Kelly & Michael Welcomed ‘American Idol’ Winner Candice Glover
Live With Kelly & Michael Winners Week kicked off with this year’s American Idol winner, Candice Glover. After auditioning unsuccessfully for three years, the 23-year-old singer is now the show’s season 12 champion. Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan relived the emotional, exciting moment when Ryan Seacrest announced Candice’s name. Then, they welcomed Candice herself for a live performance of her new single, “I Am Beautiful.”
Candice Glover: “I Am Beautiful” Performance
Candice sang “I Am Beautiful,” her debut single as American Idol winner, on the Live! stage. To perform her future hit, Candice was accompanied on piano by Michael Orland, associate musical director of American Idol. “I Am Beautiful,” a slow, inspirational ballad, showcases Candice’s winning voice beautifully.
Candice Glover: Third Time’s The Charm
After her performance, Candice spoke with Kelly and Michael and explained how her hard work eventually paid off. The 23-year-old from St. Helena Island, South Carolina has set a great example for future American Idol contestants. She continued to practice, brush up on her music knowledge, and auditioned again and again until she made it through. Now, she’s the season twelve winner. As Michael pointed out, “the third time’s the charm!”
Candice said that when she auditioned for the first time at age 19, she didn’t know much about music and performance. “I think I turned myself more into an artist than just a singer,” she said, reflecting on how far she’s come.
Candice Glover will soon hit the road this summer with the American Idol tour, and will also prepare to release her debut album. Keep an eye out for this rising star as she transitions from reality contestant to superstar chart-topper.