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May 6, 2013

'Idol' homecoming

Thousands pay tribute to Beverly contestant


Miller finished with “You Set Me Free,” the song that she wrote herself and the one that first wowed the “American Idol” judges. After the show, fans crowded the side of the stage, where Miller signed some autographs before police parted the crowd and got her into the high school.

Despite the huge crowds, police said there were no arrests or incidents of any kind.

“This event brought the community together more than you can ever imagine,” said Beverly High Principal Sean Gallagher, who estimated the crowd at 20,000. “We just pulled off an unbelievable event. Angie is just so genuine. It really meant a lot to her, and that’s what it’s all about.”

Staff writer Paul Leighton can be reached at 978-338-2675 or




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