Obviously the winner of American Idol‘s 12th season was going to be a woman since this is the first time in many seasons that the two finalists are female. Other than that, I don’t give a shit who takes the prize because, seriously, are these victors (who always sound like cats being strangled) ever heard from again? Not really, except maybe Kelly Clarkson or even Carrie Underwood. This season was memorable only because of the bickering between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, and the lousy ratings down about 25% compared to last season. That said, do not read further if you want to be surprised… SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! 

 

The winner was just announced: Candice Glover, a South Carolina native who wanted to be a guidance counselor before she appeared on Idol and became the finalist opposite Kree Harrison. On the finale show the musical acts included Carey, who performed a medley that included her new single; Randy Jackson accompanying her on bass; Keith Urban, who did a new song; and last year’s judge Jennifer Lopez, who sang and danced to her new single “Live It Up” alongside rapper Pitbull. Former Idol finalist and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin (via satellite from Japan), former Idol Adam Lambert, Psy and Frankie Valli also performed on the Idol stage.

 

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