And we have our winner!!
Candice Glover was crowned this year’s American Idol just a few hours ago! But, shortly after the announcement, the talented singer said she was “still trying to process” her victory:
“Like, I don't even know my name. I don’t know what's happening. It feels amazing, though. I finally got to this point. I've been working for so long.”
“I don't remember Ryan [Seacrest] saying my name, but I do remember confetti getting in my mouth while I was trying to sing. I wanted to laugh, but I was crying. There was so much happening at that one moment but it felt great. … A lot of dreams came true for me tonight.”
We can only imagine how overwhelming that moment was! But it’s funny to think that Candice almost didn’t audition for the show this season after failing to get through twice before:
“I remember at one point saying, ‘American Idol obviously doesn't want me, so why would I go back?’ I found myself on the website looking at auditions again and just being determined. I just couldn't stay away because I knew that if I kept trying, it would happen.”
On her personal growth throughout the course of the show, she revealed that she's finally come into her own:
“I definitely learned how to be confident, be myself and be OK with who I am. Because in previous seasons, I was doing what I thought America wanted or the judges wanted, but this year, I did whatever I wanted to do. Hence why I would do a rapper's song or I would do the Cure when nobody expected me to. In previous seasons, I wouldn't have done any of that because I wasn't comfortable in who I was.”
As for some words of advice received upon winning, Candice gushed that Nicki Minaj had some great wisdom to share:
“Nicki said, ‘You're a superstar, can I hug you?’ Then she reminded me to not be a diva. She always tells me to have fun and be myself. I love Nicki and hope I can collab with her.”
We hope you can, too! Congrats on the victory, gurrrrl! Can’t wait to see what you do next!
[Image via FOX.]