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Miller makes it to top four on 'Idol', Arthur goes home

Posted by Emily Wright  April 18, 2013 09:05 PM

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Beverly's Angie Miller earned enough votes to advance to the top four on "American Idol," but her competitor Janelle Arthur wasn't so lucky. The 23-year-old Tennessee native was sent home without the judges' save.

Miller impressed the judges on Wednesday night with a pair of performances. First, a touching dedication of "I'll Stand By You" to the people affected by the Boston Marathon bombings, followed by a powerful rendition of Beyonce's "Halo." The judges praised her vocal ability and Nicki Minaj called her version of "Halo" a 10 out of 10 before the results were revealed.

Arthur performed Vince Gill's "When I Call Your Name" (above) and Dolly Parton's "Dumb Blonde" on Wednesday. She had the opportunity to sing one last time and potentially earn the judges save on Thursday, but her rendition of "Keep Me Hangin' On" wasn't enough to go through. Randy Jackson told the crowd that the judges were locked in their decision: two for her staying, two against her staying.

The results show also featured performances from former "American Idol" hopefuls, season 2 runner up Clay Aiken, and season 3 winner Fantasia. Fantasia debuted her newest single, "Lose to Win," and brought all four judges to their feet.

Former "Idol" judge Paula Abdul made a surprise appearance to praise contestant Candice Glover, who sang Abdul's hit "Straight Up" during the diva portion of the performance rounds this week.

Do you think the right person went home? Should the judges have used their save? Let us know in the comments.

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