For Glover, who tried out for American Idol in seasons 9 and 11, the third time proved to be the ultimate charm. Singing in her church since she was 4-years-old, the self-described "perfectionist" made it to Hollywood during her first two Idol tryouts "She had a great time but was only going to do one season anyway," a source tells Us Weekly of the rapper. (Reuters) – Candice Glover, a soul singer from rural South Carolina, was named "American Idol" on Thursday, becoming the first female singer to win the television singing competition since 2007. Glover, 23, defeated country singer Kree Harrison in the For months, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison have impressed the American Idol judges and outlasted the competition to wind up in the Season 12 finale. Tonight, one of them will follow in the footsteps of Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia, Carrie Underwood and Let the confetti rain! The finale match-up between Kree Harrison and Candice Glover comes to a bittersweet end amid the departure of show veteran Randy Jackson.