South Carolina native Candice Glover originally auditioned for seasons 9 and 11 of American Idol
but failed to make it past the preliminary rounds. She finally made it into the semi-finals of season 12 after a jazzy rendition of Alicia Keys's "Girl On Fire
". Glover continued to make every song her own and her version of "Love Song
" by The Cure was said by judge Randy Jackson to be one of the best American Idol
performances in its history. She was eventually named as the winner on May 16, 2013 the first female champion of the show since Jordin Sparks won in 2007.