Candice Glover wins ‘American Idol’


Candice Glover performs on stage after she was announced the winner at the “American Idol” finale at the Nokia Theatre at L.A. Live on Thursday, May 16, 2013, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision/AP)

LOS ANGELES  — Candice Glover was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison.

The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested the soulful 22-year-old country singer Harrison from Woodville, Texas.

“Three times,” exclaimed a weepy Glover, referencing the trio of times it took before she made it to the finals of the Fox singing competition.

After her coronation, an emotional Glover sobbed her way through her new single “I Am Beautiful.”

Thursday’s finale also served as a farewell for Randy Jackson, the show’s lone remaining original judge who announced last week that he’s leaving “Idol” to focus on his record label and other business opportunities. The other judges are hip-hop diva Nicki Minaj, pop royalty Mariah Carey and country star Keith Urban.

Jackson has served as a judge on all 12 seasons of “Idol.” He first appeared on the panel alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the competition debuted in 2002, becoming famous for his easygoing “yo, dawg” rapport with contestants.

“I love everybody that walked on this show,” Jackson said. He added, “Hopefully, I touched their lives a little bit. They certainly touched mine.”

Grammy- and Oscar-winning former “Idol” finalist Jennifer Hudson returned for Thursday’s finale to duet with Glover on Natalie Cole’s “Inseparable.”

Hudson was among the guest stars who helped fill out the two-hour finale show, including Psy, Frankie Valli, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Aretha Franklin and former “Idol” judge Jennifer Lopez. Current “Idol” judges Urban, Carey — along with Jackson on bass — also performed.

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  • hustlergalore

    i like candice glover since last season. it was really surprising not to see her advance at that time. but this current season is setup for a girl to win, really!

    • JanofVA

      Yup, they made sure a girl won and that was one of the big reasons why their ratings suffered. Everyone knows that young girls and middle aged women are Idol’s biggest audience and not having a cute boy or what they call a white guy with guitar there made their ratings suffer.

  • Mux

    There used to be a time when the article for the American Idol winner generated over a hundred comments. Now, I am only the 2nd one to comment. That can only mean that Idol really has lost its popularity.

    • JanofVA

      I know sad…I hate to be prejudice but both finalist were both a little on the heavy side and not all that attractive….and you know how it is, the entertainment industry is only half talent..the other half is looks or charisma which I don’t think both contestant had.

  • Jimmy Mackey

    It was nice to see Jennifer Hudson on Idol again, and singing next to another amazing singer like Candice Glover. I think it is a huge compliment people compared Candice to Jennifer. I’m so proud of Candice though and I really enjoyed hearing her sing again in the results show, which I recorded with my DISH Hopper. My friends at my DISH office are coming over to watch some highlights of the last handful of episodes, which is easy to do since my Hopper DVR stores over 2,000 hours of programming. I save a lot of TV and movies so I save money over buying DVDs and some shows like American Idol aren’t even out on DVD.

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