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The tears may have been flowing on stage, but tonight’s eliminated American Idol contestant kept a brave face after the show.

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“I did feel kind of confident that I was going to make it into the finale, I’m not going to lie,” Angie Miller said, after learning that she was last contestant to be eliminated before American Idol’s season 12 finals. The 18-year-old Massachusetts native got a bit emotional during her final song, but was joined onstage by her family for support. And what heartfelt words did they offer her up there in front of millions? “My brother goes, ‘well, I guess I’m not shaving till you win a Grammy’,” Miller said with a laugh.

“I’m not disappointed. I know this is only the start,” Miller said. “It was a little shocking, but it was a good kind of shocking. It’s bitter and sweet.”

The judges were all supportive too. “They all pretty much said ‘girl this is not over, you’re still going to do incredible things.’ So, coming from them that means everything,” Miller said. She added that Randy Jackson had “always been so kind to me.” In light of the recent news that Jackson would be leaving the show after serving as a judge for 12 seasons, Miller said, “I’ll be different without him.” She added: “Randy’s always brought a lot.”

She hopes to keep in touch with all of the judges, but said, “I’m excited to start the future. I know I want to make albums, I want to be on TV shows acting and singing and everything. I’m excited to see the offers that are going to come because I just can’t wait to start planning my future and singing more original songs.”

Miller, like many of the Idol contestants, is nothing but grateful for the experience. “I’ve learned so much on this show,” she said. But her most defining moment was singing her original song “You Set Me Free” on the show. “Being able to have this platform on this show and being able to sing my song in front of that many people. That really was the launch. That was the start. That’s when everything changed for me. That song and that moment will be able to carry me on for the future,” Miller said.

Miller doesn’t want to dwell on the past and is already looking forward to seeing Candice Glover and Kree Harrison perform next week on the finale. “Candice and Kree are going to kill it. I can’t wait to watch them and their songs and their singles,” she said. “It’s just going to be incredible.”

Perhaps there’s a silver lining to coming in third place, though. “No matter what, I’ll be able to sing on stage!” Miller said. “It’s going to be cool singing this coming Thursday and not be judged.”

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