By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — BEVERLY — Angela Miller advanced again on “American Idol” last night, making the Beverly High School graduate one of eight contestants left on the popular talent show.
Miller performed “Yesterday” during Wednesday’s Beatles-themed show, after which the viewing public voted for its favorite contestants. Those results were announced last night, though show host Ryan Seacrest didn’t provide specifics regarding vote numbers. On last week’s show, he divulged that Miller had been one of the show’s top three vote-getters.
Miller looked ecstatic as she walked across the stage after being told by Seacrest that she was staying on, but she didn’t have a chance to speak.
“Congratulations, Angie,” Seacrest said. “Good job.”
In a brief recap before the results were announced, music producer and show critic Jimmy Iovine offered some criticism of Miller, saying she was “so talented” but “too dramatic.”
“Everyone’s saying how great she was, but I’m telling you, there’s something wrong, and we need to fix it,” Iovine said.
Later, Miller collaborated with the other female contestants on a performance of “Here, There and Everywhere” by The Beatles.
Miller has been successful on the show despite being hearing-impaired; due to missing protective coverings on her eardrums, she has 40 percent hearing loss in her left ear and 20 percent loss in her right. She delayed a corrective skin graft surgery — and turned down several music scholarships — in order to try out for the show.
After her performance on “American Idol” on Wednesday, the show’s judges voiced support for Miller.
“You can do anything with your voice, you are amazing,” Nicki Minaj said.
“The judges all had great things to say,” Miller said in a video posted to YouTube after her performance. “Every time they have great things to say, I’m just like, still blown away.”
The finalists will perform next when “American Idol” airs on Wednesday at 8 p.m.