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Beaufort Resident Wins American Idol

Candice Rickelle Glover took the stage and won the hearts of millions. Candice, a St. Helena Island native is the fourth African-American winner on American Idol and the only contestant to have auditioned 3 times prior.

Glover was born and raised in Beaufort, South Carolina along with five siblings. She is the oldest. She graduated from Beaufort High School in 2008. Glover has battled her weight and was a very insecure teen. During the airing of the show, she never wore a dress because of her insecurity. However, during her performance of “You’ve Changed” by Billie Holiday, Glover wore a dress and became an inspiration to girls worldwide. Her musical influences are Christina Aguilera, Jazmine Sullivan, and Brandy. On Twitter, Glover wrote, “Making songs my own is my favorite thing to do.”

Glover received a standing ovation from the judges during her audition for Season 12. After all the brutal rounds in Hollywood, it was announced that she had made the Top 20 and advanced to Las Vegas. In the semi-finals of the twelfth season, on March 7, 2013, she was voted into the Top 10. After several amazing performances, Glover earned enough votes so that on May 9, she landed in the Top 2 along with Kree Harrison.

Candice was greeted by 125 fans as she arrived at the Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport. In Beaufort, fans packed the street for a Homecoming parade and concert despite the cloudy weather. It was a very emotional day for Candice as she faced filming, autographs, and family visits. Fans held up signs and chanted “Candice” as she sang. During the concert, Candice received the key to the city from Mayor Billy Keyserling. Later that day, Governor Nikki Haley rode in the parade and then declared Saturday, May 4, Candice Glover Day. All of Candice’s friends and family supported her by wearing purple shirts adorned with her photo. Purple is her favorite color.

The Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce and Highway 21 Drive-In, Beaufort Liquidation, and Mayor Billy Keyserling put together a viewing party on May 8. Gates opened at 6 p.m., and the show began at 8. Although the event was free, donations were being collected by Mayor Billy Keyserling and Mrs. Jaime Dailey-Vergara with the Chamber of Commerce. So far, more than $20,000 have been raised to cover the cost of the event. Live 5 News anchor Raphael James was there conducting live broadcasts along with WYFF News 4 out of Greenville, SC. Brandy with 94.5, The Coast, did a live remote. It was a huge Beaufort Block Party. Fans from all over South Carolina came to give their support to Candice. As the end of the evening approached , Candice was announced the winner. The atmosphere went from nerve breaking to proud tears. Candice Glover, a shy and humble South Carolinian, has just became Our Hometown Girl, Our American Idol.

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