Miller, in fact, credited her hometown visit with helping her on the show. Her performances on Wednesday night received generally rave reviews from the judges.
“I remembered being in Beverly with thousands of people there and being on that stage and feeling so free, so in the moment, and thinking, ‘Why don’t I feel like that on the “American Idol” stage?,’” she said. “I feel like it showed and it paid off.”
As for the next step, Miller was scheduled to appear on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” last night. She then planned to focus on rehearsing for her appearance on Thursday’s final “American Idol” show of the season.
One media member asked if she would be singing with Jesse J, the singer that Miller says she most admires.
“I would die if I was able to sing with her,” Miller said. “That would be the most incredible thing ever and I hope it happens.”
Miller will then embark on a 40-city tour with the other 11 finalists beginning June 29, including a stop in Boston at the Agganis Arena on Aug. 19.
“We all get along like family,” she said. “The tour is going to be a blast. I can’t wait to meet all the fans and sing full-length songs and not be judged.”
After the Idols LIVE! tour, Miller said she hopes to sign a recording contract, put out an album and maybe go on another tour. She said she would also like to get into acting.
Miller, whose parents are co-pastors of the Remix Church in Salem, said she would not concentrate on Christian music.
“I want to have music that is real and has real-life stuff,” she said. “I don’t want to have dance party music, but at the same time I don’t want to put people asleep. I want to incorporate the piano into a soulful sound but with an edge. I know the message that I want to send out and I know the sound that I want to do. I just can’t wait to show it to people.”