In Thursday, May 16th’s telecast, South Carolina’s own Candice Glover was crowned winner of American Idol season 12. The 23 year-old is the first female singer to win in six seasons, Jordin Sparks having been the last female to win the title. Candice, a native of the tiny island off of South Carolina, St. Helena, is the oldest of seven children, and has been influenced by music her entire life.
She had previously auditioned in seasons 9 and 11, but the third time was a charm as she took the cake for season 12. The night was full of excitement and star-studded performances, including Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopes, and Emeli Sandé, to name a few, to mark the momentous event.
One of the most spectacular performances of the beginning belonged to winner Candice, in a duet of “Inseparable” with former Idol-winner, Jennifer Hudson. Check the video of the performance below.