Paige Miles Speaks With Reporters – Satellite Conference Call

Eliminated American Idol contestant, Paige Miles spent a lot of time discussing the difficulty of choosing a song when spoke with reporters today during the American Idol conference call.  Also, it turns out she had been experiencing vocal problems for 3 weeks prior to elimination–an unfortunate situation that influenced her song choices (and not in  good way).  Paige was really hurt that she wasn’t given the opportunity to sing for her life. Hearing her talk about it made me re-think my belief that eliminating her upfront was the kind thing to do.

See also: Entertainment Weekly’s interview with Paige HERE.

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What was she feeling the day she got eliminated? Was she expecting it? “I knew I had a poor performance Tuesday night, but I really didn’t think it was my time to go yet. I was surprised.”

On being told she wouldn’t be saved before she had a chance to sing—did it hurt? “Yes, it did. I initially thought the save was something that, even if they’re not going to use it, you get the opportunity to at least sing for it, and then they make their decision. But for the statement to be made before I open my mouth—I was pretty bummed.”

How much power over the voting audience does Paige believe the judges have? “The judges obviously have a certain amount of power over the voting public, but it also comes down to the performer delivering a good, solid performance. Tuesday night definitely wasn’t my best and they ripped me for it. It can go both ways. Sometimes they’ll back up the person the judges ripped apart if they feel that person really delivered, but you never really know how America is going to vote.”

Did the contestants ever discuss how to please the judges? “The best thing to do, really, is to just do yourself, and do what makes you most comfortable. Because, you know the judges can give mixed messages.”

When did her laryngitis begin? How has it been? “It was bad last night, it wasn’t as bad as it is now. Of course, I’ve been struggling with laryngitis for over 3 weeks now. I have swollen vocal chords, and there’s a lot of inflammation, and with this singing and rehearsing this much as we do, I had very little time for it to heal. It would get a little bit better, I would sing again and it would get worse again. It’s tough when you’re in a singing competition and you haven’t a voice so, that was a bummer. That affected my song choices because I would stay away from what I would typically do like big belty tunes like “Alright Now”, which I love and am super-comfortable at. I would shy away and try to do something smaller in efforts to not overtax my cords or do something where I could possibly damage them.”

How did she get through last night with laryngitis? “I got it together and just let it rip.”

Were the judges and the media too harsh on everybody this season? “Some of the things they say I agree with and totally understand where they are coming from, but in some ways, the context of it can be a little hurtful. Sometimes we think they could rephrase it or say it in a better way , cause it does come across as pretty harsh.”

Did she know that “Against All Odds” has been done many times on Idol? “Actually I hadn’t realized how many times it had been done. I was in rehearsals last week and was just trying to find a slower song that I wouldn’t have to stress vocally too much over, because my vocal cords were pretty much trashed I didn’t want to do anything too uptempo and crazy, just trying to take care of my vocal cords if I were to keep going. I probably should have just did something I was super-comfortable with like “Alright Now” and just gone for it. You live and you learn. But, I was trying to make a decision for me and my health.”

What’s the process that goes into the song choice? “It’s actually quite difficult. The judges make it sound more easy than it really is. It has to meet certain criteria and we have to choose, and we can’t usually do the same artist. It’s way more difficult than people realize. It’s tough.”

Do the judges help? “No they don’t. I wish they knew more about the process that we go through to pick a song.”

What did she mean when she told Ryan that she “got lost in the song?” “Vocally, when I’m not 100 percent with my vocals, it was tough to find my way around it, trying to be in a range where I’m usually not comfortable because my total range wasn’t there. Just finding my place in the song, finding the meat in the song where I could really sink my teeth into it. I could never really grasp it. Even in rehearsals, I was never really able to grab it—in large part…dealing with the laryngitis, which is tough.”

What are the criteria involved when you are trying to choose songs? “A lot goes into it. We have to think about what the audience and fans will like, making sure you are going to do what the judges are looking for you to do. That I think always is very very tough and sometimes not work. And trying to be true to yourself as an artist and finding someone else’s material to make your own, and hopefully not get compared to them. That’s something you always run the risk of. “That’s great, but the original did it better.” (laugh). Usually it’s not like we’re trying to outdo the original. We’re just trying to showcase ourselves, and show what we’ve got . It’s tough making a decision with a song. Sometimes you do a good job, and sometimes it doesn’t work.”

Would it be helpful, especially in the early rounds, if the judges actually suggested a song? “I think that would be a cool little twist to the process of picking songs. That is a really hard process and a really hard part of the show. That’s kinda where we get nailed at, more than anything.”

On Kara going nuts during her final performance, “They were all kind of going nuts at the table. They were bummed that I was going–I don’t know if it was that, because they didn’t have the option to save. They exercised their decision before I even performed. They thought it was a fantastic performance, they thought I did a great job, but that was a little too late.”

Did she think her lack of screen time hurt her, “Early on, a lot of the kids were able to build a fan base, as I wasn’t able to, but what you do up there on the stage really sets the tone. If I would have delivered the way I know I could have, maybe I would still be around. Yes and No.

What was her favorite part about being on American Idol? “Being able to perform on a stage and sing. That’s what I love to do. I would have done it in a jeans and t shirt or a pretty white dress. I just love to sing.”

Who was she close to? “Katie, Lacey and Siobhan”

On Simon telling her Top 24 week that she had the best vocals of the girls, “I thought it was a pretty awesome comment. I was happy he said it. A lot of people didn’t know anything about me, they hadn’t heard me at all, not in the city, not in the Hollywood rounds. It was nice to hear him say that.”

What she planned to sing next week,
It was a tossup between ‘Don’t Leave me This Way’ and ‘I Can’t Stand the Rain.’”

On Miley Cyrus as Idol Mentor: “I feel Miley did a great job, actually. She’s got tons of experience in the business as far as touring, making albums, doing things that a lot of us in the competition are trying to do. In that aspect, she was a pretty good pick for that. I’m 24, so I’m older than her, but talking with her, her age didn’t come across at all. I was just speaking to her as someone who has experience, doing exactly what I would like to do. She was great.”

How much time did she get to spend with Miley Cyrus when she was mentoring? “I’m not really sure. We got to run our songs with her, and talk to her about it. I’m not sure of the exact amount of time, because we all met as a group first, and talked and then had separate rehearsals. We dedicated a morning to it.”

Are the producers doing anything to prevent people from getting sick? “They’re doing as much as they can. It’s just exhaustion met with any kind of sickness just makes it that much harder to fight off and keep away.”

What kind of artist is she? “I know who I am as an artist. I know what I like to sing. My problem finding the material that I felt fit best, and that I could also work with the laryngitis. As an artist, I like rock/pop soul. I like to rock out with a lot of soul/ R&B twists to it. I like uptempo music . When my health started failing me, I started trying to take it slower. That really didn’t work for me.”

Should she have pushed harder? “Yeah, but I was concerned, as well as the doctor, of doing some permanent damage, because the inflammation on my vocal cords was so enormous. There was a possibility of doing permanent damage. I really did have to kinda take it easy. Unfortunately it was just really really bad timing, awful timing. I wish I could have done more to show the way I ended last night, to have performances like that week to week. Song choice, all of that plays a big part into it.

Will she go back to Houston to teach? “The Pre-school is every day. The afterschool is after the kids get done with school from 2:30 to 6:30 with elementary aged kids. I love working with kids. I’ve worked with kids for years. I won’t be going back to it right away. I want to continue trying to pursue my dreams.”

Did her kids vote for her? “I have very little time to communicate with anybody, it’s hard for me to communicate with my family. But, I would get emails, they would send me cards that they made, and packages , bags and treats and things like that, and little inspirational pictures that they colored, and coloring books. I know they supported me 100%.”

On her love of coloring in coloring books, “We would do it in class and it was kind of a way to calm down the room. Idol is very high stress, a lot of tension and anxiety. People usually can’t find a way to get the nerves down, so you just open up a coloring book and start coloring, and you end up being focused on what you’re doing. It’s just a way to relax. Some people do yoga, some people meditate—I just like to whip out a box of crayons and color. It’s cheesy, I know (laughs). I can’t draw to save my life, so I can color, I can stay in the lines.”

Which artists does she admire? “What makes an artist great and individual is kind of molded itself, and formed its own shape, which makes them stand out. I really admire Christina Aguilera. She’s a beautiful woman and she has an amazing voice. She’s followed her own drum, which I also really like. She doesn’t put out an album every year. She takes her time and she makes artwork out of her albums. I really admire that about her.”

What are her plans going forward, “I would definitely like to continue pursuing music, to consider following my dreams and see what happens. Idol is a big learning experience and is a major platform. I would just like to continue growing and learning as an artist, and see where it takes me.”

What’s next for Paige? “To continue moving forward with my singing—I love to perform. This is obviously something I want to make a career out of, so definitely to just continue to move forward and possibly move out here to LA.”

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23 Comments

  1. “I knew I had a poor performance Tuesday night, but I really didn’t think it was my time to go yet. I was surprised.”

    Wow, that ‘Idol bubble’ is clearly bullet-proof. Poor girl is completely clueless. . . or deluded . . . or both!

  2. I loved her. She’s so pretty with a great voice. And Tim should be gone not this lovely girl. Just my opinion.

  3. She forgot the excuse she gave after “Smile” that she didn’t sing well b/c she was still upset about MJ dying.;)

    Paige is a cute girl and all, but it seems that she just didn’t have what it takes for the rigors of such a competition.

  4. It’s so sad that she had such pervasive health issues during the run of the show. I briefly had laryngitis last month and couldn’t rehearse for two weeks – and that was on pretty complete vocal rest. I can’t imagine going through that and having to sing every day.

  5. When did her laryngitis begin? How has it been? “It was bad last night, it wasn’t as bad as it is now. Of course, I’ve been struggling with laryngitis for over 3 weeks now.

    How did she get through last night with laryngitis? “I got it together and just let it rip.”

    On Kara going nuts during her final performance, “They were all kind of going nuts at the table. They were bummed that I was going–I don’t know if it was that, because they didn’t have the option to save. They exercised their decision before I even performed. They thought it was a fantastic performance, they thought I did a great job, but that was a little too late.”

    First of all, Paige’s sing out was the absolute best she’s performed on the show. Clearly, her laryngitis has nothing to do with it. Once she was freed from the show, voila, she could sing. What’s that tell you? Maybe it was nerves, maybe she just couldn’t handle the whole scene, maybe it was fear of failure, maybe she didn’t believe she deserved it, maybe she just didn’t want it. Whatever it was, that she didn’t make it past eleven is all down to her. Not the show, not the voters, her. Own it, Paige. Thank God the judges told her up front that she wouldn’t be saved. We got to hear her sing well for a change. THat’s the way to go out. One reviewer routinely joked that she was desperate to be off the show and voters should please put her out of her misery. If not the truth, close to it. Not everybody is cut out for show business and some aren’t until they are older. It’s okay. No shame in that.

  6. “Against All Odds” clearly did her in. I would’ve liked to see her outlast some of the others *cough*Aaron/Tim/Katie*cough*, but based on Tuesday, she really deserved to go. She intrigued me though, and brought some variety to this bland group.

  7. I don’t like it when the contestants say it was tough making song choices. First of all, if you can sing, you can sing the phone book and “make it work,” as Tim Gunn would say. One Bad Apple don’t spoil the whole bunch… (and even the Osmond Brothers could make that awful song sounds good!)

    If you know you’re auditioning for the show, why WOULDN’T you be preparing and thinking about songs you might want on your performance list? Even if you walked into the auditions the day you heard of them, start planning THEN should you get a go-ahead. AI’s themes have basically been the same since they implemented themes.

    And I’m sorry: I get laryngitis but I AM NOT training to be a singer. Professional singers know how to work and protect their voice. They go out night after night on tour, perform for hours, and.. surprise! Their voice is there the very next show. Broadway artists get out night after night, sometimes two shows per day, and they don’t get the benefit of the oversinging excuse.

    Not trying to be harsh but like someone said above: she sounds like she had a lot of excuses and never took responsibility for her own weaknesses and failings.

  8. Too bad. I liked everything about Paige except the fact that she couldn’t sing in tune.

  9. I liked everything about Paige except the fact that she couldn’t sing in tune.

    Yah, that. I can’t fathom that these contestants can not tell if they are off key. It’s pretty basic, and until a singer is consistently in tune, they should not be on a stage. Sheesh, if I am off, I apologize to the neighbors. Wah…wah…wahhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

    I also wish all singers would stop calling themselves “artists.” Most are not; Paige is not.

  10. I think Paige gave a very good interview. I would have liked to see her make the tour.

    It’s easy to say that ‘professional singers’ do it every night so she should be able to also. Professional singers usually have the benefit of vocal training and coaches to learn how to protect their voices. Many, if not most, go on complete vocal rest between performances, not even granting interviews.

    These kids are on a rigorous schedule that isn’t all about singing. There is little time for physical rest, let alone vocal. It takes its toll on them. There is a huge risk of doing permanent damage. Yes, many get through it, but that does not diminish those who may be slightly more fragile or with less professional training or experience.

    On song choice, she gave a lot of good information. Much we have heard from past contestants and from Michael Orland and Rickey Minor. It’s easy to say someone should have sung ‘xyz’ but they are given a very limited list of up to 50 songs that they can choose from. It’s not unusual for 3 people to choose the same song and also choose the same backup song, They get put into a hat and it’s the luck of the draw, We get songs that have been done to death on the show because those are the songs that are on the list.

    The judges SHOULD be aware of the process so they don’t make these idiotic statements when judging. Of this panel, I think Ellen is the only one who is even remotely aware and that’s due to her status as a fan and someone who has interviewed castoffs over the years.

  11. She was picking songs based on her health and that is unfortunate.
    That would also explain the judges were so disappointed, knowing she had the vocal skills and she had the ability to do a good job.

    It is sad that she got sick at one of the worst times in the competition. It is true that some of them have little exposure before the semifinals. And when that happens, a contestant has to really bring it twice as much.

  12. I did like how she handled the exit Wednesday. She was calm, smiled, she did not cry. And her exit song was excellent. She was hitting the notes and it shows the girl can sing.

  13. I only went to one tour concernt and that was because of Kradison.

    But my niece has gone every year and this year, she is considering not going. And she was hoping, like some, that there would be an equal number of girls and guys to make it interesting. As this year, the girls overall seem more talented and interesting that most of the guys.

  14. But my niece has gone every year and this year, she is considering not going. And she was hoping, like some, that there would be an equal number of girls and guys to make it interesting. As this year, the girls overall seem more talented and interesting that most of the guys.

    And yet … and yet … Now we’ve got a tour with four women and six men. Love that hormonal voting.

  15. First of all, Paige’s sing out was the absolute best she’s performed on the show. Clearly, her laryngitis has nothing to do with it. Once she was freed from the show, voila, she could sing. What’s that tell you?

    She is not saying with her laryngitis she couldn’t sang them songs, But she didn’t want to sing them because it could have did permanent damage to her vocal cords. So she choose ballads without alot of riffs and runs so it wouldnt hurt her vocal cords. I believe she could have sung some upbeat songs and nailed it, But she wasn’t going to do it because she didn’t want to damage her voice further. She was looking out for her health which I don’t think is a bad thing.

  16. I really liked Page and was hoping she’d do well because she did seem to have a really great voice. But it’s hard to tell how much of what Paige has said is truth and how much is just her making excuses for nerves or confidence issues or whatever. Because the one week she complained about having laryngitis before even performing she wound up doing quite well. Especially when she says things like she’s had laryngitis for 3 weeks so she knew she didn’t think sound great but didn’t think it was her time to go. In any case, hopefully going forward she is able to show people what she can do and carve out a career for herself :)

  17. I too was one who hoped Paige would pull it together, but after her interviews, I have lost some respect for her. I dislike people who feel they must make excuses for themselves and feel they were not given a chance. You have to make it happen you can’t wait around and put the world on hold until you are better. Look at her last song. Not great but certainly very much better than the songs she has been performing. Why hold back for the save? It seems she really thought that the judges would pull her a$$ out of the fire and send Tim home instead???

  18. Well most of the contestants who don’t win idol have one excuse or another and they are asked why they think they got voted off. It is better that Paige still has confidence in herself and feels she could have done better if she wasn’t sick. She not only had laryngitis, but also has asthma which is a chronic health condition that makes you more suspectible to getting sick. I have asthma and when it is acting up I can sometimes barely talk let alone sing. I don’t think she could have won at all,but feel she could have done better if she wasn’t sick.

  19. iluvai:
    03/25/2010 at 11:52 pm

    I loved her. She’s so pretty with a great voice. And Tim should be gone not this lovely girl. Just my opinion.

    I like her too but she’s been limping along with a badly swollen vocal chord for nearly a month, you can hear it in her interviews, this early in the competition, the odds of her being able to survive the rigors of the Idol Tour are almost nil. I think this dismissal is more like a medical discharge by TPTB. Honestly, I think the producers cast her ( I firmly believe this show is cast from start to the coronation of the winner) with the full intent of her being on the tour. Tim, who was and remains fodder, ends up with a serendipitous summer job out of the deal.

  20. I’m really sorry about how it worked out for Paige. In the semi-finals when she did “Alright Now”, I really liked her. I liked her voice and I liked her spirit, she was one of the very very few in this batch who ever seemed to actually be enjoying performing. That went away with her, I don’t know how much of that was due to health issues and how much was due to the stress of the competition. I hope she will be successful in building a music career, I really would like to hear her sing again.

  21. I think a severe case of laryngitis is a valid excuse for Paige to use. I don’t really see her whining and complaining about what happened, it’s just the card that she was dealt. As she mentioned, she was clearly holding back with her voice because she feared doing permanent damage to her vocal chords. Obviously that negatively affected her performances. It’s easy for us to sit back and say “Suck it up, Paige”, but if she’s trying to pursue a future career in music she was probably better off playing it safe and hoping for the best. Unfortunately it didn’t work out for her on Idol, but at least now she can rest her vocal chords and keep pursuing her dream down the road. It’s a shame that she got sick at such an important time in the competition and missed the tour. I think she would have been great opening the tour show, but now Tim will likely have that honor.

    I think with her singout on Wednesday, she decided to just go for it so she could go out on a high note in her final performance on the big Idol stage. Big difference when you know your voice will not have to go through the rigors of performing on Idol for another week.

  22. I believe she could have sung some upbeat songs and nailed it, But she wasn’t going to do it because she didn’t want to damage her voice further. She was looking out for her health which I don’t think is a bad thing.

    You’re probably right, but she had to make some choices. If all she is saying is true, she was pretty much stuck between a rock and hard place and she either had the gumption to figure out what to do from there, or not. Which, I guess she didn’t. Someone had to go home and I think she was the right choice at this point. It’s just too bad.

    I do find it interesting that she was hurt about not doing the singing to be saved. It’s always hard to tell what’s going through everyone’s mind.

  23. She not only had laryngitis, but also has asthma which is a chronic health condition that makes you more suspectible to getting sick

    This is the same problem George Huff encountered for several weeks during Season 3. I felt we got cheated of some wonderful performances. However, he was lucky to be on the tour.

    Both Lacey and Paige will probably be put on a Christmas tour or a Mall opening. There is usually some work for those just missing the tour. Maybe even interviewing for auditions this summer? I wish her the best.

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