American Idol: The Third Time Lucky For Winner.
R&B singer Candice Glover wins the show after auditioning in vain for a place on the live rounds twice before.
This year’s American Idol has been crowned – after she twice failed to get beyond the audition stages of talent show.
Candice Glover, a 23-year-old R&B singer, won the USs’ top reality show having entered it three times.
The singer looked stunned when Idol host Ryan Seacrest announced she had beaten soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison.
“Three times,” gasped a weepy Glover under a wave of confetti.
The singer looked so stunned when she heard her name as the winner
After her crowning, the singer sobbed her way through her new single I Am Beautiful.
Glover’s win marks the first time a female and a non-white singer has won the competition since Jordin Sparks dominated the sixth season in 2007.
The previous five winners – Phillip Phillips, Scotty McCreery, Lee DeWyze, Kris Allen and David Cook – were all young Caucasian guitar players, known to Idol fans as white guys with guitars.
The lack of a female champion for the past five years was mocked in a finale performance featuring the female finalists, in cahoots with Sparks, who jokingly sabotaged this year’s five male contestants.
Glover is congratulated by other finalists
“The good news is Idol leftovers have been doing really well on The Voice,” Sparks teased.
Besides the coronation of Glover, Thursday’s finale also served as a farewell for Randy Jackson, the show’s last remaining original judge.
He announced last week that he is leaving to focus on his record label and other business opportunities, after serving as a judge on all 12 seasons of Idol.
He first appeared on the panel alongside Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul when the competition debuted in 2002, becoming famous for his easygoing “Yo, dawg!” rapport with contestants.
“I love everybody that walked on this show,” Jackson said. “Hopefully, I touched their lives a little bit. They certainly touched mine.”