Miller said she figured that Glover, the 23-year-old South Carolinan with the big voice, would be one of the finalists, meaning that either Miller or Harrison, who have been roommates for the last few months, would be voted off.
“Which was just terrible, because she’s my best friend in the competition,” Miller said. “It was terrible we had to beat each other, but I really am so happy that she made it.”
Miller had no explanation for her surprise departure.
“I don’t know about the voting,” she said. “I know one week people can be on top and they can be on the bottom. I do know that it did not disappoint me at all.”
Asked how she felt backstage after her tearful departure, which included on-stage hugs from her family and the judges, Miller said, “It was just a feeling of, ‘Wow, it really happened. I’m off the show. This is what it feels like.’ It’s time to just move on and starting thinking about the future. I didn’t want to dwell on how sad I was. I just got voted off. What’s next?”
Miller dismissed the criticism of Jimmy Iovine, who said she should have played piano when she performed Elton John’s “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” on Wednesday’s show. Miller said she was worried that she wouldn’t have time to learn how to play the song.
“He still said I was the favorite of that round,” she said. “I don’t think it would have made that much of a difference. I just didn’t know that song well enough. I probably would’ve screwed it up on piano.”
Asked about the response to her elimination from people back in Beverly, Miller said, “I’ve had an incredible amount of friends and family just calling and texting me. I love Beverly. I’ve done all of this for my hometown.”