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 thid time and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she had eliminated 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas.
Glover said 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 shed tears as she sang 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.