Chris Daughtry

'American Idol,' can Twitter popularity predict the winner?

'American Idol,' can Twitter popularity predict the winner?

Angie Miller and her steely-eyed focus transmitted into the homes of 10-plus million American Idol viewers won her 50,000 followers in the Twitterverse the week of the show's Top 10 reveal -- nearly 18,000 more social media fans than her next highest competitor.

More than two months later, the 18-year-old  Beverly, Mass., native tripled her followers, effectively blowing away the other wannabes on the cyberspace portal. Why then didn't the magic of the 140-character phenomenon carry her into Thursday's finale?

Angie has been a judges' favorite from the start with her superstar piano skill, Hollywood looks and powerhouse vocals, and it seemed like she'd surely be...