Candice Glover was crowned the new “American Idol” on Thursday after defeating country singer Kree Harrison.
The 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she was victorious over 22-year-old country singer Harrison from Woodville, Texas.
Glover performed the new single “I Am Beautiful” after winning the 12th edition of the Fox singing competition. Glover auditioned for the show three times before making it as a finalist this season.
Thursday’s finale also served as a farewell for Randy Jackson. The show’s lone remaining original judge announced last week that he’s leaving “Idol” to focus on his record label and other business opportunities.
Glover, as well as St. Louis native top-ten finalist Curtis Finch Jr., will be in St. Louis next month when the “American Idol Live Tour” stops at the Chaifetz Arena.