Candice Rickelle Glover (born November 22, 1989) is an American singer from St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She was the winner of the 12th season of American Idol. This makes her the first female winner of the show since Jordin Sparks won in 2007. Sh...
Candice Rickelle Glover (born November 22, 1989) is an American singer from St. Helena Island, South Carolina. She was the winner of the 12th season of American Idol. This makes her the first female winner of the show since Jordin Sparks won in 2007. She is also the fourth black Idol winner in history and the only winner to have auditioned three times.
Glover was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, to John and Carole Glover and is the oldest of five siblings. She graduated from Beaufort High School in 2008. Before Idol, Candice was an insecure person who struggled with her weight. In an interview, she said she had to have counseling at school because of her insecurity problems. When Idol ends, Candice says she wants to be a teacher to help girls through what she went through as a young teen. Nicki Minaj broke down in tears after Glover's performance of "Next To Me" by Emeli Sande, saying that Glover is a humble person and she loves that about her. On Twitter, Glover vowed never to wear a dress on Idol, but she eventually wore one during her performance of You've Changed by Billie Holiday. After this, an outbreak of girls began tweeting her saying she was a true inspiration to girls everywhere. Her musical influences include Christina Aguilera, Drake, Adele, Whitney Houston, and her favorite singer, Jazmine Sullivan. In 2011, Sullivan retweeted Glover's YouTube cover of Chasing Pavements by Adele and called it "amazing". Glover performed this song again on the finale of American Idol. Sullivan inspired Glover to make every song her own.
Glover auditioned in Charlotte, North Carolina. She previously auditioned in seasons 9 and 11. However, in Season 9, former judge Simon Cowell said that he could not see Glover being anything more than a lounge singer. She was cut during the final 70 round during season 9. She was eliminated by producers during season 9 when she forgot the lyrics to her song "Chasing Pavements" by Adele. In season 11, she made it to the Las Vegas rounds and was grouped with that season's finalists DeAndre Brackensick and eventual season 11 runner-up Jessica Sanchez, where she was eliminated at the top 40 Las Vegas week. Glover's mother, Carole Glover, didn't want Candice to audition again. She almost gave up but told her parents that she was going to give it one last shot. The first round of auditions was on June 19. Glover went with three friends: Wayne Wilson, Lana Scott, and Laquan Fields. For this round, Glover sang "Syrup & Honey" by Duffy and an uptempo version of "Mercy". Glover and Fields advanced to the next round. However, Fields was eliminated in Round 3, and Glover was the only one out of the four to audition for the judges. For Glover's Season 12 audition, she performed two songs. One of them was her version of "Call Me Maybe" by Carly Rae Jepsen, but only one song was aired. Her audition was in October, but Glover kept it a secret from many people, wanting it to be a surprise.
Glover auditioned in Savannah, Georgia. She sang "Blame It On Me" by Chrisette Michele. She advanced, but her audition didn't air. In round 1, she performed Carena's "Slow Motion". She advanced to Group Rounds. After her Group Round, she advanced to Round 3, where she sang "Someone like You" by Adele. She received a standing ovation from the judges. She was finally shown when she performed It Doesn't Matter Anymore by Buddy Holly with Season 11 finalist DeAndre Brackensick and runner-up Jessica Sanchez.
During her audition in Season 12, Glover sang "Syrup & Honey" by Duffy, where she received a standing ovation. Judge Randy Jackson said that she was the best performer by far in the competition. Season 11 finalist Joshua Ledet was mentioned during Glover's audition for season 12. Mariah Carey called her singing "The best singing we have heard thus far." Glover advanced to Hollywood. In an interview, she said, "I thought they were going to get sick of seeing my face." For the first round in Hollywood, she sang "Impossible" by Christina Aguilera. She advanced to Round 2, where she performed "Hit Em Up Style" with Kamaria Ousley, Denise Jackson, and Melinda Ademi. This was named the best group the judges had seen all day. Round 3, she put a jazzy twist on Alicia Keys's "Girl On Fire". It was later announced that Glover was one of the top 20 girls of Season 12, she advanced to Las Vegas. In Vegas, she performed "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. In the semi-finals of the twelfth season, Glover performed "Ordinary People" by John Legend. On March 7, 2013, she was voted into the Top 10. Her Top 10 performance of "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Ben E. King earned her enough votes to land among the night’s top three contestants, along with Kree Harrison and Angie Miller. After her Top 6 performances, Glover earned enough votes to land in the night's top two contestants, along with Kree Harrison. She covered "Lovesong" by The Cure and broke down in tears after receiving a standing ovation. Jackson commented that it was not only one of the best American Idol performances in its history, but very well may be the one of the best performances ever on any talent show. For the very first time, after her Top 4 performance, she landed in the bottom two. On May 9, it was revealed that Glover and Kree Harrison were the top 2 and would compete for the title. On May 16, Glover officially won the 12th season of American Idol. On the day of her victory, her debut single 'I Am Beautiful' was released to music store outlets.