Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The votes are in and the new American Idol  is…Candace Glover!  The South Carolina hopeful beat out Kree Harrison during an all-star finale last night on Fox. According to THR, over 14.3 million tuned in to see who would win the coveted title.

The evening was filled with guest performances including Aretha Franklin, Psy, Jesse J, and Emile Sande. Jennifer Hudson teamed up with Glover for a duet of “Inseparable while Adam Lambert sang with the second-runner up Angie Miller for the tune “Titanium.” Current Idol judge Mariah Carey graced the stage with a song and ex-Idol  judge, Jennifer Lopez gave a high energy dance performance of her current hit “Live It Up.”

candice_glover_album_cover_p.jpg2The evening also featured a tribute to outgoing Idol  judge Randy Jackson. As previously reported, Jackson is not returning to the show. However, Ryan Seacrest assured him that the ‘door is always open.’ No word yet on whether the other Idol  judges Carey, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban are coming back for next season.

Kudos Candice! RC is looking forward to your album, Music Speaks, when it debuts in July.