BEVERLY — If the throngs of people who packed the Beverly High School auditorium to watch “American Idol” last night have anything to say about it — and they do — Angela Miller is sure to make the show’s top three tonight.
About 700 people of all ages gathered at the 19-year-old artist’s alma mater to wave signs, shout cheers and urge on their hometown favorite as she performed on the popular show, which relies on votes from the viewing public to determine which contestants advance.
“It’s amazing being a part of this. ... This whole event is incredible,” said Alex Distefano, a senior at the school who said he expects Miller to win the competition. “Long live Angie, long live the Beverly queen.”
It was the second “American Idol” rally held at the high school, and a sea of youths donning orange-on-black “Team Angie” T-shirts screamed with delight whenever Miller appeared on the large screen. They also danced spiritedly to songs that a Kiss 108 deejay broadcast during commercial breaks.
“It’s very alive; people are very excited,” said Susan Robinson, who came to the rally with her 12-year-old daughter, MaryElla. “There’s just a positive energy in the building.”
Seniors at the high school used the event to raise money for The One Fund Boston, which benefits victims of last week’s marathon bombing. A student said they had already raised about $1,000 by the time the show started.
On last night’s show, Miller looked strong and grabbed plenty of accolades from the judges for her performances.
“That’s how you win,” Randy Jackson said after Miller sang Jessie J’s “Who You Are” at the piano. “You made me believe that this was an Angie performance that was 10 out of 10 out of 10 for me.”
Mariah Carey called the performance “amazing,” and Keith Urban said Miller “got more carefree and just more cooler and looser” as the song progressed. Nicki Minaj also approved.