LOS ANGELES (AP) — The third time’s the charm for Candice Glover on “American Idol.”
The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas.
Glover said backstage after winning she learned to “have fun, live in the moment and be confident.”
“Because in previous years I wasn’t, so that’s definitely the key if you want to audition for the show or have a career,” she said.
After her crowning, an emotional Glover sobbed her way through her new single “I Am Beautiful.”
Glover’s win marks the first time a female and a nonwhite singer has won the competition since Jordin Sparks dominated the sixth season in 2007. The previous five winners – Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen and David Cook – were all Caucasian
guitar players, known to “Idol” fans as WGWGs, or white guys with guitars.