Angie Miller of Beverly, MA was eliminated on Idol leaving Kree Harrison the 22-year-old from Nashville, TN, to face 23-year-old Candice Glover of St. Helena Island, SC, in next week’s finale.
Angie could barely maintain her composure while singing her goodbye song, breaking down in tears and apologizing to the audience.
Wednesday night’s performance show was a mix of songs chosen by the producers, judges and Jimmy Iovine. Iovine picked a song for each contestant to sing during the night’s first round of competition. Angie sang”Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” by Elton John, and Jimmy said she had won the round.
“I picked these three songs to challenge them, and obviously they did,” Jimmy explained. “Kree was very good. She did a good job interpreting the lyrics, not as good as I wanted her to. Angie did a really stellar job, should’ve played the piano, didn’t. I think that was a mistake, but emotionally, I think she got it. And Candice… She did a great job, missed a couple of moments to me. So I have to give that round to Angie.”
The judges Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban seemed to really like Angie’s performance but thought it was somewhat lacking emotion, something they’ve been saying all season long.
“I felt that this was one of the best performances I’ve seen you do… I really enjoyed the performance. I thought it was really good, Angie,” Mariah said.
“I would’ve been happy with you actually holding back even a little more. That’s just me. You’ve got range Angie, range for days, and there’s a beautiful thing in the top register of your voice. But all I would say is don’t underestimate the power of — you could break people’s hearts singing really gently too, you really can. That would’ve been the perfect song to do that — not to say that I wasn’t emotionally affected, because I was… But your voice is spectacular,” Keith added.
“The thing is, there have been performances that you’ve done that have hit me in the heart and I literally go home and watch it over and over when you hit that emotion, you know? This was a stellar vocal, but I do kind of agree it didn’t hit me emotionally like I would’ve wanted it to, but it doesn’t take away from the fact that you are clearly bringing it to win this compeition,” Nicki said.
“The Judges’ Picks, was the second round ” Angie came through with some good feedback of “Try” by P!nk. ”Twice in the night, no piano! You’re like, ‘I’m going out on the edge and I’m going to break out of my comfort zone.’ For me, you’ve never looked as comfortable performing without your piano as you did in that moment,” Urban said.
“Our judges, we made a great choice… That song fit you like a glove. You sounded amazing on it. You were so comfortable!… This girl is trying to win it, Mariah. This girl is in it to win it! She’s in it to win it!” yelled Randy.
Mariah went on to say ”you enjoyed being there but there’s also a confidence you have… I totally agree with the fact that you performed like never before, and maybe it was this song has more of a rock feeling and you were up in your upper register earlier on in the song and you were just moving freely. I just felt like, ‘Wow, she’s really found her place at home and it’s on the stage.”
In the final round “Idol Production’s Picks.” Angie sang “Maybe” by Emile Sande while playing the piano. ”Listen man, you sang your heart out right there… I actually love all the performances. I think tonight, you became a complete performer. I love that!” commented Randy. While Mariah said ”you sustained in your belting register for a long time and I felt like you really were feeling the song. The emotion was there… I just really felt like you were you and you were there and you were present. I really have nothing negative at all to say about that performance… All I’ll say is that I think you did an amazing job with a song that’s not that easy for people to sing,”
Minaj’s take on it was “oh my goodness. You’ve come full circle now. You’ve become what we’ve been preaching about for weeks upon weeks upon weeks. If nothing else, my God, your growth has surpassed my expectations, miss lady. You are out of your head. You are not pageanty. You are feeling it. You’re not staring into the camera like a zombie. You’re emotionally connecting every time now and as long as you feel it, we’re going to feel it. Congratulations!”
But all the flattery couldn’t keep Angie in the finals…but on Idol does that really matter? Remember a young woman named Jennifer Hudson?
Written by: Laney Fichera