Arts and Culture

Shani Gilchrist



Beaufort County’s Candice Glover wins “American Idol” Season 12

Posted 5/16/2013 11:01:00 PM

Social media lit up tonight with declarations that “America got it right” after St. Helena Island native Candice Glover was voted the winner of “American Idol.”

Even the most jaded reality television critics have to admit that this season’s winner has a talent that stops listeners in their tracks. This was evidenced Thursday night by Glover’s duet with Jennifer Hudson, during which she held her own despite being the less experienced of the two performers.

This was Glover’s third attempt at success on “American Idol,” having previously auditioned for seasons 9 and 11. The first time she auditioned, it is reported that former judge and show creator Simon Cowell stated that he couldn’t imagine her being more than a lounge singer.

During Season 12, Glover created magical moments at almost every turn. When she worked with jazz legend Harry Connick Jr. on Billie Holliday’s “You’ve Changed,” she captivated the most devoted fans of the genre and introduced a legend to the younger set. When she performed Adele’s “Chasing Pavements,” we could practically feel the judges and audience becoming infatuated. And tonight, as Glover tearfully sang “I Am Beautiful” as she soaked in the fact that she had won, it was clear how much this accomplishment means to her.

There is little doubt that Beaufort County is alive with celebration of their “Hometown Idol” tonight. South Carolina has much to be proud of in Candice Glover!