Simon Apologizes to Chicago "Idol" Contestant

Judge says Angela Martin should have made Top 24

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    NEWSLETTERS

    American Idol
    Angela Martin went home disappointed -- again.

    Too little too late?

    Chicago's Angela Martin can't seem to catch a break when it comes to "American Idol."

    The 28-year-old singer failed to make the Top 24 on the show this season, but the toughest judge of the lot, Simon Cowell, appears to be regretting that decision, apologizing to Martin through Extra.

    "Angela, I apologize. I genuinely do, because I think you should have been in the top 24."
    Consider it the latest bump in the road for Martin, whose personal problems have been well-documented.

    Martin's mother was reported missing on Christmas Day and has not been found, despite a recent sighting in Englewood.

    In 2007, Martin made it to Hollywood on "Idol," but was cut in the second round soon after learning that her father was murdered.

    In 2008, she made it to the top 50 but had to leave the competition to address a legal matter back home. She also has a 10-year-old daughter who suffers from Rett Syndrome, a developmental disorder.

    Even though you won't be seeing Martin on TV anytime soon, you can catch her performing locally. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Martin performs at The Joynt on Sundays, every other Monday at Checkerboard Lounge and Tuesdays at A Touch of the Past.