Contestant: Candice Glover
Song: Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”
Candice is an excursions coordinator. She is 23 years old and from South Carolina.
This was one of her weaker performances. Here it is, time to finally stand out with a full performance. But the interpretation was nothing special. And she didn’t go anywhere with the high notes.
Along with Janelle Arthur, Candice is a virtual lock to advance past the Top 40 and into the first live voting round (with Zoanette a likely pick, as well). That is the Top 20 for Season 12. Glover is clearly one of the 3 producer favorites on the female side. And Angie is in the other girls’ group of 10, so Candice doesn’t have to worry about her this round. There’s no question but that Candice is likely to make the overall Top 10 for this season. After that, I have her top 5, as well, but probably falling short in the end unless she shows more diversity in singing styles (she doesn’t seem to have any interest in doing this, however).
Note: I will add the official YouTube video of Candice’s Top 40 performance of “Natural Woman” after Idol uploads it to the show’s channel. It may take a handful of hours for that to happen.
American Idol 12 is entering the Las Vegas round. This is still an audition and not a public voting round. But unlike other seasons, the contestants will be giving a full performance in front of a live audience in Las Vegas.
There are 4 episodes of 10 contestants for this round. The judges are picking half of those 10 each episode. Thus, the Top 40 becomes the Top 20 for next round.
This had a better reaction than Melinda Ademi’s performance (Candice went second).
Judges’ Thoughts On Candice Glover’s Las Vegas Performance:
Keith said that she is a natural singer. And Nicki thinks she is one of the best. Randy said it was really good but not her best performance. He told her to go for it more. Mariah said she’s a bona fide singer. She asked her about the arrangement, and Candice said she contributed to the arrangement. Not sure that’s a positive.
Candice says not all the decisions were unanimous. But Candice is going through to the Top 20.