She’s been a strong contender since the beginning of Season 12, but tonight her performances were so great that the judges gave her two standing ovations! First, Candice took on the song that launched Dionne Warwick’s career, the Burt Bacharach/Hal David penned classic “Don’t Make Me Over.” Nicki Minaj praised her for making an old song sound fresh and new, while Randy Jackson called it the best vocal of the night.
Later, when choosing a song she wish she had written herself, Candice Glover decided to perform The Cure’s “Love Song.” Putting a slow and jazzy spin on the tune, Candice wowed everyone with her carefully controlled vocal runs and gorgeous falsetto. Mariah Carey loved it so much she got up from her seat and threw what looked like a handful of glitter on the shell-shocked contestant.
Randy spoke up first and said, “Let me just on behalf of all my judges up here, let me just tell you: One of the greatest performances in the history, 12 years of American Idol, right there. You show them how to do it baby. That’s what’s up.”
Candice is the first contestant on Season 12 so far to elicit such strong reaction from the American Idol judges. But do you agree? Did she just lay down one of the most memorable performances in Idol history, or was Randy being overly dramatic? Watch her version of "Love Song" again, and let us know by choosing one of the reaction buttons below!