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May 6, 2013

'I just want to be an example'

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Asked about the large crowd that was already gathering for her concert at the high school, Miller said. “It’s weird that people care enough to do that, because I don’t feel like anything’s different. While I’m here in Beverly, I want to enjoy this day. I want to forget the competition and focus on this in Beverly.”

Miller has received generally rave reviews from the “American Idol” judges. She admitted it took time to deal with their criticism when it finally arrived.

“I realized that any negative comments you just need to brush off your shoulder,” she said. “It’s hard not to get wrapped up in the negative, but you just have to. ... I’ve learned a lot about myself musically. Just a year ago, I was not even the lead in the musical (at Beverly High).”

Miller said she will have skin graft surgery sometime after the “American Idol” competition to repair her eardrum, which she said is 75 percent gone. She has been dealing with hearing loss since she was a child.

“You learn to work with that,” she said.

As for her future, Miller will go on the “American Idol” tour starting in June, regardless of the outcome of the final three weeks of the competition. The “Idol” winner will come out with an album six weeks after the show ends, she said.

“Hopefully,” she said, “I’ll be in the studio.”

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