American Idol has crowned a new winner — and it’s Candice Glover!
After months of grueling performances, the St. Helena Island native has beat out thousands of hopefuls to land in the top spot. She was also the first female to nab the big prize in six seasons!
In a night that was filled with a ton of star performances — Jennifer Lopez and judge Mariah Carey just to name a couple! — it all came down between Candice and Kree Harrison.
Ryan Seacrest did what he does best: he left the crowd and audience in anticipation as he took his time to announce the winner. Lo and behold, the Candice garnered the most votes and joined the American Idol alumni of winners, including Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood and Phillip Phillips.
"I'm still trying to process it," Candice tells Life & Style about the win. "I don't even know my name! Oh my gosh! I don't know what's happening! It feels amazing though to finally have gotten to this point after working so hard for so long."
So what are some surprising facts that you may not know about the season 12 victor? Keep reading to find out!
This Wasn’t Her First Time on IdolDo you know that Candice tried out not once, but twice on the series? She first auditioned for season. She was cut, but that didn’t stop her for coming back for season 11. After being cut a second time, she gave it another go this season — and her decision proved to be worth it. She kept telling herself “I belong there.”
Which Idol Winner She AdoresThe 23-year-old was inspired by season 4 winner Carrie Underwood, who was a small town girl from Oklahoma and won in 2005. “The fact that she basically did the same thing that I’m doing…I tell people, don’t let where you come from determine where you go,” she’s said. “Living on St. Helena Island, there’s no musical opportunity. I felt like I was kind of trapped here and American Idol was my way out.”What Singing Lessons?She’s super talented, but this gal hasn’t had any professional lessons! Instead, she trusted her parents and siblings (she has six younger ones!) for advice on song choices.What Candice’s Fans Call ThemselvesJust like Lady Gaga’s little monsters and Rihanna’s navy, Candice has a huge fan base — and they call themselves “Cougars for Candice.”
Her Gig Pre-IdolBefore she stole America’s hearts on the Idol stage, the brunette beauty had a regular job. She worked at the Fripp Island Resort as an excursions coordinator. “We’ll call her ex-coworker, because we don’t think she’s coming back,” her co-worker Merissa Liscombe has joked. “We hope she comes back because she’s just a good worker, but more than that, we want her to make it far on American Idol.” And, she certainly did!
Are you happy that Candice won? What was your favorite part about Idol last night? Sound off in comments!
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