Angie Miller

Powerhouse voices crush male domination of "Idol"

This is the time when Fox seizes the TV spotlight. My previous blog looked at the network's fall plans, including news for fans of "24," TV comedies, "American Idol" and the "Fringe" producers. The one before that viewed Angie Miller, a strong talent who finished third on "Idol."

Now let's go to the big one -- the "Idol" finale on Wednesday and Thursday (May 15-16). Here's the story I sent to papers:


Angie Miller: Family permanence is tattooed

We've heard that the family that prays
together stays together, but here's one step further:

Angie Miller, just departed from
“American Idol,” has a praying family that tattooed together. “My
whole family surprised me and they all got tattooed …. It's so
permanent,” Miller said.

That involved the slogan (“Dream
Big”) that she'd already had as her own tattoo.

A cake walk with "American Idol"

Over the years, I've gone to various outdoor potlucks, the sort where a picnic table is covered by anythng from desserts to indefinable goulashes.

The weather has been usually good, occasionally not, but there's been one constant: I'm never seen people leave a cake out in the rain. If they did, they would simply bake another. Even before the Internet age, cake recipes never disappeared; they existed in little file-card cabinets and in recipes and in grandmas' minds.

'Tis not the season to be Jolley

What did we learn from "American Idol" tonight?:

1) Lazaro Arbos will keep surviving, no matter what. He was clearly the worst singer Wednesday, but didn't even get plunked into the bottom three.

2) Our sympathy may be misdirected. Lazaro told viewers he had just received the song the night before ... making us think it was the night before the show. Alas, it was the night before a rehearsal -- four days before the show.

"Idol" men move to the back of the line

It looks like the five-year male domination of "American Idol" is finally over. On Wednesday, Randy Jackson proclaimed that the women were thoroughly outdoing the men; then the voters agreed.

The result? On Thursday, three women -- Candice Glover, Angie Miller and Kree Harrison, not necessarily in that order -- were the top votegetters; four men -- Paul Jolley, Burnell Taylor, Devin Velez and Curtis Finch -- were the bottom.

"Idol": A night of beyond-Nicki strangeness

What an odd night it was Wednesday on "American Idol."

-- Janelle Arthur, who should have sung Carrie Underwood, didn't. Devin Velez, who shouldn't have, did.

-- Curtis Finch, told not to go retro, showed up in a jacket someone probably abandoned in the Holiday Inn lounge in 1977. Lazaro Arbos showed up in one from Las Vegas' Rat Pack era.

-- And Nicki Minaj kept giving fashion appraisals, while wearing what appeared to be the sacrificial robe of a shamed monk.