Paige Miles sounded so hoarse during her conference call with reporters today that at points I wanted the interview to end early.
"It was bad last night. It wasn't as bad as it is now," Paige said, describing her voice. She said she's been struggling with her health for over three weeks and had problems including swollen vocal cords.
She admitted Tuesday's performance of "Against All Odds" wasn't her best. But she added, "I really didn't think it was my time to go yet." She also said Miley Cyrus did a great job mentoring.
She said she knows who she is as an artist, but struggled with song choice largely because of her laryngitis. She opted for ballads over faster tunes to save her voice. Doctors said she risked permanently damaging her voice if she wasn't careful, Paige maintained.
"It's tough when you're in a singing competition and you have no voice," she said. She got along especially well with "Idol" contestants Katie Stevens, Lacey Brown and Siobhan Magnus.
Paige said she didn't realize how many times "Against All Odds" had been performed on "Idol."
She was upset about the way the judges told her she wouldn't be saved Wednesday. Before she sang her sendoff song, judge Simon Cowell said the panel had already unanimously decided not to save Paige.
"For the statement to be made before I even opened my mouth...I was pretty bummed," Paige said.
When an interviewer asked about this week's theme switch from Teen Idols to Billboard Hits, the conference call moderator intervened and said, "Paige doesn't know the answer to that."
For the R&B/soul theme next week, Paige said she wanted to sing either Thelma Houston's "Don't Leave Me This Way" or "I Can't Stand the Rain" by Tina Turner.