The third time proved to be the charm for Candice Glover, as she was named the winner of American Idol season 12.
The R&B powerhouse, who auditioned for the show two seasons before, beat out bluesy country singer Kree Harrison during last night’s (May 16) finale.
Candice clinched the title after a strong showing on Wednesday night’s performance finale. She blew the judges away with all three of her performances, but left them especially awed with her reprise of “I (Who Have Nothing).”
“You’re such a powerhouse singer…it was incredible,” gushed Keith Urban. “What comes across for you is superstar,” Nicki Minaj said. “That girl can plum, flat-out sing…this was a winning performance,” Randy Jackson added. Mariah Carey closed the praise fest with, “What you have is the ability to take any song and turn it into a vehicle for that amazing voice.”
After host Ryan Seacrest revealed the big news, an emotional Candice performed her first single, “I Am Beautiful,” complete with mid-performance winner tears.
Candice is the first female winner Idol’s had since Jordin Sparks in season 6.