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April 4, 2013

Hometown cheers on Angie

Crowd gathers at Beverly High to watch Miller on 'Idol'

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Jessica Donahue said she and her 8-year-old daughter, Makayla Jones, have been watching Miller as she has progressed on “American Idol.”

“It’s just really cool to have a hometown girl in the competition,” Donahue said. “We watch it every year, and this is an added bonus.”

Organizers of the event set up a photo booth where people could get their pictures taken, with the photos to be emailed to Miller. Dozens of people signed their names to a large orange sign that read “Beverly Loves Angie.” “Team Angie” T-shirts were on sale, with some of the proceeds going to the high school music department.

Miller is one of seven singers remaining on the show, which attracts as many as 17 million viewers. One of the seven will be eliminated through viewer voting that will be announced on tonight’s show.

The four judges gave Miller high marks for her solo performance last night, as well as for her duet with fellow contestant Lazaro Arbos.

“Angie, you were amazing as usual,” Randy Jackson said.

Gallagher said school officials will decide next week whether they will continue to have the rallies if Miller keeps moving on.

Miller’s rise to stardom has been especially thrilling for her friends at the high school. Hester flew out to Hollywood to watch last week’s show, but otherwise they’ve been keeping in touch with her via phone calls and texts.

“It’s so great to see such a great girl have success,” said senior Marc Babcock, who performed with Miller last year in “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” “She’s such a sweet girl who cares and is so genuine.”

Moffie, who starred in “West Side Story” at the high school last month, said Miller took the time to call her and ask how the show was going.

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