Once again, Candice Glover blew off the roof with her performance during Beatles Week of “American Idol” Season 12. Candice strayed away from the norm — almost everyone else chose the more somber songs from the Fab Four — and gave a spirited rendition of “Come Together.” We talked to Candice after the performance to see how she felt.
You did a fantastic job tonight.
Candice Glover: Thank you!
You were one of the few people to do an up-tempo song. What factored into that song choice?
Candice Glover: I did not grow up listening to The Beatles at all, so it was really hard for me when I heard that the theme was going to be The Beatles. I knew that being on the show you were going to come across things that you didn’t really know, but I was just kind of dreading it. The Beatles are amazing, but I just wasn’t familiar with it.
I heard “Come Together” when they gave us the song choices and I was like, “Oh my God, I can really groove to this!” But then I got the lyrics sheet and I’m like, “What in the world! What is this song talking about?” And I didn’t know!
A lot of people wonder about those lyrics…
Candice Glover: Yeah! Like multi-fingers and toe jam and stuff like that! And I’m like, I don’t know…
They were in their experimental phase at that point.
Candice Glover: I don’t know what was going on, but it’s a rocking song and it was out of my comfort zone, but I think I did a pretty good job. I did my best.
Do you think Candy Raquel came out tonight?
Candice Glover: I think she did. A little bit! A little bit, but I think Nicki wanted her to come out a little bit more because she was like, “Give me some attitude!” I thought it was a fun song so I was smiling all over the place, but she wants me to show more attitude.
What kind of style were you trying to go for with the song?
Candice Glover: Well I definitely love the idea that I have the electric guitar and the cute guys playing the guitar next to me. In rehearsal I was like, “Woo, I like this!”
But I put a little bit of R&B, like somebody said Aretha meets The Beatles, so I kind of put the soul into it at the same time with a little bit of a growl and stuff like that. I just wanted to put my Candy stamp on it!
Was it more nerve-wracking going into this week’s performance knowing you were in the Top 3 last week?
Candice Glover: Yes. It was very, very nerve-wracking. And I was very nervous because when you make the Top 3 once, you want to always make the Top 3 and it’s a lot of pressure on you. You want to do a good job and you want America to still love you.
That’s why knowing it was The Beatles I was like, “Oh my God, I’m going to be in last place this week!” I was like, “I’m going to do horrible!” I’m my worst critic and I was just doubting myself, but once we got the song together and I learned the crazy lyrics, we got the arrangement together, everything worked out. Everything “Came Together!”
How did you feel making Top 3 last week?
Candice Glover: Just to know that America liked me… Like Ryan said, I’m from an island. And just to know that even more than that small little island of 7000 people that I live on, more people than that voted for me and voted me up into the Top 3 — I never even knew that all these people would know who I was!
And I’m like, “Oh my God they really love me!” I felt really good and I appreciate it and I just love everyone who supports me. I am so grateful to have them — my Candy Canes is what I call them!
“American Idol” will announce the Top 9 results on Wednesday, March 21 at 8pm on FOX.