By Neil H. Dempsey
---- — BEVERLY — Angie Miller met with success on “American Idol” again tonight, cruising into the show’s top three and securing plans for a live performance in her hometown Saturday.
With about 10 minutes left in the hourlong show, Ryan Seacrest announced that the 19-year-old Beverly High School graduate had gotten enough votes from the viewing public to stay in the competition another week.
Miller looked overjoyed when she heard the news, perhaps in part relieved that criticisms she’d received from the judges the night before hadn’t dampened her popularity with viewers. She smiled, covered her face and then danced giddily onstage over to her seat in the winners’ section.
A week earlier, Seacrest had told Miller that she was — along with Kree Harrison — one of the show’s top two vote-getters, but no such results were announced this week. Last week’s votes were combined with these week’s to determine who was going home, as nobody was eliminated last week.
Shortly after telling Miller she was safe, Secreast announced that Candice Glover was also staying on the show, leading to a tense moment where Amber Holcomb and Kree Harrison waited together to hear who would be eliminated. In the end, it was Holcomb.
Fresh commentary was sparse tonight, but music producer Jimmy Iovine did echo criticisms that Miller had received on Wednesday night for her performance of “Diamonds” by Rihanna.
“I think Angie had the opportunity to shut the entire show down this week,” Iovine said. “It just wasn’t the song she needed it to be.”
Iovine also said Miller’s rendition of “Someone to Watch Over Me” by Ira and George Gershwin “wasn’t special enough,” though he also said it “wasn’t bad enough to send her home.”
The finalists will perform again when “American Idol” airs on Fox on Wednesday at 8 p.m.