Singer Candice Glover goes from St. Helena Island to "American Idol"

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Singer Candice Glover goes from St. Helena Island to "American Idol"

By CATHY CARTER HARLEY
charley@beaufortgazette.com
Published Sunday, March 18, 2012   |  508 Words  |  

A St. Helena Island native hopes her third time on "American Idol" might be the charm.

Candice Glover, 22, has been selected twice to go to the semifinals in Hollywood on the popular television show.

Her first year on the show was in 2010. The Glover family of nine traveled to Orlando, Fla., where Candice was the last person to audition. She was chosen from thousands to receive a "golden ticket" to advance to Hollywood. Following round three, she was eliminated after making it to the top 60.

This year, she made it to the top 40. "American Idol" judges Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez and Randy Jackson gave a standing ovation following Glover's performance with Jessica Sanchez and Deandre Brackensick, who have recently been selected for the top 10. The group offered up a soulful spin on Buddy Holly's song "Doesn't Matter Anymore" in Las Vegas.

"And then they changed their minds," said Glover, who was eliminated on the Feb. 16 show.

Glover continues to stay in contact with the current finalists. Right now, all eyes are on Sanchez, the 16-year-old who didn't miss a note with Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You."

Glover has been a fan of Sanchez's for years. "Jessica was on 'America's Got Talent' at age 10 and I was a fan of her's before we met," Glover said. She noted that Sanchez is very shy and that her personality does not match her voice, which is so bold.

Glover began singing at the age of 4 at Oaks True Holiness Church on St. Helena. She continues to sing at Church of the Harvest in Beaufort, where her uncle Jerome Middleton is pastor.

While a student at Beaufort High School, she won the "Beaufort Idol" contest in 2008.

Now, she works at County Inn & Suites and does excursions on Fripp Island. Glover, a graduate of Technical College of the Lowcountry, continues to strive to be the "American Idol."

"Right now I have to make ends meet until my career jumps off," she said.

Glover believes the song she sang for her solo audition, "Slow Motion" by Carena, is not well known enough.

"I am more of an underground music person. But maybe I should start singing songs with which people are more familiar," Glover said.

"I think what sent me home was I wasn't really sure who I was," Glover admitted. "I need to take time now to figure that out. I will always have Gospel roots, but I will always switch things up. I want to be that artist who comes into the game fresh and new."

Glover said she'll audition again. "I'm working on everything -- my image, my interviews and my style -- so I'll be bulletproof."

And she said the "American Idol" experience was better the second time around. "Next year I'm not going to give them a reason to change their mind," Glover said.