It's official: Candice Glover has won American Idol season 12. The 23-year-old who's been singing since age 4 took home the title on last night's finale, getting a standing ovation for her performance of "I Who Have Nothing" by Ben E. King. The best part of all this? Glover made it to the final round TWICE in previous seasons but never made it to the top 20. Hello, revenge!
It's exciting, but I just feel kind of bad for Candice. This season of Idol has been notably, well, a stinker. There have been rumors of a complete judging shakeup for season 13, Nicki Minaj is just straight up off her rocker, and as opposed to seasons past when there's been LOADS of buzz, I couldn't tell you ANYTHING about any of the contestants from this time around. Heck, I hardly heard anything about the finale until the day of.
With that said, this doesn't make Candice any less of a winner. Take a look at what you've most likely been missing with 5 of Candice Glover's best performances, here:
5. "Emotion" by Samantha Sang:
4. "One" by U2:
3. "Somewhere" from the musical West Side Story:
2. Her debut single "I Am Beautiful":
1. "Inseparable" with Jennifer Hudson:
And for a bonus clip, watch Candice's winning moment here:
Did you watch last night? Are you stoked about Candice's big win?
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