? For instance, people have said that Kree is like the mother who kind of takes care of everybody or watches them.

Angela "Angie" Miller:  Kree really is like a mom, she really is.  I mean, I wake up in the morning sometimes and she's like, "Do you want breakfast?  What do you want?"  I'm just like, "Kree!" (Laughs)  She's so nice and she never thinks about herself, so selfless. 

Candice is just the funniest person to be around.  I wish America really like could just sit in a room and talk with her for like five minutes because they'd understand how hysterical she is.  I feel so blessed to have made it this far with these two girls in the Top 3.

I wanted to ask you a little bit about Mariah Carey.  What was it like to do the background vocals with the three of you and Mariah?

Angela "Angie" Miller:  I can't believe it.  I can't believe that I was in a position where Mariah Carey was coaching me.  Like her being able to give me tips in the studio and stuff, like I mean, I really can't believe that happened.  I never thought that would happen in a million years.

Above are some additional highlights from Angie's Friday conference call with reporters. To read what she had to tell Reality TV World, click here. Check back with us on Wednesday for more.



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