BEVERLY — If there was ever a time for a teenager to lose her head, it would be on a day when thousands of people gathered in her hometown to lavish her with cheers and screams.
A year removed from working the counter at Chick-fil-A at the Northshore Mall in Peabody, Angie Miller returned home Saturday as an instantly recognizable TV and social media star with a chance to achieve even-greater fame.
But despite all of the hoopla surrounding her visit, she lived up to her reputation among those who know her as a poised young woman who remains down-to-earth and genuine.
During a short break from her whirlwind hometown visit, Miller said her main goal is not to sell lots of records but to be a good role model for girls who look up to her.
“The reason I want this is just to be an example and an inspiration,” Miller said in a press conference at Centerville School. “I don’t care about the things I sell. I just want to be an example through my words and music. ... It pushes me harder to not be stupid or trashy.”
Miller said she struggled with self-confidence all through high school and was not considered popular.
“I thought I wasn’t good enough,” she said. “I want people to know that confidence is such a big thing. If you have it, you can accomplish your dreams.”
Miller talked about the thrill of returning home for a weekend after spending months inside “the ‘American Idol’ bubble.” She has spent most of her time in Hollywood, rooming with fellow contestant Kree Harrison and rehearsing and performing on the show.
“It feels like this is home,” she said. “It’s amazing to see all my friends who’ve been there since day one. It’s not just my fans, it’s my friends and family. That’s huge.”