, Salem, MA

April 5, 2013

Beverly's Miller still on top on 'Idol'

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — Local favorite Angela Miller found success again on “American Idol” last night, earning kudos for her performance on Wednesday and avoiding another round of elimination.

“You really have a chance to go all the way in this thing,” show critic Jimmy Iovine said.

The 19-year-old Beverly High School graduate is now one of just six contestants left on the show, which eliminates one person each week based on votes from the viewing public.

Miller performed “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence during Wednesday’s rock-themed show and collaborated with fellow contestant Lazaro Arbos on a rendition of Queen’s “Crazy Little Thing Called Love.”

Last night, Iovine said he wasn’t impressed with the collaboration, which he called “cabaret.”

“Freddie Mercury would never write a song like they sang it,” he said.

But he also singled out Arbos for criticism, saying he had forgotten the words during the duet and wasn’t likely to last long on the show.

As for Miller, Iovine said her solo performance was “beautiful” and “magnificent,” and that she was among the show’s top three contestants — with Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison.

Most of the judges agreed. Keith Urban, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson all chose Miller along with Harrison and Holcomb as their favorite three contestants. Mariah Carey chose Harrison, Holcomb and Candice Glover.

Show host Ryan Seacrest then announced that Miller — along with Harrison and Arbos — was one of the top three vote-getters of the week. The announcement showed that Miller hasn’t lost her dominant position on the show since March 14 — the last time the top three vote-getters were announced — despite a performance last week that was criticized by judges.

Along with Miller, Harrison and Glover were top vote-getters on March 14.

The seven finalists performed Queen’s “Somebody to Love” before results were announced last night.

Miller is the daughter of Guy and Tana Miller, co-pastors at the Remix Church in Salem, and her brother Jonathan is a member of the band Exiting the Fall. She sang in the choir at Beverly High School and declined several music scholarships in order to try out for “American Idol.”

Finalists will perform again when Fox’s “American Idol” airs Wednesday at 8 p.m.