The third time on American Idol was really, truly the charm for Candice Glover. The South Carolina singer took home the big win last week and already has an album ( Music Speaks) and is headed out on tour. Though the 23-year-old can’t be called an overnight success, she is more than ready for her ride.
We talked to the soul/R&B crooner on a recent conference call about her experience on the show, which is going through a few changes. A few alums are reportedly going to be sitting at the judges’ table for Season 13: Jennifer Hudson and Kelly Clarkson are all but assured a spot, while Adam Lambert or Clay Aiken are also two names in the mix. Nicki Minaj, Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Keith Urban will not return.
You auditioned twice for ‘Idol’ and didn’t make it through to the live rounds. Why did you keep trying?
I definitely was hurt and brokenhearted when I got cut, but for some reason, even though I kept saying that I wasn’t coming back, I kept thinking maybe this one time that it’ll work, this one time it’ll work. I would always say no, but then I would find myself looking at auditions again online. Then going and saying if it doesn’t work this time, I’ll just find a way to branch my music career another way. But I’m so glad that it worked.
How were you more prepared this time?
I just listened to every single genre of music out there and got my musical knowledge up. I just focused on being myself more and being different and not worrying about being accepted.
How are you going to stay in the spotlight?
I’m definitely glad that Idol took a different approach as far as the album this year, because it’ll be out on July 16, and it’s on pre-order now. Also, getting myself out there and probably trying to do other things as far as acting and modeling after careers of the other people that have won and even people that haven’t had the chance of winning, like Jennifer Hudson.
Did you have a favorite judge?
I do know that I connect more with Randy because he’s been there the whole time that I was there in the three years. He’s seen me grow, and I definitely look forward to his opinion as well as Mariah Carey’s, because she’s been doing this forever, and she knows what it’s like. Nicki also knows what it’s like today. So I look up to all three of them and getting a chance to meet Keith Urban. I think they all bring something good to the table.
Was the experience difficult being that you’re a little shy?
Yes, you’ve got all these bubbly people that are so fun, and you’re just more laid back. People tend to gravitate to the ones that are more excited. I’ll be excited, but you would never know by looking at my face. I think it definitely brought out the inner crazy in me and brought me out of my shell a little bit.
Your family is so proud. How did your parents advise you?
Before the show, they’d just say whatever happens, you’ve done a good job. This is your third time, Top 2 is definitely an accomplishment, don’t be sad if you don’t win. I’ve always said I’m content either way it goes.
American Idol Live comes to AmericanAirlines Arena Aug. 2. For tickets and information, go to www.candiceglovertour.com
Follow the writer www.twitter.com/madeleinemarr