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“I can’t even … Oh, my God … Three years.”
For three years, Candice Glover traveled from her South Carolina home to try out for American Idol. Thursday night, her efforts paid off. She became the 12th winner of the Fox singing competition, beating out Kree Harrison to become the show’s first female winner in six years.
Glover, 23, not only had the night’s final big moment, she was involved in some of the other highlights of the two-hour-plus finale, singingInseparable with Jennifer Hudson, then getting a shout-out from Aretha Franklin, who told her, “Candice, you’re a winner — win or lose, you’re a winner.”
What a nutty night full of guest appearances and drama.
R&B legend Stevie Wonder sang “Happy Birthday” to Steven Tyler…how awesome is that!
Hulk Hogan dropped by to tell self-professed “Hulkamaniac” James Durban he was SAFE. Staying true to form, Hogan ripped off his shirt (Ryan gave it to James). Then the Hulkster fake punches Ryan Seacrest in the face (LMAO) and sent him flying into the audience. Hysterical!
Special musical guest Sugarland performed their new song “Stuck Like Glue” and a svelte Jennifer Hudson dropped by to launch her new single “Where You At?”
Crazy bottom three this week:
Casey Abrams received the lowest number of votes. Casey started to sing for his life and was stopped by Randy Jackson. The judges used their save. Everybody went nuts, including a stunned Casey. It was insane in the membrane.
Final shocker: Ryan tells us ALL 11 finalists will go on tour, not just the top ten. BUT…….two people will go home next Thursday night. People better “bring it”.