Winner Announced on 'American Idol'

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May 16th, 2013


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Season Finale Featured Performances by

Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, KEITH URBAN, Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, Jennifer Hudson, JEssIe j, THE BAND PERRY, Travis Barker, Adam Lambert, Psy, EMELI SANDÉ, Frankie Valli AND ARETHA FRANKLIN


SUMMER Auditions for Season 13 Will Be Held In SALT LAKE CITY,


online auditions open now at


Download Candice’s Coronation Single, “I Am Beautiful,”

on and iTunes


AMERICAN IDOL’s dueling divas showdown came to an exhilarating close tonight as Candice Glover was crowned the winner during the live two-hour season finale on FOX. Glover, 23, from St. Helena Island, SC, edged out fellow female finalist Kree Harrison, 22, from Woodville, TX, to win the IDOL title.


Glover capped her coronation on Thursday’s finale by singing “I Am Beautiful,” which is available for download exclusively on and iTunes. Glover will release her debut album this summer on 19 Recordings/Interscope Records. The album is available now for pre-order.


The broadcast from the NOKIA Theatre L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles featured performances by the reunited Top 10 finalists, and a star-studded “who’s who” of the music world. Mariah, Keith and Randy stepped out from behind the judges’ table and wowed the audience. In addition, the show featured performances by Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull, Jennifer Hudson, Jessie J, Travis Barker, Season Eight runner-up Adam Lambert, Psy, The Band Perry, Emeli Sandé, Frankie Valli and Aretha Franklin.


On Wednesday night’s final performance show, Candice and Kree each sang three songs. Candice performed “Chasing Pavements,” “I Am Beautiful” and “I (Who Have Nothing)”; and Kree sang “Angel,” “All Cried Out” and “Up To The Mountain.” Also, thanks to the Coca-Cola Perfect Harmony Program, Carly Rae Jepsen performed her new song, “Take A Picture,” which was a collaborative effort between AMERICAN IDOL fans and the pop sensation herself. “Take A Picture” is available for download on


Glover joins the ranks of other IDOL winners including Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood, Taylor Hicks, Jordin Sparks, David Cook, Kris Allen, Lee DeWyze, Scotty McCreery and Phillip Phillips.


AMERICAN IDOL® LIVE! returns this summer for another hit tour to showcase the season's talented Top Finalists. The 40-show concert tour launches Saturday, June 29 in St. Louis, MO, and stops in other major cities, including Portland, OR; Houston, TX; Phoenix, AZ; and Miami, FL, before wrapping up in Nashville, TN. Tickets are on sale now at and


Audition cities and dates for AMERICAN IDOL Season 13 include Salt Lake City on Wednesday, July 10; San Francisco, CA, on Tuesday, July 16; Detroit, MI, on Sunday, July 21; Atlanta, GA, on Friday, July 26; Boston, MA, on Friday, Aug. 2; Austin, TX, on Wednesday, Aug. 7; and Omaha, NE, on Sunday, Aug. 11. Additional cities, dates and details will be announced on


AMERICAN IDOL hopefuls also can audition for the upcoming 13th season at, by submitting an audition video online. Entrants should demonstrate their stellar singing ability by performing a song of their choice a cappella. Videos are limited to one submission per person. Please visit for submission rules and terms and conditions.


AMERICAN IDOL is produced by 19 Entertainment, a division of Core Media Group, and FremantleMedia North America. The series is created and executive-produced by Simon Fuller, CEO, XIX Entertainment. Cecile Frot-Coutaz, FremantleMedia; Trish Kinane, FremantleMedia North America; Ken Warwick, FremantleMedia North America; and Nigel Lythgoe, CEO, Nigel Lythgoe Productions also serve as executive producers.

  • Alan

    I didn’t watched this season, but I’m glad a girl finally won again! AI always has better female contestants than males.

  • AppleStinx

    Which one is Candice?

  • Hillbilly

    Posted May 16, 2013 at 11:00 PM

    Which one is Candice?


    The one on the left. I had to look it up. :???:

  • Hillbilly

    Not that left, your other left. :lol:

  • FowlScat

    lost interest late, just couldn’t care this season. They jacked the judges up so bad it was tough to get through. Lots of fast fwd and lots of just watching elimination shows with recaps. Nikki Minaj is absolutely NOT what America is looking to watch on a show like that. Whoever made the major moves on that show in the past 5 years is drinking their own bathwater. One thing was clear, the girls outperformed the guys this season by the widest margin yet.

  • glover

    Mariah Carey’s lip sync on her performance was just embarassing.

  • Casey

    Kree should’ve won. Candice will never be famous and is not marketable. Candice should be on The Voice where they pick ugly people with good voices who never become famous.

  • msupdate

    The right person won. Candice has one of the best voices I’ve ever seen on the show. She is beautiful and seems to have a good personality.

  • JC

    This was probably the worst season for blatant rigging in quite a while. I get that “reality shows” arent “reality” but they made no bones early on that they were pushing Candice to win

  • Colin

    Angie should of won… None of these two will be famous. I find it funny that Candice album is already on for pre-order.

  • jr YOU WING

    The show is so done. Who cares? They fired everyone any way. The Voice rules now. Mariah is a joke.

  • Kangarookeeper

    This was the suckiest season ever and the judges (excluding Keith Urban) were terrible.

  • Ralph Hahn

    I don’t watch any of these reality shows, but Kree Harrison? Would you marry me? I’ll have your children!

    I’ll betcha Candice won it singing “I (Who Have Nothing).” Powerful song. But, “All Cried Out” isa good song, too.

    Kree looks a lot like Wynonna Rider witha little bit of Salma Hayek.

  • Daw Johnson

    @Ralph, she actually looks like Rose from Two and a Half Men (+25 pounds)

  • David

    Which one is Candice Glover? The photo didn’t have a caption to identify who is who.

  • Melanie

    @David Candice is wearing the stripped shirt & white sweater.

    Candice had the best voice of the season, hands down. I think she, Kree and Angie will all have careers post Idol.

  • Scandalfan

    I’m so glad Candice won, she’s so talented, she has a great voice but had Kree won, i would’ve been happy too, she’s very talented and has a beautiful voice.

  • MichaelChickless

    Candice is in the zebra stripes. I only watched a little bit of it but think that Angie Miller would be more marketable than the top two.

  • joel

    They’re trying to create multiple stars. The most marketable ones don’t need the trophy because they’ll be successful regardless.

  • Georgia

    I think most people did not watch because Idol was just short of being rigged this year. The top 20 were set to make sure a female was going to win. Keith Urban was a great, uplifting judge.

    On a side note, if it seems SYTYCD has been “rigged” this year by Nigel, I won’t watch it either.

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