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Interview with Angie Miller of "American
Idol" on FOX 5/10/13
FBC PUBLICITY: American Idol Interview Call
May 10, 2013/9:30 a.m. PDT
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by
and welcome to the American Idol Interview Call with Angie
Miller. As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.
Iíll now turn the conference over to Katherine Taylor for
opening remarks; please go ahead.
K. Taylor: Hi, everyone; thank you so much for joining us
today for the American Idol Conference Call with Angie. As a
reminder, sheís here to talk about her experience on the
show and her plans moving forward. As always, if we feel
anyone is harping on a particular subject we do reserve the
right to jump in and move the call along. With that being
said, letís go ahead and get started with the first
Moderator: Our first question today comes from the line of
Mark Stone with Vista Radio.
M. Stone: Good morning, Angie; how are you?
A. Miller: Good morning; Iím good. How are you?
M. Stone: Iím good. Has the shock worn off? I know Iím still
A. Miller: Yeah. Itís worn off a little yeah.
M. Stone: Do you feel that winning Idol would bring you that
much more chance of a successful career or could what
happened last night be even better for you?
A. Miller: I mean yeah in some ways it could be definitely. I
feel like in a way that Iíve already won; like top three is
amazing and the exposure Iíve had on the show and the
journey and everything has been incredible. I really
wouldnít change a thing, and Iím proud of how far Iíve
M. Stone: Sure. If you could pick one judge to come on board
next year who has never been on the show who would it be?
A. Miller: Oh gosh, thatís such a hard question there are so
many people. I think I said in another interview before that
I think it would be so cool if someone who has been on
American Idol before came on the show as a judge.
M. Stone: Oh like a contestant?
A. Miller: Yeah.
M. Stone: Yeah thatíd be a good ideal. Okay. Thanks a lot.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from the line of Michael
Weinfeld with the Associated Press Broadcast.
M. Weinfeld: Hi, Angie.
A. Miller: Hi; how are you?
M. Weinfeld: I am doing just peachy. What do you think Idol
is going to be missing by not having Randy Jackson there
A. Miller: Well, I mean heís been a huge part of the show. I
mean heís been a huge part of the show, and I feel so
blessed to have been on a year with him to have been a part
of his journey, and Iím grateful he was a part of mine. He
was great for the show, and heís been a supporter of mine
since the beginning. It will definitely be weird without him
though; heís the only one who has been here forever.
M. Weinfeld: And now youíve got the tour to look forward to;
Who do you think is going to be the most fun on the tour?
A. Miller: Oh gosh thatís a hard question, everyone. Itís
like we all get along or really are just family, so the tour
is going to be a blast. We are going to have so much fun,
and I canít wait to meet all the fans and sing full length
songs and not be judged. Itís going to be a blast.
M. Weinfeld: Just one quick follow up, do you think you might
try to arrange to sing the anthem at Fenway some day?
A. Miller: Yes. I would love that. I would love to sing the
National Anthem at Fenway. Yeah that would be amazing.
M. Weinfeld: Weíll go to Sarah Rodman with the Boston Globe.
S. Rodman: Speaking of Fenway Park, hey, Angie,
congratulations on how far you go. I know you know that
there was a lot of support. You were just here last week and
saw that there is a lot of support here in Boston. I have a
question about it was so interesting to me watching the show
how they were like the piano, the piano, the piano, and Iím
wondering did that get frustrating for you that obviously
thatís a skill that you have in your skill set but that it
seemed so important to them?
A. Miller: Yeah. I mean honestly at first it was upsetting
because I feel like they thought I was only good when I was
playing the piano, and I was like, ďI promise you I can be
just as good off the piano.Ē I had to work and prove that to
them, and I feel like in the end I did. Iím so glad I did
that because I mean I love being off piano just as much as I
love being on it.
S. Rodman: And you were so comfortable and they saidóand I
like that you basically said that you were buoyed by your
trip home; that part of that was why when you came out with
the Pink performance. What about itóbecause you seemed you
did, as the judges said, seemed so much more confident at
that point. What about it built your confidence at that
A. Miller: Well, I just remember being in Beverly,
Massachusetts doing that concert with the thousands of
people there and being on that stage and feeling so free and
just like so in the moment. I remember thinking why donít I
feel like this on the American Idol stage, and so I really
feel like I just brought that feeling from that concert with
me on American Idol, and I feel like it showed and it paid
S. Rodman: Excellent. Thank you.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from Tenley Woodman with the
T. Woodman: Hi, Angie; how are you?
A. Miller: Iím good; how are you?
T. Woodman: Doing okay. So tell me a little bit about next
week, if you can, you know getting to come back and sing on
the finale? Weíve heard that maybe you and Adam Lambert
could duet. Could you speak to that?
A. Miller: Well, thatís the great thing is that Iím not going
anywhere; Iím still here. Iím going to start rehearsing and
practicing for the finale this week, and Iím so excited. I
donít know 100% what will be going on yet like what weíll be
singing and stuff, but Iím so excited just to sing again.
Iíll be singing on the finale and I just really canít wait.
T. Woodman: And also tell me I saw on your Twitter account
that your whole family has gotten a dream big tattoo. Maybe
tell me a little bit about what their support meant to you
last night, a little bit about the tattoo.
A. Miller: Well, dream big is like a motto of mine; it has
been for a long time now, and probably like a year ago I got
the tattoo of dream big. Throughout this whole competition
dream big has been such a huge part of it, and my whole
family, all of them, surprised me and they all got it
tattooed as well to help support me. Iíve even seen other
placesóI have other friends who have gotten it. Just the
incredible amount of support that friends and family have
given me through tattoos itís like itís the most random
thing but it means so much because itís so permanent and
itís so real. Yeah I love my family and their support is
T. Woodman: Great. Thank you so much, Angie.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Next weíll go to the line of Beth Kwiatkowski with
Reality TV World.
B. Kwiatkowski: Hi, Angie; congratulations on making it so
A. Miller: Hi, thank you.
B. Kwiatkowski: So the home town packages they aired during
Wednesday nightís show really seemed to focus on how much
adversity Kree has seemed to overcome and not to be
disrespectful in any way but it kind of presented her
background as a bit of a sob story. Do you think that
unfortunately played any role in the vote, and if so, does
it frustrate you in any way that given that it is a singing
competition that maybe your elimination wasnít entirely
based on just talent?
A. Miller: You know I donít really know about the whole
voting. I know that one week people can be on top and they
can be on the bottom. I donít know if that so much swayed
the voting or anything, and honestly I donít really 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, and I would never ever be like, ďOh itís a sob
story,Ē no; thatís her life, and sheís real and sheís one of
the most genuine girls that I know. Like honestly I love her
so much so yeah I didnít even really think about that
B. Kwiatkowski: Okay. Great. You clearly seemed shocked by
your elimination. Iím sure you donít want to come across as
arrogant in any way, but it seems like you had been
expecting to end up in the final two. I guess my question is
was that actually the case, and could you talk a little bit
about where all those tears were coming from?
A. Miller: Well, every Thursday night is always shocking.
Itís always an emotional crazy night, but I mean I did feel
confident in my performances and everything. Like honestly I
was hoping and dreaming to be a part of that finale, and I
really wanted it so of course it was shocking. I wanted it
so badly so it was definitely shocking, but even though itís
the end of American Idol this is just the start. This is the
beginning, and now I can start planning my future so itís
exciting at the same time.
B. Kwiatkowski: Great. Thanks a lot, Angie.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from Jennifer Maurer with
J. Maurer: Hi, Angie; how are you?
A. Miller: Iím good; how are you?
J. Maurer: Iím good. Thanks for taking the time with us
A. Miller: Itís my pleasure.
J. Maurer: Iíd like to kind of piggyback on that last
question, and kind of ask youówell, first of all kudos for
even trying to get through that final song last night. I
mean we were allóI think I can speak for everybodyójust
dying you know just watching you trying to get through that
so valiantly. What was going through your mind as you
watched kind of the recap video of your time on Idol and as
you tried to sing that final song? What were the thoughts
that were kind of going through your mind?
A. Miller: I still just canít believe that I was one of those
people; like in the huge arena of thousands of people that I
was one of those people that was like, ďWelcome back to
American Idol and started the show off. Itís incredible that
way back then, what seems like years ago, that I dreamed of
being a part of the top three and being able to sing at the
finale. Itís incredible to see this whole journey and how
itís all happened, and Iím still here. Like Iím part of the
top three and Iím going to be singing on Thursdayís finale
like itís incredible. Itís an amazing journey.
J. Maurer: And what would you say that youówas there one
thing in particular that you could walk away from this thing
and say youíve really learned from?
A. Miller: Gosh Iíve learned so much. Iíve grown so much
through this competition. Musically Iíve definitelyóI know
who I am musically and as an artist so much more. I mean I
just know what I like and donít like and what I should and
shouldnít do or what I should sing about and things like
that, and just as a person as well. Iíve learned so much
about myself and how to deal with things and to remain true
to yourself throughout everything that flows around you.
Itís an incredible growing process this show.
J. Maurer: Itís huge. Well, thank you very much.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from Paul Leighton with Salem
P. Leighton: Hi, Angie; how you doing?
A. Miller: Good; how are you?
P. Leighton: Iím calling from back in Beverly!
Congratulations on everything.
A. Miller: Thank you so much.
P. Leighton: Have you heardóyou know people back here were
obviously very upset last night, have you heard people back
here in your home town?
A. Miller: I have and I have an incredible amount of friends
and family just texting me and calling me. I love Beverly.
Iíve done all of this for my home town so yeah Iím happy to
have made it this far.
P. Leighton: Right. Okay. Great. So what is next for you; are
you going to be on with Jay Leno?
A. Miller: Yes I will be. Yeah Iím excited.
P. Leighton: Great. Is that tonight?
A. Miller: That is tonight yeah.
P. Leighton: Awesome. Okay. Great. Excellent.
A. Miller: So everybody back at home has to watch.
P. Leighton: Great. Great. Okay. Great. And then, what do you
see in your immediate future? I know you have the tour,
right, and then what happens after that? Do you have any
A. Miller: Well, yeah there is the tour, and then I just hope
to get signed and put out an album, put out music thatís
what I want to do first definitely to start. I want to focus
on my music and maybe even go on another tour as soon as
possible, and eventually I want to do acting, like
everything. I just want to do so much.
P. Leighton: Right. Right. Okay. Great. All right. Well, I
appreciate it. Congratulations that was a great time over
the weekend here. People are still talking about it
A. Miller: Amazing.
Moderator: Weíll go now to the line of Andrea Dresdale of ABC
A. Dresdale: Hey, Angie. Youíre so talented that youíve shown
that you can do many different genres of music, but you say
you know yourself much better as an artist now. Can you give
us a hint of what kind of music youíd like to make? There
was some indication that you might want to go in to the
Christian music world. Is that your plan or would you prefer
to like go in a more pop direction?
A. Miller: Itís neither of those really. Iím not going to go
in to the Christian genre. Iím not going to go in to the
pop. I want to have music that has meaning and is real. Itís
real like stuff. I donít want to sing about just likeóI
donít know. I donít want to have like dance party music but
at the same time I donít want to put people to sleep so I
definitely want to incorporate piano and the soulful piano
sound with a lot of edge. I love the rock. If itís a fast
song itís more rock as opposed to pop, but I donít know. I
know the message that I want to send out and I know the
sounds that I want to do and I canít wait to show it to
A. Dresdale: And did you want to do more original songs this
season? Did you try to do that? Did you think about doing
A. Miller: Oh definitely thought about it, definitely wanted
to. I mean I have more that I want to share, and Iím excited
to in a future album, but I mean the show isnít over. Youíve
still got to watch the finale.
A. Dresdale: Okay. Weíll be watching.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Next weíll go to the line of Mike Hughes with TV
M. Hughes: Hey, Angie, I wanted to go back to where you said
that you love the two girls so much and theyíre such good
people, Candice and Kree, be a little more specific about
that. Tell us a little bit about each of them, kind of what
it is you like about them. Whatís interesting about them as
A. Miller: My gosh honestly I love talking about them. I mean
me and Kree have been roommates since top 20, right. Weíve
been roommates forever. Weíre so close. Sheís likeóI mean I
canít imagine going through this competition without her.
Weíve been supporting each other so much and itís weird
waking up in the morning without here there anymore. Sheís
like not my roommate anymore so thatís like strange, but I
love her. Candice weíre gotten so close. I mean with the top
five girls we just all go so close, and Candice isótheyíre
both so incredibly talented and deserve to be where they
M. Hughes: And if you could just be a little more specific
about their personality; like for instance, people have said
that Kree is like the mother who kind of takes care of
everybody or watches them. Just be a little more specific
about what makes those two interesting people or nice
A. Miller: Kree really is likeósheís like a mom; she really
is. I mean I wake up in the morning sometimes and sheís
like, ďDo you want breakfast? What do you want?Ē Iím just
like, ďKreeóĒ. Sheís so nice and she never thinks about
herself, so selfless. Candice is just the funniest person to
be around. I wish America really like could just sit in a
room and talk with her for like five minutes because theyíd
understand how hysterical she is. I feel so blessed to have
made it this far with these two girls in the top three.
M. Hughes: Super. Thanks a lot.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Weíll go to the line of Marnie Brodersen with
M. Brodersen: Hi, Angie.
A. Miller: Hi.
M. Brodersen: I wanted to ask you a little bit about Mariah
Carey. What was it like to do the background vocals with the
three of you and Mariah?
A. Miller: I canít believe it. I canít believe that I was in
a position where Mariah Carey was coaching me. Like her
being able to give me tips in the studio and stuff like I
mean I really canít believe that happened. I never thought
that would happen in a million years.
M. Brodersen: Oh yes. Yes, darling. And then, I saw that you
did a lot of Jessie J. Who would you say is your biggest
musical influence and maybe who would you love to do a dream
A. Miller: Definitely a huge musical impression of mine 100%
Jessie J. I mean like I was saying earlier I love the
soulful sound with like the edge to it, and lots of her
songs have that, and Iíve done lots of her songs on that
show. Theyíre such soulful beautiful songs. They have this
certain amount of edge and grit to it that I love, and so
sheís definitely a huge musical influence. I would
absolutely love to do a duet with her one day that would
just be amazing.
M. Brodersen: It could happen. Well, good luck. Thank you so
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question comes from the line of Jamie
Ruby of Scifivision.com.
J. Ruby: Hi, thanks for taking the time to talk to us today.
Whatís like one of the best pieces of advice you got from
A. Miller: I think what really sticks out to me when I think
of everything that theyíve said is that they didnít just
appreciate like my voice or just me, whatever, but they
appreciated just the artistry and the songwriting and
knowing that I know who I am as a person. I love how they
really appreciated that and they stressed that was important
to never lose your songwriting and who you are and what you
stand for. I think thatís what stuck out with me the most.
It wasnít really a critique but it was just them saying,
ďThank you for being that way, keep being that way,Ē and
that meant the world to me.
J. Ruby: Great. Do you know if youíre going to get to sing
one of your own songs at the American Idol tour?
A. Miller: I donít know but I really, really hope so because
that would be amazing.
J. Ruby: Yeah. I think your originals are really great and
Iím sad to see you go. I thought you were going to make the
top two Iíll just say that.
A. Miller: Thank you.
J. Ruby: Thanks a lot.
Moderator: Next we go to the line of John Lachonis from
J. Lachonis: Hey, Angie; how you doing?
A. Miller: Hi, Iím good; how are you?
J. Lachonis: Great. Great. Iím wondering if you could
describe for us what those first few moments were like back
stage after the results.
A. Miller: I think it was just a feeling of wow okay. This
really happened okay. Iím off the show. This is what it
feels like. You know itís just kind of Ö well, that just
happened, time to just move on and start thinking about the
future. I didnít want to dwell on how sad I was or whatever,
but I think that first initial thought was, ďOkay. I just
got voted off. Whatís next? Whatís the future going to
hold?Ē That was like the first thought.
J. Lachonis: Did you three amongst yourselves have any
predictions or where you just kind of going with the flow as
far as who the final two were going to be?
A. Miller: Oh no we were notówe donít want to get our heads
all wrapped up in who is going to get voted off, blah, blah,
blah. We just relaxed Wednesday night. We were just like
whatever happens, happens. We all love each other no matter
J. Lachonis: Great. Well, thanks and good luck in the future.
A. Miller: Thank you.
Moderator: Our next question is from Bill Pinella with UT San
B. Pinella: Hi, Angie. Letís talk a little bit about the show
first. I presume before you went on you actually watched the
show on television like all of us have.
A. Miller: Yes many years since I was like eight.
B. Pinella: Okay. Combine that now with the perspective you
have of having been on it and with all the talk about the
changes that are coming. Remember this thing that they used
to do, Idol Gives Back, do you think they should bring that
A. Miller: Oh that would be amazing. I remember that. I would
have loved to do that definitely.
B. Pinella: And one final thing this summer tour did you ever
see the summer tour yourself?
A. Miller: Last year, last year is the first year I did, and
thatís like the first time I ever saw Colton Dixon do ĎNever
Goneí and thatís like whatóIím so glad I was able to do that
on the show. Thatís was an amazing thing going to watch the
B. Pinella: Well, good luck and Iím looking forward to seeing
you on the tour.
A. Miller: Thank you so much.
Moderator: Next is Natalie Miller with the Beverly Citizen.
N. Miller: Hey, Angie.
A. Miller: Hi. Hello, Beverly.
N. Miller: Itís nice to talk to you. Thanks for taking the
time. Basically, we were obviously in shock last night, all
of us here. Iím wondering just what your favorite moment was
A. Miller: Favorite moment ever on Idol is still way back in
Hollywood Week when I was able to do my original song ĎYou
Set Me Free.í I feel likeóI mean 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, as a songwriter.
Thatís when everything changed for me and I was just like,
ďWow. Maybe I really do have a chance of making it far in
American Idol.Ē Thatís where it all started.
N. Miller: Iím also just wondering if you have a message for
all of your fans here in Beverly.
A. Miller: Oh my gosh I canít believe that I was there a few
days ago, thatís so crazy, but I mean I just want everybody
at home to know that just thank you. I mean thank you so
much for supporting me and bringing me this far. I still
canít believe Iím a part of the top three, like itís
incredible, and just thank you so much, and I canít wait to
visit home again.
N. Miller: Do you know when you are going to be coming home
or just not until the tour?
A. Miller: I have no idea but I am excited to go to the tour
in Boston. I canít wait for that show.
Moderator: Weíll go to the line of Sarah Rodman with the
S. Rodman: Hi, back again. You mentioned Jessie J and Colton,
and I was curious I know Colton tweeted at you last night. I
was curious if you had corresponded with Jessie at all.
A. Miller: When I did her song ĎWho You Areí on the show she
did tweet me and she said like, ďIím so incredibly proud,Ē
or something like that so that was awesome. But she hasnít
in like the past 24 hours, but I would love to get in touch
with here that would be amazing.
S. Rodman: And I know that you probably canít tell us this,
if itís the case, Iím guessing it isnít and you wouldnít be
able to control yourself, but thereís no chance that you
guys are playing together on the finale next week is there?
A. Miller: I mean I would die if I was able to sing with her.
Like that would just be the most incredible thing ever and I
hope it happens.
Moderator: We will go now to the line of Beth Kwiatkowski
with Reality TV World.
B. Kwiatkowski: A lot of viewers interpreted the judgesí
Wednesday night comments to be that Candice was basically a
shoe in for the finale and Kree and yourself would be kind
of be competing for that other spot. Did you also feel that
way after the show?
A. Miller: Yeah. I mean Candice killed it. She did amazing. I
mean I knew that she was going to be in the finale like
obviously, and so yeah I think it was between me and Kree,
which was terrible because we bothóI mean sheís like my best
friend in the competition so it was just like it just stunk
that we had to beat each other. I really am so proud of them
for making it.
B. Kwiatkowski: Okay. And Jimmy had suggested that you should
have played the piano for your rendition of ĎSorry Seems to
be the Hardest Wordí Wednesday night, and that you could
have had a ďmomentĒ with that if you had. It sounds like you
kind of think that might have affected both coming in for
you. Do you think choosing not to play the piano kind of did
you in, I guess, like maybe you needed that moment to get in
to the finale that Jimmy had described or do you see that
perspective at all?
A. Miller: No I donít think so. I donít think I needed to
play piano for it. I mean he still said that I was the
favorite of that round so I mean itís kind of confusing. He
said I was the favorite of that round, but then he says, ďOh
she should have played piano.Ē I donít know itís kind ofóI
donít think it would have made that much of a difference.
Plus if I played it I just didnít know that song well enough
to play it. I probably would have screwed it up on piano so
I didnít want to play it and be too concerned about piano.
B. Kwiatkowski: Okay. Thank you, Angie.
Moderator: Weíll go now to the line of Mike Hughes with TV
M. Hughes: Angie, Randy uses the phrase a lot of putting a
little church in to the song, you know getting a little
churchy feeling in to it, and he uses it a lot for Candice,
but youíve actually sung more church than anybody I think. I
mean your folks are both pastors. You sung a lot. Is there a
Ö that influenced you that you put church in to your music,
and is it different from the way that Candice puts church in
to her music?
A. Miller: I definitely feel like it because I donít have the
gospel bit power house voice, which is a lot of like, you
know, thatís just I think what lots of times Randy is
talking about when he says, ďChurch.Ē I just donít have
that. I think for me itís moreóitís less the sound. Itís
less the church sound and itís more the meaning. I
definitely have doneóI mean Iíve done Colton Dixon ĎNever
Gone.í Iíve done ĎLove Came Downí by Kari Jobe and those are
worship songs, but theyíre not like in your face like Jesus
songs. Theyíre subtle and thatís what I want to do. I donít
want to shove Jesus down peopleís throats; I just through
actions and through meaning and words being able to show
M. Hughes: Okay. Cool and just one other related thing
because you grew upóyour folks preach in Salem itself and
you live near Salem. How much of the history of that placeóI
mean thereís just such a huge history of religion and
American history and everything else there did that affect
your growing up or are you Ö sometimes by the things that
happened up there?
A. Miller: No not at all. It doesnít affect me at all, and if
anything Iím so proud of where Iíve come from, and I love my
parents. Theyíre the best and theyíre so supportive, and
they just recently started that church, remix church this
past September. Iím so proud to be a pastorís kid and I love
them, and I canít wait to go visit because I havenít been
there in a long time.
K. Taylor: All right. At this point weíre going to wrap up
the conference call for today. Thank you, everyone, for
joining us. As a reminder the American Idol finale airs next
Wednesday and Thursday on FOX and photos can be found on
FOXFlash.com. At this point, Iím going to turn the call back
over to Angie for final remarks.
A. Miller: Thank you all so much, and I really am so blessed
to be a part of the top three. It really blows my mind, and
I canít wait to sing at the finale on that stage, and I
canít wait for the tour and just to see what happens with my
future. I know that this is just a start. Itís a launching
pad, and just thank you to everyone who supported me and
voted for me. It means the world.
Moderator: With that, Iíd like to thank you for your
participation today. We thank you for your participation and
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