Candice Glover made American Idol history last week, becoming the only returning contestant to win the competition. Glover had auditioned in Seasons 9 and 11, making it as far as the Top 40 Vegas round last season before being eliminated.
"I said, 'Just this one more time. If it doesn't work this time, then I'll think of another avenue,'" Glover said she told her parents before her Season 12 audition. "I didn't really know who I was the first two years. ... I think this year I turned myself into more of an artist and I took a lot more chances."
Third time's the charm for American Idol's Season 12 champ.
Candice Glover's victory on the reality singing competition show Thursday night comes after two major setbacks. She had previously auditioned in Season 9 and 11 and even made it to the Hollywood rounds, where she was then eliminated. She came back again in Season 12 and this time, made it to the very end.
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"I always knew for some reason that it would happen if I kept going," she told reporters backstage after the finale. "At some point I said, 'American Idol obviously doesn't want me, so why would I go back?' But I found myself on the website, looking at auditions again and being determined. I just couldn't stay away."
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Her winning moment "I'm still trying to process the whole thing.
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It took a mere 127 minutes Thursday night for Fox to crown the winner of the 12th season of American Idol. So who took home the title, Kree Harrison or Candice Glover? Keep reading to find out.
The American Idol finale Wednesday was trimmed to just one hour, allowing finalists Candice Glover and Kree Harrison three songs each, plus a performance by Carly Rae Jepsen (groan). With all that to cram in, host Ryan Seacrest wasted no time in getting to the performances — and we won't either.