So if you were following American Idol this season, you know that Queen Angie Miller was wrongfully eliminated just before the finale, leaving the talented but yawn-inducing Candice Glover and Kree Harrison to limp towards the finish line. Naturally, I was enraged, but HEY – the best person doesn’t always win these competitions and I can accept that. What I cannot accept, however, is shady behind-the-scenes bull—-. And I think the American Idol producers have some explaining to do.
Angie may not have been competing in the finale, but she still got her fair share of screen time, including an awesome duet with British pop star Jessie J (I’ve never used the word “awesome” to describe Jessie J before, but I really enjoyed the performance so I’m just going to go with it). Afterwards, Ryan Seacrest announced that Angie’s original song, “You Set Me Free,” which she so brilliantly performed during auditions, would be available for download on iTunes after the show. Huh. So, even though this would put Angie’s single in direct competition with the winner’s single, they were still going to let her release it. Seemed a bit odd, but I was so excited for Angie, I didn’t think much of it. But as soon as the show drew to a close and Candice was crowned the winner and cruelly forced to ugly-cry her way through her mediocre new single, “I Am Beautiful,” the American Idol producers’ true intentions were revealed.
First, “You Set Me Free” was listed on iTunes under Angie Miler, with one L. It could have been an honest mistake (in which case, iTunes, punish yourself), but it sure did make her single hard to find after the show. Eventually, the misspelling was corrected, but then something even stranger happened: “You Set Me Free” wasn’t visible on the iTunes charts. Fans quickly caught on to this problem and started tweeting Angie (who ironically just tweeted that she was hoping to wake up and see the song in the top 100), but she didn’t know what was going on either. Eventually, Angie revealed that “You Set Me Free,” for reasons unexplained, would not be eligible to chart on iTunes period. Hmm, could it be that the American Idol producers were afraid of Angie outshining their new winner and runner-up? It certainly seems that way. And I guess they were right to worry, because if you look at the numbers, it’s pretty clear whose single is resonating with the general public.
I’m so glad that we got to hear the full version of “You Set Me Free” – it’s a fantastic song, miles better than Candice’s paint-by-numbers inspirational ballad, but the American Idol producers should be ashamed of themselves for pulling this ridiculous stunt and for not being forthright with Angie. It just makes them (and the show) look petty, sneaky, and insecure. It’s OK, though – with her girl-next-door good looks and beautiful voice, I have a feeling Angie will have the last laugh.
Stream “You Set Me Free” via YouTube below and support Angie by downloading the song on iTunes!