Did 'Idol' just have its best performance ever?
April 11th, 2013
12:13 PM ET

Did 'Idol' just have its best performance ever?

"American Idol" contender Candice Glover may or may not take it all this season, but according to judge Randy Jackson, she's already given a history-making performance.

Her rendition of The Cure's "Lovesong" earned both a glitter bombing from Mariah Carey and a standing ovation during Wednesday night's show.

The top six "Idol" contestants were tasked with singing a song from Burt Bacharach, and then a song they wish they'd written.

Glover chose to first sing sing Dionne Warwick's "Don't Make Me Over," which was perfectly lovely:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqDgZuxvVQQ?rel=0&w=560&h=315%5D

But when it came time to sing Adele's cover of "Lovesong," Glover showed out and brought down the house:

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7acuT6Sydc4?rel=0&w=450&h=315%5D

As Rolling Stone recaps, Glover was just two notes in when she won the audience over.

"A song I wish I had written is The Cure's' Lovesong,'" she told the "Idol" audience Wednesday. "It was done over by Adele, and singing about love is my absolute favorite thing to do. If I was to record an album, I would definitely want to touch on that. Like, when you're alone with someone, and you just feel at peace because you and that person are so connected. There's no one in particular that I'm thinking of now as pertaining to that song, but I definitely know how that feels, and I think that's why I connect with it."

By the time she was done, Keith Urban had stepped out from behind the judges' panel to bow as his fellow judges and the audience stood on their feet and clapped in appreciation. The applause went on for so long that Glover began to cry.

"On behalf of all my judges up here," Randy Jackson exclaimed over the cheers of the crowd, "[that was] one of the greatest performances in the history, in the 12 years of 'American Idol!'"

What do you think, "Idol" addicts - have we found the season's winner?

Filed under: American Idol 2013 • Celebrities • television

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  1. Nannette Risley

    for me, of all the names mentioned above, Krystal has the most remarkable voice. i don't know why dara is not on the list.. maybe because she's not as young as them. but still, i prefer her as the prettiest. she has the natural beauty and she looks very young despite of her age. she may not be the best singer or dancer, i like her personality...^^


    December 21, 2013 at 10:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Yeng Balahan

    wow, she's the best, she has a very beautiful voice, i feel goosebumps all over whenever she sings and my heart filled with emotion. she is the real one. i dont think kelly is that good. adam is good only about screeching his voice. candice has it, raw talent

    May 2, 2013 at 3:37 am | Report abuse |
  3. Same 3

    amazing voice

    April 15, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. I am prone too know people who have and who do not

    this women has it...

    April 15, 2013 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Linda

    Adam Lambert by far has had the best performance on Idol with "Mad World".

    April 15, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Black is Beautiful

    She can sing, the fans want her and she will ALWAYS be in demand with top execs...u go girl

    April 15, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  7. Chris

    That was pretty good, but black people shouldn't be so enamored of every singer who turns one syllable into 6. That isn't necessarily good singing, it's not being able to hold a note. And there was a huge pitchy bit in the 1:30-1:40 range... singing louder doesn't cover that kind of thing.

    April 15, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  8. NY is number 1


    April 13, 2013 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • GG

      The best performances EVER in Idol history are those from Kelly Clarkson and Adam Lambert....case closed. But Candice is awesome!

      April 14, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • NY is number 1

      She has it...this girl has a voice....

      April 15, 2013 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  9. tosh and router up and running 1 week now...the question is where is it..


    April 13, 2013 at 6:22 am | Report abuse |

    April 12, 2013 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |

    this woman is a talent on idol and a good representation to black women everywhere...

    April 12, 2013 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. Mark

    OMG!!! I have never been so proud to be from Beaufort, SC as I was watching Candice Glover. The other girls were really good (Lazaro didn't perform anywhere near the level of any of the girls) BUT Candice's voice was on a totally different plane of reality. This girl has a voice every music engineer in the industry dreams of; she sings and they sit back, hit record, and do absolutely nothing.

    April 12, 2013 at 12:44 am | Report abuse |
  13. Terri---reposted


    Yes it is the official video; the sound wasn't heard in the studio but it was on every video of the song, including the show download that I have. It sounded like someone was way too close to one of the boom microphones when they shouted their 'love" ::chuckles:: But yeah its real. And yeah, what's with all the racist stupid posters these days? Sheesh..

    April 11, 2013 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  14. go further into all the american idols..thanks

    April 11, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Out She Goes Meeting in 1/2 hr...dates times etc...


    April 11, 2013 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  16. jmeakiniii

    A black person has not won idol since who Fantasia? It is so obvious that Randy, Mariah and Nikki are going gah gah over the remaining 2 black females. All the ladies are great but Candace is not one that sticks out.

    April 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. cal

    That WAS NOT the best song or singer on Idol!

    Clay Aikens "Bridge Over Troubled Water" was!

    April 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      You have got to be kidding.

      April 12, 2013 at 2:44 am | Report abuse |
    • VoiceCoach

      And that's what's wrong with American Idol. Americans who know nothing about singing get to select the winners. Candice was beyond amazing last night. One of the best performances on TV in years.

      April 12, 2013 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kiisoo blu

      Not !!

      April 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      Mine is Tamyra Gray singing "A House Is Not A Home"

      April 14, 2013 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |


    April 11, 2013 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Peace ✌

    What hap'd at 1:10 into the song?

    April 11, 2013 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Kakki

    A classy outstanding performance!

    April 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Marcia

    Candice is not the best...it is by far Kree!!!! Also, Clay Aiken did much better performances then Candice's.
    Kree and Anjie are by far much better than Candice!

    April 11, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      That's your opinion. I have been watching Idol since it's inception. I think Candace gave the best performance ever, with Fantasia's Summertime now second. Yes, Clay was good, especially singing Bridge over Trouble Waters, but it was not as good as Candace's rendention of Adele's song last night.

      April 11, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksilas

      yep they're white and God knows we need another white winner.

      April 13, 2013 at 3:36 am | Report abuse |
    • ksilas

      Clay? Who is Clay and where is he now? Oh that's right, he ended up being a nobody like many of the favorites voted for. Jennifer Hudson wasn't voted for by the white crowd either and where is she? Oh right, singing for the President of the United States of America and the first lady. But, she can't sing according to a lot of voters on this stupid show. Jennifer not only sings, she became an actress as well. There was more talent in her right butt cheek than most on the stage during her Idol performances. I hope she turns them down when they ask her to come sing for Idol

      April 13, 2013 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
    • luffing

      Marcia, Marcia, Marcia. We know what you're really saying.

      April 13, 2013 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  22. marygrace

    fan of the show for long time. was an outstanding performance!

    April 11, 2013 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Turd

    this is the racist stuff she does-that's why she is a ho...she is referring to me....

    April 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Racist...hands down..


    April 11, 2013 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  25. oh yea...

    April 11, 2013 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Donna Thompson

    We were watching it and heard that screw up – someone in the sound dept at idol messed up big time!

    April 11, 2013 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna Thompspn

      I mean the sound during the second song at 1:10

      April 11, 2013 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • wow..this looks like a cover up...too late shady


      April 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Joie C.

    I don't really care for this show but she sounds simply beautiful! This really is a great performance!

    April 11, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Can't play drums in the house...so drummers play air

    April 11, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Jeff

    Gay gay gay. And out of tune.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Tom Bergeron

    What a stupid show... The music industry is a joke anymore. I wish these kinda 'reality' shows would just go away!

    April 11, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • sassysticks53

      If you hate reality shows, then don't watch them! Very simple. Stop whining and just turn off the TV!

      April 11, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • ksilas


      April 13, 2013 at 3:38 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Dear Tom, please read your sentence anymore. You might realise there's something wrong anymore.

      April 25, 2013 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  31. Charlanda

    As a professional music producer I think this was the gayest episode ever.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Stephen Williams

    What the hell CNN? The second song was great and beautiful but at 1:10 the song someone screwed it up. That is not the official video? If so someone needs to be fired at idol for bombing this.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • breeharecnnCNN

      Hi Stephen,

      Believe it or not, that's the actual YouTube clip that was posted by Fox.

      April 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • moon627

      breeharecnn ... is this a real response from cnn ? if you are monitoring the comments than why is it you cant keep the kids from posting inappropriate words and comments ? there ought to be some kind of barrier for all the rude postings here ...

      April 11, 2013 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terri

      Yes it is the official video; the sound wasn't heard in the studio but it was on every video of the song, including the show download that I have. It sounded like someone was way too close to one of the boom microphones when they shouted their 'love" ::chuckles:: But yeah its real. And yeah, what's with all the racist stupid posters these days? Sheesh..

      April 11, 2013 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • ※Sadie※

      @Agreed- That was funny!

      April 11, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |

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