Candice Glover

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Candice Glover
Birth nameCandice Rickelle Glover
Born(1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 23)
Beaufort, South Carolina
OriginSt. Helena Island, South Carolina, United States
GenresR&B, gospel, pop, soul
Years active2010-present
Labels19, Interscope
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Candice Glover
Birth nameCandice Rickelle Glover
Born(1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 23)
Beaufort, South Carolina
OriginSt. Helena Island, South Carolina, United States
GenresR&B, gospel, pop, soul
Years active2010-present
Labels19, Interscope

Candice Rickelle Glover (born November 22, 1989) is an American R&B singer who won the twelfth season of the American Idol.[1] Glover is the first female winner of the show since Jordin Sparks won in 2007, the fourth African-American winner in American Idol history and the only winner to have auditioned three times before being cast for the live shows. Her debut album Music Speaks is scheduled for release on July 16, 2013.


Early life[edit]

Glover was born in Beaufort, South Carolina, to John and Carole Glover. She is the oldest of seven children.[2][3] She graduated from Beaufort High School in 2008.[4] Before Idol, Candice was insecure and struggled with her weight. In an interview, she said she had to have counseling at school because of her insecurity problems.

American Idol[edit]


Glover auditioned in Charlotte, North Carolina.[5] She previously auditioned in the ninth and eleventh seasons. In the ninth season Simon Cowell said that he could not see Glover being anything more than a lounge singer and she was cut during the final 70 round. She was eliminated by producers during the tenth season when she forgot the lyrics to her song "Chasing Pavements" by Adele.

Season 11[edit]

Glover auditioned in Savannah, Georgia. She sang "Blame It on Me" by Chrisette Michele. She advanced, but her audition was not aired. In round one, she performed Karina's "Slow Motion". In round three, she sang "Someone like You" by Adele, where she received a standing ovation from the judges. She performed "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Buddy Holly with eleventh season finalists DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez in the group round and was eliminated.

Season 12[edit]

During her audition for the twelfth season, 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. 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. For the second round, 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. In round three, 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 the season and she advanced to Las Vegas. In Vegas, she performed "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. In the semi-finals of the, Glover performed "Ordinary People" by John Legend. On March 7, 2013, she was voted into the Top 10.[1] 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.[6] 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 first time, after her Top 4 performance, she landed in the bottom two. On May 16, Glover won the contest and her debut single 'I Am Beautiful' was released to music store outlets.

Performances and results[edit]

Season 9[edit]

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's ChoiceNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A capellaNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Superwoman"
with Shelby Dressel, Kelsey Laverack Rey, and Audri Vargas
Alicia KeysN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3SoloNot airedN/AEliminated

Season 11[edit]

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Blame It on Me"Chrisette MicheleN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A Capella"Slow Motion"Lee.M & J. PearlN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group PerformanceNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Solo"Someone like You"AdeleN/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundGroup Performance"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
with DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez
Buddy HollyN/AEliminated

Season 12[edit]

EpisodeTheme.Song choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditionee's Choice"Syrup & Honey/Call Me Maybe"Duffy/Carly Rae JepsenN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A Capella"Impossible"Christina AguileraN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
with Melinda Ademi, Kamaria Ousley, and Denise Jackson
Blu CantrellN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Solo"Girl on Fire"Alicia KeysN/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundPersonal Choice"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman"Aretha Franklin2Advanced
Top 20 (10 Women)Personal Choice"Ordinary People"John Legend10Advanced
Top 10 RevealVictory Song"I'm Going Down"Rose Royce7N/A
Top 10Music of the American Idols"I (Who Have Nothing)"Ben E. King6Top 3
Top 9The Beatles"Come Together"The Beatles5Safe
Top 8Music of Motor CitySolo "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"The Miracles1Safe
Trio "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
with Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller
Dee Dee Warwick6
Top 7RockDuet "The Letter"
with Burnell Taylor
The Box Tops4Safe
Solo "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"The Rolling Stones8
Top 6Burt Bacharach and Hal David"Don't Make Me Over"Dionne Warwick6Top 2
Songs They Wish They'd Written"Lovesong"The Cure12
Top 5Year They Were Born"Straight Up"Paula Abdul1Safe
Divas"When You Believe"Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston6
Top 4Contestant's ChoiceSolo "Find Your Love"Drake2Bottom 21
Duet "Stay"
with Angie Miller
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko6
One-Hit Wonders"Emotion"Samantha Sang8
Top 42Songs from Now and Then"When I Was Your Man"Bruno Mars3Safe
"You've Changed"Harry James7
Quartet "Wings"
with Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, and Angie Miller
Little Mix9
Top 3Jimmy Iovine's Choice"One"U22Safe
Judges' Choice"Next to Me"Emeli Sandé5
Producers' Choice"Somewhere"Reri Grist8
FinaleSimon Fuller's Choice"Chasing Pavements"Adele2Winner
Winner's Single"I Am Beautiful"Candice Glover4
Favorite Performance"I (Who Have Nothing)"Ben E. King6


Immediately following the finale broadcast on May 16, 2013, Glover's debut album, Music Speaks, along with her debut single "I Am Beautiful" was available for pre-order; this was a first for the Idol series.[7] On May 17, 2013 Glover performed the single on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[8] On May 20, 2013, Glover performed on Live! with Kelly and Michael.[9] Glover confirmed on May 21, to be working on a more R&B influenced second single to be released. [10] In its first week "I Am Beautiful" reached number 33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100.[11]

Glover will take part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013, beginning on July 19 and ending on August 31, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Glover says she wants to be a counselor to help girls through what she went through as a teenager. Nicki Minaj broke down in tears after Glover's performance of "Next to Me", saying that Glover has gotten so much more confidence during her time on the show. Glover said she would never wear a dress on Idol, but she eventually wore one during her performance of "Somewhere." After this, girls began tweeting her saying she was their inspiration and that she made them feel more confident. Her musical influences include Christina Aguilera, Jazmine Sullivan and Brandy.[12] In 2011, Sullivan retweeted Glover's YouTube cover of Chasing Pavements by Adele and called it "amazing". Glover once again performed this song on the finale of American Idol.


Studio albums[edit]


YearTitlePeak chart positionsSalesAlbum

2013"I Am Beautiful"93336Music Speaks


External links[edit]

Preceded by
Phillip Phillips
American Idol winner