Candice Glover was crowned the Season 12 winner of
"I can't even …" she said after
The lush-voiced 23-year-old soul singer from St. Helena Island, S.C., who'd toiled as a travel agent, waiting for her chance to step into the spotlight and show the world what she could do, had auditioned for "Idol" twice -- in Seasons 9 and 11 -- before making it to the live rounds this season. This year, she's said, she came back with a new confidence and a clear sense of who she is.
At times, she seemed to want the win more than anyone else in the contest, to be willing to fight for it with performances that blew the competition away and to roll with the punches when things didn't go her way. Remember the week when only one of the judges (well done,
Week after week, she walked onstage -- at one point with a broken toe -- and sang with a depth of emotion only Harrison on her best days could approach.
Glover's coronation song, or first single, as they're now calling it, "I Am Beautiful," seemed to say it all. Even when her talent -- and yes, her beauty, brought forth by the "Idol" team of stylists, hair and makeup artists -- went unrecognized, she kept faith in herself.
And on Thursday night, after the top 10 and the judges and all manner of visitors -- The Band Perry,
It was a moment that was, yes, beautiful.