Idol's Angie Miller on Risky Song Choices, 'Theatrical' Criticisms and That Duet With Lazaro! Plus: How She Wrote 'You Set Me Free'

Angie Miller may have put college on hold to audition for American Idol, but she definitely put her brain to work mapping out a Season 12 trajectory that took her all the way to a third-place finish.

Angie stopped by TVLine HQ to talk about how she chose lesser-known numbers like “Never Gone” and “Love Came Down,” why she disagreed with the judges when they used “beauty pageant” and “Disney princess” to describe her, and how she’s hoping to infuse her pop-music sound with elements of “edgy” rock and influences from her deeply held Christian beliefs. (Hint: You won’t hear Angie singing “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” she notes, but you’ll always know where her heart is.)

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Also on the agenda in this two-part interview: Why Angie never sang her self-penned “You Set Me Free” on a live performance show (and the inside story on how the song came to life); what went wrong with her arrangement of “Someone to Watch Over Me”; and behind-the-scenes scoop on her finale duets with Adam Lambert and Jessie J.

So press play below on Parts 1 and 2 of Angie’s interview — embedded below — then hit the comments with your thoughts on Angie’s music-biz future and her Season 12 run! And for all my Idol-related news, interviews and commentary — including upcoming interviews with Kree Harrison and Candice Glover — follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!