The Word: Is your new American Idol Candice Glover or Kree Harrison?

Top 10 finalists (standing from L-R) Angie Miller, Kree Harrison, Janelle Arthur, Devin Velez, Amber Holcomb, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, (kneeling from L-R) Curtis Finch Jr., Lazaro Arbos and
Top 10 finalists (standing from L-R) Angie Miller, Kree Harrison, Janelle Arthur, Devin Velez, Amber Holcomb, Burnell Taylor, Candice Glover, (kneeling from L-R) Curtis Finch Jr., Lazaro Arbos and

“American Idol” drew to a close last night with the final showdown between R&B songstress Candice Glover and country singer Kree Harrison. So who won the first all-female finale in six years? Spoiler alert: Your new American Idol is Candice Glover. Glover, overcome with tears, still managed to perform her new single, “I Am Beautiful,” for the coronation.

“I love it. I connect with it because of the words, and that’s part of the reason I was crying,” she said, according to USA Today.

But is the “American Idol” crown starting to get a bit tarnished? The former ratings juggernaut, which held down the no. 1 spot for years, lost more than 20% of its viewership this year, as it did last year. Could “Idol” be on its way out? The last original judge, Randy Jackson, announced that this will be his final season, so it seems likely that next season will look different, at least.

Glover and Harrison don’t seem worried. ”Candice and I, we were almost too calm, because we already feel like we’ve made it. I’m so proud of her, and so proud of myself,” Harrison said. Since American Idol runners-up seem to have about the same chance of success as winners, she’s probably right.


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