American Idol blog: ‘Paige is back’; Laryngitis doesn’t stop Naples native from hitting big notes

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— Laryngitis kept Paige Miles from rehearsing in the days leading up to her Tuesday performance on “American Idol.”

But it didn’t stop her from hitting big notes that impressed the popular singing show’s judges.

“For someone who was struggling you really hit some big notes,” judge Kara DioGuardi said. “The Paige we fell in love with, who’s working the stage, who knows herself, the young Paige is back.”

Miles, a 2004 graduate of Community School of Naples, has faced sharp criticism from the judges in the past few weeks for her choice of songs.

This week she sang a slightly altered version of “Honky Tonk Women” changing it to “Honky Tonk Woman.”

Judge Simon Cowell wasn’t convinced that this song was much better than previous choices. But he was impressed with her performance, especially given her vocal limitations.

“Taking that into account you did great,” he said. “I still think you are better than that. You still haven’t quite connected. It was a very old fashioned performance.”

Miles and the 11 other “Idol” contestants will learn their fates today when the show unveils the first finalist to be eliminated at 9 p.m. on Fox.

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