What Does Candice Glover Want Now That ‘Idol’ Is Over? Fried Chicken!
The third time truly is a charm for Candice Glover!
The South Carolina native was crowned the winner of Season 12 of American Idol, after auditioning twice before during Seasons 9 and 11.
This makes Candice the first female winner of the show since Jordin Sparks (Season 6), and she revealed to On Air with Ryan Seacrest following the finale that she couldn’t “believe” the card Ryan read had her name on it. Instead, she joked that she thought it read, “I don’t know? Kree Harrison!”
Candice admitted she and close friend and runner-up Kree “were saying each other’s names…while you were opening up the card, so we were like rooting for each other.”
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The 23-year-old added of her accomplishment: “I know, I can’t even. I was like, ‘Ok, Mom. I’m going to go for Top 10.’ Like we did Top 40, Top 20, Top 10. And then okay Top 5, Top 3, and then when I made Top 2, I was like, ‘Oh my god. I actually have a chance to win this show and then I sang and it happened.”
So how did Kree and Candice keep their cool onstage? “You know how Angie has her clap? Me and Kree, that’s happeneing times 50 in our minds, but we just try to be as calm and cool as we possibly can. That’s just how I [am] when I’m nervous I don’t get jittery, I just get really calm and really quiet.”
Someone who couldn’t keep their cool however was Candice’s grandma. “I think my grandma fainted! I had to stop crying and look over there and be like, ‘Oh my gosh. What’s happening with grandma?’ But she was just really overwhelmed as well about the car.”
So why does Candice think she was able to become the American Idol this time, but not the past? “Season 9 I was just a 19-year-old who could sing and my parents, we used to go to Disney World every summer and auditions just happened to be down the road from Disney World and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh. I want to audition for American Idol’ and I had no idea who I was as a person [or] as an artist so I think I was just a singer then, but I’m an artist now and I’m nore confident now and more comfortable with who I am.”
Not only did Candice gain confidence onstage, but also in the fashion department. “I told the wardrobe stylist that she was never going to get me into a dress and I wore three dresses,” joke the singer, who ditched her heels for flats immediately after the finale. “I can’t believe that happened. And the heels! I broke my toe remember? Oh my gosh, all the stuff I went through on this show.”
So will we see Candice now showing more leg? Not so fast! “I don’t know if I’m ready for that … every once in a while I’ll bust out a dress.”
And most importantly, what music can we expect to come from Candice? “I can’t even wrap my mind around the fact that I’m making one! What’s happening? I’m just like a cool … laid back R&B and soul and jazz, but I want to appeal to everybody, so I can’t wait to get to work on that.”
Candice, who admitted she hasn’t really had the chance to sleep, joked the first thing she’ll do now that Idol is over: “Get some fried chicken?!”
And she deserves it!
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