On Jan. 23, season 11 contestant Candice Glover made a return to ‘American Idol’ and blew the judges away. See you in Hollywood, Candice!
Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj may soon have some serious competition on the Billboard charts, because on Jan. 23, Candice Glover made her triumphant return to American Idol, and she killed it in her audition! Candice auditioned for the show last year, and made it as far as the Las Vegas round before getting kicked off, but now she is back and better than ever. Veteran judge Randy Jackson even said it was the “Best audition I have heard so far this season.” Wow! Read on and watch the video here.
Candice Glover’s Audition
Candice, 22, returned to audition for AI for the second time in Charlotte, N.C., and she blew Randy, Nicki and Mariah away with her performance of Duffy’s “Syrup and Honey.” It really was amazing!
“I am obsessed with you. I want to skin you and wear you,” said Nicki. “I’m not worthy to critique you.”
“Can we listen to you for the rest of the day?” asked Mariah. “I felt you. I felt you.” She even said it was the “best singing we have heard thus far” and she asked Candice to “make me that mixed tape.” That certainly is high praise!
Candice was given three loud yeses (Keith Urban was not present) and a yellow ticket to Hollywood week. I guess we will be seeing Candice at the live shows later this year!
Other Idols Who Impressed The Judges
HollywoodLife.com resident Caitlin Miller evaluated the Jan. 23 episode of the show, and she lists the other contestants who impressed the judges.
Brian Rittenberry stole everyone’s hearts with his boisterous, beautiful voice that brought a big smile to Keith’s face and got cheers from all four judges. Jimmy Smith, 25, started singing Rascal Flatts, and his smooth, classic country voice got a huge reaction from not just the obvious choice of Keith but also Nicki. “You poppin’,” Nicki said to Jimmy.
Isabel Gonzalez impressed Randy and the other judges, and Nicki said “I’m head over heels in love with you.” Ashley Smith is a quirky 22 -year-old with an amazing voice. She surprised the judges by singing a Carrie Underwood song and doing it almost as good as Carrie herself.
Last but not least was Seretha Guinn. Her smooth, jazzy voice simply skatted through the Will Smith classic “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.”
What do YOU think, HollywoodLifers? Who was your favorite? And do you think Candice should make it to the live shows?
— Eleanore Hutch
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