Candice Glover

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Candice Glover
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Candice Glover in 2014
Background information
Birth nameCandice Rickelle Glover
Born (1989-11-22) November 22, 1989 (age 31)
Beaufort, South Carolina
Origin St. Helena Island, South Carolina, United States
Genres R&B, jazz, pop, soul
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress
Instruments Vocals
Years active2010–present
Labels Interscope, 19, Independent

Candice Rickelle Glover (born November 22, 1989) is an American R&B singer and actress who won the twelfth season of American Idol . [1] Glover is the first winner to have auditioned three times before being cast for the live shows. Her debut album Music Speaks was released on February 18, 2014. [2]


Early life

Candice Rickelle Glover was born on November 22, 1989 in Beaufort, South Carolina, to John and Carole Glover. She is the oldest of seven children. [3] [4] She graduated from Beaufort High School in 2008. [5] Before Idol, Candice was insecure and struggled with her weight. In an interview, she said she had to have counseling at school because of her insecurity issues.

American Idol


Glover auditioned in Charlotte, North Carolina. [6] She previously auditioned in the ninth and eleventh seasons. In the ninth season Simon Cowell said that he could not see Glover being anything more than a lounge singer and she was cut during the final 70 round. She was eliminated by producers during the ninth season when she forgot the lyrics to her song "Chasing Pavements" by Adele.

Season 11

Glover auditioned in Savannah, Georgia. She sang "Blame It on Me" by Chrisette Michele. She advanced, but her audition was not aired. In round one, she performed Karina's "Slow Motion". In round three, she sang "Someone like You" by Adele, where she received a standing ovation from the judges. She performed "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" by Buddy Holly with eleventh season finalists DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez in the group round and was eliminated.

Season 12

During her audition for the twelfth season, Glover sang "Syrup & Honey" by Duffy, where she received a standing ovation. Judge Randy Jackson said that she was the best performer by far in the competition. Mariah Carey called her singing "The best singing we have heard thus far." Glover advanced to Hollywood. In an interview, she said, "I thought they were going to get sick of seeing my face." For the first round in Hollywood, she sang "Impossible" by Christina Aguilera. For the second round, she performed "Hit Em Up Style" with Kamaria Ousley, Denise Jackson, and Melinda Ademi. This was named the best group the judges had seen all day. In round three, she put a jazzy twist on Alicia Keys's "Girl on Fire". It was later announced that Glover was one of the top 20 girls of the season and she advanced to Las Vegas. In Vegas, she performed "Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin. In the semi-finals of the competition, Glover performed "Ordinary People" by John Legend. On March 7, 2013, she was voted into the Top 10. [1] Her Top 10 performance of "I (Who Have Nothing)" by Ben E. King earned her enough votes to land among the night’s top three contestants, along with Kree Harrison and Angie Miller. [7] After her Top 6 performances, Glover earned enough votes to land in the night's top two contestants, along with Kree Harrison. She covered "Lovesong" by The Cure and broke down in tears after receiving a standing ovation. For the first time, after her Top 4 performance, she landed in the bottom two. On May 16, Glover won the contest and her debut single 'I Am Beautiful' was released to music store outlets.

Performances and results

Season 9

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's ChoiceNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A capellaNot airedN/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Superwoman"
with Shelby Dressel, Kelsey Laverack Rey, and Audri Vargas
Alicia Keys N/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3SoloNot airedN/AEliminated

Season 11

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Blame It on Me" Chrisette Michele N/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A Capella"Slow Motion" Lee.M & J. Pearl N/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group PerformanceNot aired
with Lauren Daigle, Amber Caparas, Brittany Hammond, and Kalyn McNeil
Hollywood Round, Part 3Solo"Someone like You" Adele N/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundGroup Performance"It Doesn't Matter Anymore"
with DeAndre Brackensick and Jessica Sanchez
Buddy Holly N/AEliminated

Season 12

EpisodeThemeSong choiceOriginal artistOrder #Result
AuditionAuditioner's Choice"Syrup & Honey/Call Me Maybe" Duffy/Carly Rae Jepsen N/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 1A Capella"Impossible" Christina Aguilera N/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 2Group Performance"Hit 'Em Up Style (Oops!)"
with Melinda Ademi, Kamaria Ousley, and Denise Jackson
Blu Cantrell N/AAdvanced
Hollywood Round, Part 3Solo"Girl on Fire" Alicia Keys N/AAdvanced
Las Vegas RoundPersonal Choice"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" Aretha Franklin 2Advanced
Top 20 (10 Women)Personal Choice"Ordinary People" John Legend 10Advanced
Top 10 RevealVictory Song"I'm Going Down" Rose Royce 7N/A
Top 10Music of the American Idols"I (Who Have Nothing)" Ben E. King 6Top 3
Top 9 The Beatles "Come Together"The Beatles5Safe
Top 8 Music of Motor City Solo "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" The Miracles 1Safe
Trio "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
with Amber Holcomb and Angie Miller
Dee Dee Warwick 6
Top 7RockDuet "The Letter"
with Burnell Taylor
The Box Tops 4Safe
Solo "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" The Rolling Stones 8
Top 6 Burt Bacharach and Hal David "Don't Make Me Over" Dionne Warwick 6Top 2
Songs They Wish They'd Written"Lovesong" The Cure 12
Top 5Year They Were Born"Straight Up" Paula Abdul 1Safe
Divas"When You Believe" Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston 6
Top 4Contestant's ChoiceSolo "Find Your Love" Drake 2Bottom 2 1
Duet "Stay"
with Angie Miller
Rihanna feat. Mikky Ekko 6
One-Hit Wonders"Emotion" Samantha Sang 8
Top 4 2 Songs from Now and Then"When I Was Your Man" Bruno Mars 3Safe
"You've Changed" Harry James 7
Quartet "Wings"
with Kree Harrison, Amber Holcomb, and Angie Miller
Little Mix 9
Top 3 Jimmy Iovine's Choice"One" U2 2Safe
Judges' Choice"Next to Me" Emeli Sandé 4
Producers' Choice"Somewhere" Reri Grist 9
Finale Simon Fuller's Choice"Chasing Pavements" Adele 2Winner
Winner's Single"I Am Beautiful"Candice Glover4
Favorite Performance"I (Who Have Nothing)"Ben E. King6
  • ^Note 1 When Ryan Seacrest announced the results for this particular night, Glover was in the bottom two with Amber Holcomb, but was declared safe as no one was eliminated.
  • ^Note 2 Due to the surprise non-elimination at the top 4, the top 4 remained intact for another week.

Music Speaks and upcoming second studio album

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Glover singing The Star-Spangled Banner at Citi Field in 2013

Immediately following the finale broadcast on May 16, 2013, Glover's debut album, Music Speaks , along with her debut single "I Am Beautiful" was available for pre-order; this was a first for the Idol series. [8] On May 17, 2013, Glover performed the single on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno . [9] On May 20, 2013, Glover performed on Live! with Kelly and Michael . [10] Glover confirmed on May 21, to be working on a more R&B influenced second single to be released. [11] In its first week "I Am Beautiful" reached number 33 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100. [12]

Glover took part in the American Idols LIVE! Tour 2013, beginning on July 19 and ending on August 31, 2013. Her debut album Music Speaks was released on February 18, 2014, after being pushed back from the original July 16 and October 8, 2013 dates. [13]

Glover's second single from her debut album is called "Cried," and was released on November 25, 2013. "Cried" debuted at number 28 on the Billboard Adult R&B chart in January 2014, [14] and has peaked at number 18.

Glover has begun work on her second studio album, due out in 2016. [15] She is writing all of the material on the album herself. She announced on her Facebook page that the album will be more "her" and that there will be a duet with fellow Idol contestant Amber Holcomb. [16]

Glover was also featured on Chadd Black's single, "Love No Fear", which was released on February 14, 2015. [15] She will be releasing a mixtape with Black sometime in 2016. [17] In January 2016, she announced that she had parted ways with 19 Recordings/Interscope. Her new album will be released independently, and she hopes to work with Jazmine Sullivan, Chris Brown, and/or Drake on it. [18]

She returned to Idol for the series finale on April 7, 2016. She performed with all the returning alumni to open the show, singing "One Voice." Later, she performed "Joy to the World" with Melinda Doolittle.


Glover sang on Broadway in the show “Home For the Holidays, Live on Broadway” which was presented November 17 to December 30, 2017, at the August Wilson Theatre. Other vocal performers included Josh Kaufman, Bianca Ryan, Peter Hollens and Evynne Hollens. [19]

Personal life

Glover says she wants to be a counselor to help girls through what she went through as a teenager. Nicki Minaj broke down in tears after Glover's performance of "Next to Me", saying that Glover has gotten so much more confident during her time on the show. Glover said she would never wear a dress on Idol, but she eventually wore one during her performance of "Somewhere," "You've Changed" by Billie Holiday and the finale. After this, girls began tweeting her saying she was their inspiration and that she made them feel more confident. Her musical influences include Christina Aguilera, Jazmine Sullivan and Brandy. [20] In 2011, Sullivan retweeted Glover's YouTube cover of "Chasing Pavements" by Adele and called it "amazing". Glover once again performed this song on the finale of American Idol.


Studio albums

TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positionsSales

Music Speaks 143


YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum


2013"I Am Beautiful"93336data-sort-value="" style="background: #ececec; color: #2C2C2C; vertical-align: middle; text-align: center; " class="table-na" | non-album single
"Cried"16Music Speaks
2018"Break Me"TBA

Promotional singles

YearTitlePeak chart positionsAlbum


2014"Passenger"Music Speaks
2017"My Mistake" [27] TBA

Music videos



Television roles
2012–2014 American Idol Herself / Contestant14 episodes
2013 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Herself / PerformerTV Special
2013 A Capitol Fourth Television filmHerself / Performer
2013 Live with Regis and Kathie Lee Herself / Musical Guest2 episodes
2014 The View Herself / Musical Guest2 episodes
2014 Northpole JosephineTelevision film
2017 Underground Gullah Woman #1Episodes: "Contraband" and "Things Unsaid"
2019GRITS: Girls Raised in the SouthTiana

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