American Idol 2013 finalist Candice Glover was unquestionably the star of the show last night. Both of her Top 6 American Idol performances were stellar, but her rendition of “Lovesong” by The Cure will go down as one of the best songs ever in the competition show’s twelve seasons on the air.
Wetpaint caught up with Candice Glover for an exclusive interview during rehearsals to find out how she’s feeling about her standing in the competition so far, which contestant she cried for “days” over when they were eliminated, and what she feels is most frustrating about being on American Idol 2013.
Q: What’s been challenging so far for you?
CG: The challenges are definitely the theme sometimes. The themes, you have Rock and then you have The Beatles and those are two things that I didn’t grow up listening to. So it was really hard for me to get accustomed to singing things that I don’t necessarily know about. But it’s all in the game, and you have to really push forward and make it seem like you have been listening to that type of music and make it seem like you are comfortable doing it. So that’s probably the most challenging thing.
Q: What about what the judges are telling you? How do you take it in?
CG: I take everything that they say, especially last week when I did a song that I wasn’t really comfortable doing, and I think America could tell that it wasn’t, in my opinion, my best performance. And the judges, they were encouraging and everything and Mariah said that she’s still waiting on me to give her what she’s been waiting on. And I think with “Lovesong” I’ll definitely do that. I definitely take what they say into consideration and put it into play for them next week.
Q: You have a certain niche. You have certain things you know you do well, but then you are given a list of songs. How frustrating is it to try to choose from that list who you are?
CG: It’s so hard when you have a theme like Bacharach and David and you don’t really know what that is or where that came from. And you have to listen to these songs and find the one that sounds the most like you. None of them, most likely, are going to sound like you because it was such an old time back in the day, but you have to find the one that you can make current and make you. And that’s definitely a challenge sometimes or sometimes it just comes easy. But usually it’s a challenge.
Q: Do you feel like tomorrow you’ve got it down?
CG: I actually do. I feel like this week will be one of my better weeks. Last week, in my opinion, wasn’t a good week for me. The weeks where I have to bounce around stage and do up tempo, and this week both my songs are pretty mellow, and that’s what I like to do so I think it will be a better week for me.
Q: Were you sad about Burnell leaving?
CG: Definitely. I cried for days and days.
CG: Yes I did. That was my brother and my best friend. I met him in Hollywood in December during Hollywood week. And we were close ever since and just for him to not be here when I wake up in the morning and come down for my call time. I look for him first and he’s not here. You know, you miss him but I know that he’s doing a lot in his career now. And he has millions of interviews, and he’s getting himself out there. So I’m really proud of him for that.
Q: You’re this really tight group, I’m sure everyone has feelings about when someone goes home, whether it’s fair or not fair. How do you deal with that in the core group?
CG: We are all a family and it doesn’t even feel like a competition and everyone’s close. So when someone goes home it’s almost like a death in the family. Like you know that someone’s sick but whenever they die you’re not fully prepared for it. And I wasn’t really prepared for Burnell to go home so soon because I know that he’s such a talent and he’s so amazing. So it hit me off guard. I definitely did not know that that was going to happen. It’s just really sad. You know you don’t really know how to deal with it. You just go through the motions every week and it gets hard every week. I was close to Curtis. I really cried for Curtis and Devon and I really love all of them. But you just have to go along with it.
Q: One boy left in the competition, a lot of estrogen left in this competition.
CG: Yeah, a lot.
Q: Do you girls get along?
CG: All of us. I think it’s because all of us have different personalities, all of us are from all over the country and it just goes together. Nobody clashes and that’s my honest opinion. I’m not just saying that because I don’t want to start any drama, but no one argues.
Q: What do you do when you’re frustrated? Because I’m sure this can be.
CG: I get very frustrated. So to avoid going off and I also have to watch the way I talk to my parents because I’m on the phone with them. And I find myself yelling at them and I have to pull back. Because it is a very stressful thing and you find yourself getting agitated and getting aggravated with people. With the girls and with Lazaro in the competition sometimes I just go off by myself. Just to avoid me telling somebody off or yelling at them or arguing with them. Everyone is pretty much together and Kree, like I said in her package, she’s my guardian angel. She cares about everybody and wants everybody to do a good job. So does everyone else. We care about each other more than anything. It’s not like, oh my God you’re going to lose and I’m going to win. It’s not like that. So everyone loves each other.
Q: What is the most frustrating part?
CG: The themes and also being away from your family for so long. I don’t think I’ve been home since January or February, and it’s the longest I’ve ever been away from home. So that’s really hard.