The Season 12 finale of “American Idol” featured several guest performers: Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Frankie Valli, Jesse J, Psy, Pittbull and Aretha Franklin via satellite.
Who won “American Idol” 2013?
I’m not sure it was a big surprise to everyone — except for maybe the winner herself — but the Candice Glover vs. Kree Harrison battle was all about overcoming obstacles and believing in yourself.
We all knew Candice Glover was a feel-good story right from the beginning when she made the Top 10, and we kept rooting for her after every elimination, even after other feel-good stories (like Lazaro Arbos) and more marketable singers (like Angie Miller) were eliminated.
Despite the on-air and off-air drama of the judges — the name calling and Twitter wars between Nicki Minaj and Maria Carey, and the announced departure next season of resident “dawg” Randy Jackson — Season 12 of “American Idol” all came down to “the voice.”
And Candice Glover — as well as her Top 2 partner Kree Harrison, a feel-good story herself, losing both her parents at a young age, and also an aspiring singer trying to make it Nashville — had “the voice.”
Candice Glover won “American Idol” Season 12 over Kree Harrison for an incredible range and the ability to relate to the “Idol” audience.
The finale — despite all the pomp and circumstance of guest performers such as Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Frankie Valli, Jesse J, Psy, Pittbull and Aretha Franklin via satellite — was all about a 23-year-old girl from St. Helena Island, South Carolina, and her dream to be on a big stage and sing her heart out.
To her it was only a dream.
Not any more!