23 year-old soul powerhouse Candice Glover was crowned the winner of American Idol last night.
Glover is the first woman – and the first black woman – to win since Jordin Sparks in 2007.
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.
Glover said backstage after winning she learned to “have fun, live in the moment and be confident.”
“Because in previous years I wasn’t, so that’s definitely the key if you want to audition for the show or have a career,” she said.
Check out Glover’s performance of her first single “I Am Beautiful” below:
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