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May 11, 2013

Beverly's Angie Miller: ‘I feel like I’ve already won’

BEVERLY — Like most everyone else back in her hometown, Angie Miller admitted she was stunned when Ryan Seacrest announced her elimination from “American Idol” Thursday night.

“I was hoping and dreaming to be a part of that finale and I really wanted it, so of course it was shocking,” Miller said yesterday from Hollywood in a conference call with the media.

But if you were expecting sour grapes or second guesses from the Beverly teenager in the wake of her “Idol” exit, she wasn’t about to provide them.

Instead, Miller said she is looking forward to performing on next week’s “American Idol” finale, followed by the “American Idol” concert tour and a future in the music and entertainment world that was unimaginable to her a few months ago.

“I feel like in a way I’ve already won by making it to the top three,” she said. “The exposure and the journey is incredible. I really wouldn’t change a thing. I’m proud of how far I’ve gotten.”

In a conference call carefully controlled by “American Idol,” Miller handled a variety of questions with poise and grace. She refused to bite on a question about whether Kree Harrison was aided by an emotional video of her hometown visit that centered on the tragic deaths of her parents.

When one questioner suggested the “sob story” might have helped Harrison, who advanced to the final with Candice Glover, Miller said, “I love both of those girls, and they deserve to be there. I would never be, ‘That’s a sob story.’ That’s her life. (Kree) is one of the most genuine people I know. I didn’t even think of that.”

Many people considered Miller, the 19-year-old Beverly High School graduate, and Glover the favorites to advance to the final two of the competition. Miller had been a top vote-getter in previous weeks and has a prodigious number of social media followers. Her hometown visit to Beverly last week drew an estimated 15,000 people.

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