I’m ashamed to say it: I missed it. You may have too. But Thursday night, all across America, The Entertainment Networks were abuzz about the singular best performance in the 12-year history of American Idol. Could Ailing American Idol’s “CURE” hail from FROGMORE, S.C.? Candice Glover’s amazing performance would so indicate. That tagline snagged my personal attention; then I heard the piece de resistance: The performance was sung by South Carolina home-girl, Candice Glover from Saint Helena’s Island in Beaufort County. (Us old school Sandlappers know it more affectionately as “FROGMORE” (You know, like the STEW). Fortunately, unlike yours truly, approximately 29 million people did tune in to see the newest pride of the Palmetto State on AMERICAN IDOL. While everyone looks forward to the beginning of the season when the judges make fun of the people who look like they just stumbled out of a Myrtle Manor, or the ones who’s voice sounds like Roseanne Barr on a bad day, most folks do actually look forward to the crowning of the champion and the next single hit. With previous winners Carrie Underwood, Scotty McCreery, Phillip Phillips , among others, the dramatic selection always produces a crowd favorite and sometimes a future star. The consensus Front-runner this year is clearly South Carolina’s own Candice Glover.
Candice Glover, is a beautiful fresh vocalist with rolling energy, sparking the crowd with anticipation for her next performance. Candice loves singing R&B, Pop, and Gospel. Most notably, Candice Glover doesn’t take NO for an answer. After lackluster auditions in Seasons 9 and 11, she did not advance past the top 60. Instead of throwing in the towel, however, Candice practiced and persevered: She has now has catapulted into the top 5.
Her historic performance this week was her personal rendition of one of my all-time favorite songs: “Love Song” by The Cure. REMARKABLE. Jodi Bradbury, a vocal critic of American Idol, described her performance as “the best performance from an American Idol contestant in years. Randy Jackson said it was hands down the BEST in the Show’s 12-years history. After watching it, I have to AGREE. She had viewers absolutely transfixed from the very first note all the way to the reprise. At the end, three judges were on their feet while Keith was on his knees bowing down and Mariah even approached the stage to toss glitter on Candice. Randy was not exaggerating. Along with these critiques, People Magazine even described Candice Glover’s performance as a “show-stopper.” With Candice currently being the talk of the show, much attention has been focused on her amazing vocals and some are already picturing her winning the glamorous award. Just watch this performance on HULU and you will see why!
Will this rising star eventually join the South Carolina GREATS, the likes of which include: Hootie & the Blowfish, Chubby Checker, Edwin McCain, Crossfade, The Marshall Tucker Band, and let’s not forget My Great Aunt: The late, EPIC Eartha Kitt ? That jury is still out. However, for the time being, we are just about to find out if Glover is the greatest singer to enter American Idol in Season 12. I will be watching from now on and I hope you do too. But whatever the case, PLEASE grab this rare opportunity for some positive press from the State we love and VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!!!
For a brief review on each of the five finalist’s recent performances, look to Jodi Bradbury’s reviews.
TO SEE CANDICE GLOVER AND HER RECENT PERFORMANCE CLICK THIS LINK!!!
J.L. Mann Cromer, Jr. Served as the only True Independent Member of the South Carolina General Assembly from 1990- 1998. Currently, he is serving in his 14th year as Reading Clerk for the S.C. House. Additionally, Bubba is a General Practice Attorney in Columbia, South Carolina, concentrating in Probate & Estate Planning, Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Law at Cromer Law Offices, LLC. in Columbia, S.C. Bubba has been in practice for 25 years.