Eliminated American Idol contestant, Angie Miller,  spoke with the nation’s media last Friday morning. Here is what she had
to say:

Do you feel winning Idol would has brought you closer to a successful career?

“I feel like in a way, that I’ve already won. Top 3 is amazing, And the exposure I’ve had on the show, and the journey, and everything. It’s been incredible.
I really wouldn’t change a thing. I’m proud of how far I’ve gotten.”

If you could pick one judge to come on board next season, who has never been on the show, who would it be?

“That’s such a hard question! There are so many people. I think it would be so cool if someone who has been on American Idol before came on the show as a
judge.”

What will Idol be missing by not having  Randy Jackson there next season?

“He’s been a huge part of the show. I feel so blessed to have been on a year with him, to be a part of his journey. I’m grateful that he was a part of mine. It
will definitely be weird without him! The only one who’s been here  forever.”

Who do you think will be the most fun on the tour?

“That’s a hard question. Everyone! We all get along. We really are just a family. The tour is going to be a blast. We’re going to have so much fun. I can’t
wait to meet all the fans. And sing full length songs and not be judged.”

Would she like to sing the National Anthem at Fenway Park some day?

“Yes! I would love that. That would be amazing.”

Did the judges constantly harping on you to play the piano get frustrating?

 “Honestly, at first, it was upsetting, because I feel like they thought I was only good when I was playing the piano. I was like ‘I promise you, I can be
just as good off the piano.’ And I had to work and prove that to them. I feel like in the end, I did. I ‘m so glad I did that. I love being off
piano just as much as I love being on it.”

What was it about your home trip that helped build your confidence?

 “I just remember being in Beverly, MA during that concert with thousands of people there, and being on that stage, and feeling so free–like so in the
moment. I remember thinking ‘Why don’t I feel like this on the American Idol stage?’ I really feel like I brought that feeling from that concert
with me on American Idol. And it showed, and it paid off.”

What can you tell us about your duet with  Adam Lambert on the finale?

“That’s the great  thing. I’m not going anywhere, I’m still here. I’m going to start rehearsing and practicing for the finale this week. I’m so excited. I
don’t know 100% what’s going to be going on yet, I’m so excited to be singing again. I’ll be singing on the Nokia stage, and I really can’t
wait.”

Tell us about your whole family getting the “Dream Big” tattoo.

“Dream big is a motto of mine. It has been for a long time now.  Probably a year ago, I got the tattoo. Throughout this whole competition, ‘Dream Big’ has been
such a huge part of it. My whole family, all of them, surprised me, and they all got it tattooed as well to help support me. I’ve even seen other
friends who have gotten it–an incredible amount of support from friends and family have given me through tattoos!  It’s the most random
thing, but it means so much, because it’s so permanent and it’s so real. I love my family and their support is amazing.”

Did the emphasis on the adversity Kree had to overcome in her personal life, in her homecoming video, affect the
votes in her favor? If so, does it frustrate you that maybe your elimination wasn’t based only on talent?

“I really don’t know about the voting. I know that one week, people can be on top, and they can be on the bottom. I don’t know if that so much swayed the voting. I
honestly don’t know about that. But I do know that it did not disappoint  me at all. I love both of those girls, and they both deserve to be there,
I would never ever be like, ‘oh…a sob story.’ That’s her life. And she’s real. And she’s one of the most genuine girls that I know. I love her so
much. I didn’t even really think about that, honestly.”

Did you expect to make it to the Final 2?  Were you shocked at your elimination? Where were the tears coming from?

“Every Thursday night, it’s always shocking, it’s always an emotional crazy night. I did feel confident in my performances. I was hoping and dreaming to be a part
of that finale, and I really wanted it. Of course it was shocking. I wanted it so badly. Even though it’s the end of American
Idol, this is just the start, the beginning. I can start planning my      future. It’s exciting at the same time.”

What was going through your mind as you watched the boot video of your time on Idol, and as you tried to sing
that final song?

“I can’t believe that I was one of those people in a huge arena of thousands of people–that Iwas one of those people who were like ‘welcome back to American Idol!’
It’s incredible that way back then, at what seemed like years ago, that I dreamed of being a part of Top 3 and be able to sing at the finale. It
was incredible to see this whole journey and how it’s all happened. That I’m still here.  It’s incredible–an amazing journey.”

One lesson that you learned on the show.

“I’ve learned so much. I’ve grown so much through this competition. I know who I am musically, and as an artist so much more. I know what I like and I don’t
like and what I should and shouldn’t do. What I should sing about–things like that. As  a person, as well, I’ve learned so much about myself and
how to deal with things. And to remain true to yourself throughout everything that’s going on around you. It’s an incredible growing process
on the show.”

What is next for you after the tour?

“I just hope to get signed and put out an album, put out music. That’s what I want to do first. I want to focus on my music, and maybe go on another tour if
possible. Eventually, I want to do acting.  Everything! I want to do so much.”

What kind of music would you like to make?  Christian or pop?

“It’s neither of those, really. I’m not going to go in the Christian genre, and I’m not going to in the pop. I want to have music that has meaning and is
real–real life stuff. I don’t wanna sing about…I don’t want to have dance party music, but at the same time, I online casino deutschland don’t want to put people to sleep. I
want to incorporate piano–the soulful piano sound with a lot of edge. I love the rock. If it’s a fast song, it’s more rock as opposed to pop. I
know the message that I want to send out, and I know the  sounds that I want to do. I can’t wait to show it to people.”

Did you want to do more original songs this season?

Did she try or think about doing that? “Definitely thought about it. Definitely wanted to.  I have more that I want to share, and I’m excited to on a
future album. But the show isn’t over! You still got to watch the finale!”

Tell us about your relationship with Candice Glover and Kree Harrison.

“I love talking about them! Me and Kree have been roommates since Top 20. We’ve been roommates forever. We’re so close. I can’t imagine going through this competition
without her. We’ve been supporting each other so much. It’s weird waking up in the morning without her there anymore. That’s strange. I love her
and Candice. We’ve gotten so close. With the Top 5 girls–we all got so close. They’re both so incredibly talented and deserve to be where they
are.  Kree really is like a mom. I wake up in the morning sometimes and she’s like ‘you want breakfast? What do you want?’ She’s so nice. She
never thinks about herself. So selfless. Candice is just the funniest  person to be around. I wish America really could just sit in a room and
talk with her for 5 minutes, they’d understand how hysterical she is. I feel so blessed to have made it this far with these two girls in the Top
3.”

What was it like to do background vocals  on Mariah Carey’s album?

“I can’t believe it. I can’t believe I was in a position where Mariah Carey was coaching me. Her being able to give me tips in the studio and stuff. I really can’t
believe that happened. I never thought that would happen in a million years. ”

Who would you love to do a dream duet with?

“Definitely a huge  musical inspiration of mine, 100% Jesse J. I love the soulful sound with the edge to it. Lots of her songs have that. I’ve done her songs on the
show…they’re such soulful, beautiful songs. They have a certain amount of edge and grit to it that I love. I would absolutely love to do a duet
with her one day. That would be amazing.”

What is one of the best pieces of advice you got from the judges?

“What really sticks out to me when I think of everything they’ve said–they didn’t just appreciate my voice, but they appreciated
the artistry and the songwriting and the knowing who I am as a person.  I love how they really appreciated that. They stressed that
that was important–never lose your songwriting  and who you are and what you stand for. It wasn’t really a critique, but just them saying
‘Thank you for being that way. Keep being that way.’ That meant the world to me.”

Will you be able to sing one of her own songs on tour?

“I don’t know, but I really really hope so! That would be amazing!

What were those first few moments like backstage after the results?

“It was a feeling of ‘Wow, OK. That really happened! OK. I’m off the show and now this is what it feels like…It’s time to move on and start thinking about the future.’
I didn’t want to dwell on how sad I was. I think the first initial thought was, ‘OK, I just got voted off. What’s the future going to
hold?’”

Did the Top 3 discuss predictions, or who could possibly be eliminated?

“Oh no. We don’t want to get our heads all wrapped up in ‘Oh…who’s going to get voted off?’ We just relaxed Wednesday night. We were, like, ‘Whatever happens, happens.
We all love each other, no matter what.’”

Did you watch previous seasons of American Idol?

“Yes, many years. Since I was 8.”

Given that and how you have now seen Idol from a different perspective, what do you think Idol needs to do to
change and get back its popularity?

“That’s a really good question! I think that they did a lot of great stuff this year. I loved how they did the Top 40 and the Top 20 thing, instead of doing the whole
‘long walk down.’ Remember how they used to do the Top 24? I like how they got rid of that and did Top 40 and Top 20. I really don’t know what
to say to change, cause I feel like it’s so good and they know what they are doing. I would love to incorporate more original songs.”

Have you ever attended the summer tour?

“Last year was the first year I did. That’s the first time I ever saw Colton Dixon do “Never Gone.”  I’m so glad I was able to do that on the show.  That was
an amazing thing, going to watch the live tour.”

What was your favorite moment on Idol?

“Favorite moment ever on Idol is still, way back in Hollywood week when I was able to do my original song, “You Set Me Free.”  There was the audition, and a few
rounds before that ,but I feel like that was the moment that it really started for me. And I was able to show right away, America, who I was as
an artist and a songwriter. That’s when everything changed for me and I was just like ‘Wow. Maybe I really do have a chance at making it far in
American Idol.’ That’s where it all started.”

Have you heard from Jesse J.?

“When I did her song, ‘Who U R’ on the show, she did tweet me. She said ‘so incredibly proud’ or something like that. So that was awesome. She hasn’t in the past 24
hours, but I would LOVE to get in touch with her! That would be amazing!”

The judges seemed to say on Wednesday, that Candice would be a shoo in for the final. Did you feel you were
competing with Kree for that second spot?

“Yeah. Candice killed it. She was amazing. I knew that she was going to be in the finale,obviously. I think it was between me and Kree. Which was terrible. She’s
my best friend in the competition. It just stunk that we had leave each other. I really am so proud of them for making it.”

Do you think choosing not to play the piano on “Sorry Seems to Be The Hardest Word” like Jimmy Iovine
suggested, and criticized you for not doing so, hurt you?

“I don’t think I needed to play piano for it. He’s still said that I was the favorite of that round. It’s kind of confusing. He said I was the favorite of that
round, but then he said, ‘Aw she should have played piano.’  I don’t  think it would have made much of a difference. Plus, if I had
played it, I didn’t feel that song well enough. To play it, I probably would have screwed it up on piano. ”

You have sung more church music than anyone in the season. Is there a certain way that she puts church into
her music? And is it different from the way Candice puts church into her music?

“I don’t have the gospel, big powerhouse voice. I think which is what Randy is talking about when he says ‘church.’ I think for
me, it’s less the church sound, and more the meaning. I’ve done Colton Dixon, ‘Never Gone’, I’ve done ‘Love Came Down.’ Those are worship songs.
They’re not in your face, like Jesus songs. They’re subtle. And that’s what I want to do. I don’t wanna shove Jesus down people’s throats.
Through actions, and through meaning and words, being able to show that subtly.”

How much does the history of Salem, Mass. affect your growing up and your church life.

“It doesn’t affect me at all. if anything, I’m so proud of where I’ve come from and I love my parents. They’re the best. And they
are so supportive. They just recently started that church, remix church, this past September. I’m so proud to be a pastor’s kid. And I love them.
I can’t wait to go visit, because I haven’t been there in a long time.”

Angie’s closing remarks:

“ Thank you all, so much. I really am so blessed to be a part of Top 3. It blows my mind. I can’t wait to sing at the finale on
that stage. I can’t wait for the tour, and just to see what happens with my future. I know that this is just the start. This is the launching pad.
Thank you to everyone who supported me and voted for me. It means the world.”