Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Beaufort County shows the world its support for American Idol finalist Candice Glover

Posted 5/16/2013 4:47:00 PM

While much of the nation is riveted by “American Idol” contestant Candice Glover’s performance on the hit reality show, no area is showing its enthusiasm like the people of Beaufort County, S.C.

“We are very proud of our ‘Hometown Idol,’” says Robb Wells, Tourism Director for the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. Wells and his team have been working hard to show Glover and the world how South Carolina supports and celebrates its talent.

Tonight, millions will watch the show’s finale to see who will win the top prize by gaining the most votes from viewers via phone and internet. In Beaufort, near Glover’s hometown of St. Helena Island, the celebration of her success throughout the show has already begun. When Glover returned for the ‘Hometown Visits’ episode May 3, an estimated 20,000 people attended the events to see and hear the singer. Beaufort’s Mayor Billy Keyserling presented Glover with a key to the city, and Gov. Nikki Haley declared the day “Candice Glover Day” across South Carolina, presenting the star with the legislation on stage.

After Glover’s return to Los Angeles, the festivities continued with a viewing party at the Highway 21 Drive In that welcomed 150 vehicles to watch Wednesday’s episode on the big screen. Tonight there will be a special viewing at the University of South Carolina-Beaufort’s Performing Arts Center, where about 200 people are expected to show their support.

With this much enthusiasm, it’s clear that no matter tonight’s outcome, South Carolina has a new star who will be cheered on throughout her career. Watch Candice Glover perform tonight at 8 p.m. on Fox. Good luck, Candice!