Candice Glover’s Performance Last Night Is A Reason Not To Cancel American Idol

Candice Glover American Idol May 2013

I was a religious viewer of American Idol in its heyday. I voted and voted and voted for Clay Aiken from my landline. I guess it didn’t work. But I really enjoyed the show. This was before fifteen other shows imitated the same format and claimed to be different. But then once it became clear that only a few rare “American Idols” actually became American idols (i.e., Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood), and once bland white guys started to have a lock on first place, I got sick of it and stopped watching. I still tune in every once in a while to update myself on who exactly is judging this time around (Remember when Ellen was on the panel?!) and to see if anyone’s worth rooting for.

After watching Candice Glover’s tour de force performance of Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” from last night’s top four show, I’m starting to have hope that the show could get back to its roots and actually make a unique and incredibly talented artist a star. Which is why this is a really bad time for the show’s ratings to be at an all-time low for Wednesday nights.

Wouldn’t it be tragically ironic if American Idol started to get its groove back, content-wise, and then get canceled? Usually I wouldn’t object to the show getting canceled to free up a few hours in the schedule for some more original programming. But I like what I’m hearing from Candice, and I’d like to see more stuff like this, so it’s a reason to keep the show on the air. It might be the only reason to keep the show on the air.

You can watch Candice’s performance below. Be prepared to have your socks knocked off. It gave me goosebumps just listening to it on my computer. I always admire performers who take songs that weren’t necessarily written for their demographic (in this case, a song from a man’s perspective) and put their own spin on it. And I’m not the only one who thinks so, since she received a standing ovation. It was so good it prompted Randy Jackson to use words other than “man” and “dawg”:

“You can sing anything,” Randy Jackson told Glover. “This girl right here, that’s how you sing a song. Congratulations, that was amazing!”

If you’d like to compare Candice’s performance with Bruno Mars’ original, here’s the official video.

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    • barb

      She is great but don’t count your chickens…she wouldn’t be the first great one “not” to win…think about it.

      • Jenni

        Sometimes the non-winners do a lot better for themselves, like Jennifer Hudson.

      • Jill O’Rourke

        Totally. It would just be nice for someone to make a name for themselves and also be the official winner.

    • Sasha

      Clay came within a statistical tie of winning season 2 but he won in real life, like Jennifer Hudson and Daughtry, so no worries for him.

      • Jenni

        Exactly…even though he’s kinda faded away now

      • Jill O’Rourke

        I still have flashbacks to Ruben’s “Sorry For 2004.” Oh dear.

    • auntie judy

      actually Candace is so good, I hope she doesn’t win, because they always ruin the winners by forcing them into the “pop” mold. Candace is too good for “pop”. She is like joshua , last season. They are true artists, with actual “soul”.

    • Diane Smith

      I would hate for this show to be canceled, like you I’ve been watching it since it aired and still remember watching some of the originals compete. I was also really impressed by Candice Glover’s talent and performance last night. I was at work at DISH last night when this aired, but wasn’t going to miss it. I recorded all primetime shows that came on FOX with my DISH Hopper. This way, I didn’t have to set up a separate timer for American Idol.

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