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'American Idol' crowns winner

By Derrick J. Lang

AP Entertainment Writer

LAST UPDATED: 03:09 a.m. HST, May 17, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> The third time's the charm for Candice Glover on "American Idol."

The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested soulful 22-year-old country singer Kree Harrison from Woodville, Texas.

"Three times," exclaimed a weepy Glover under a wave of confetti.

After her crowning, an emotional Glover sobbed her way through her new single "I Am Beautiful."

Glover's win marks the first time a female and a nonwhite 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 WGWGs, or white guys with guitars.

The lack of a female champion for the past five years was mocked in a finale bit featuring the female finalists, in cahoots with Sparks, jokingly sabotaging this season's five male contestants.

"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 who announced last week that he's leaving "Idol" to focus on his record label and other business opportunities. Jackson served 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. He added, "Hopefully, I touched their lives a little bit. They certainly touched mine."

Grammy- and Oscar-winning former "Idol" finalist Jennifer Hudson returned for Thursday's finale to duet with Glover on Natalie Cole's "Inseparable."

Hudson was among the guest stars who helped fill out the two-hour finale show, including Psy, Frankie Valli, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, Aretha Franklin and former "Idol" judge Jennifer Lopez. Current "Idol" judges Keith Urban and Mariah Carey — along with Jackson on bass — also performed.

Jackson previously declared Wednesday's three-song showdown a dead heat between Harrison and Glover, who have both once been among the show's low vote-getters during the finals.

Last year's finale between Phillips and budding pop diva Jessica Sanchez brought in 132 million votes. The vote totals for Thursday's finale weren't shared with viewers.


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64hoo wrote:
hay commenters were you watching the American idol final or like me watching the history channel.
on May 16,2013 | 08:50PM
Anonymous wrote:
You and Larry Price!
on May 16,2013 | 11:18PM
64hoo wrote:
thanks I just wanted to see if there are perry and price listeners.
on May 16,2013 | 11:21PM
onevoice82 wrote:
I was watching American Idol contestants making History! Best season ever, ever, ever!
on May 17,2013 | 05:29AM
mitt_grund wrote:
"The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times .." Third time's the charm? Unfortunately, the best singers have already come forth. Will we see a fourth or fifth time contestant win next season? The freshness has worn off and they are now featuring repeat contestants. Like the Miss America pageant and its feeder beauty (scholarship?) pageants. And Simon is no longer a judge. People in general press for the underdog, but now it's getting kind of tired. RIP, AI.
on May 17,2013 | 09:41AM
nodaddynotthebelt wrote:
American Idol may not garner as much viewership as in the past but the show still bests most shows. It is a guilty pleasure that many Americans can claim. I think that the show is getting stale to the regulars because of the contrived conditions that are placed on contestants. Why do they have country singers sing rock? Or why do they have rock singer sing disco? They should simply allow the singers to sing what they want. I could not understand why the finale sing-off was only one hour when they could have spent time featuring the singers and their experiences on the show. More behind-the-scenes events as the singers preparing would be interesting. I can see why they cut it to one hour. They were trying to draw the viewership to their "So You Think You Can Dance" show which Nigel Lythgoe's projects. Nigel is one of the producers of American Idol. The problem of with American Idol can clearly be seen in this dance competition that forces dancers to dance in other genres outside of their skill sets. They force hip-hop dancers (what is hip-hop today anyway?) to dance ballroom or foxtrot. And the have ballroom dancers to dance hip-hop. They should just simply have dancers choose their style and battle it out with other dancers regardless of style and let the public decide who the best dancers are. Or they can have categories where dancers in each category battle it out. And then the winners of each category can battle it out to find a grand champion.
on May 17,2013 | 11:20AM
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