‘American Idol’ winner Candice Glover performs for students at DJJ

ccope@thestate.comMarch 28, 2014 

— Even “American Idol” superstars have to overcome self-esteem issues.

Candice Glover, season 12 winner of “American Idol,” described how she became successful and gained confidence to a small group of incarcerated juveniles Friday morning at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia.

Glover, a Beaufort County native, spoke about winning after being rejected from the show twice and having to build up her confidence to try again.

“Success is the best revenge,” Glover later told the group.

In describing her attempts at “American Idol,” she said the notoriously harsh former judge Simon Cowell is just as mean in person as he is on TV.

He told her she would only amount to a lounge singer in a hotel lobby, she said.

Instead of letting the negativity stop her, she later went on to win the entire competition.

Glover said her self-esteem was low growing up. She said she didn’t feel pretty or like she could sing well enough.

Virginia Camp, who works for DJJ and is a cousin of Glover, wanted the incarcerated juveniles to hear Glover’s inspiring story of perseverance.

“After two failed attempts, she went back and never gave up,” Camp said.

The group of teens listened to her story then asked questions about meeting famous people.

The singer described meeting rapper Drake and said Canada is the farthest she has been from home. She also said she still gets nervous before she sings, but the adrenaline rush helps her do a better job.

A DJJ teen named Shakayla, whose last name is being withheld by The State, said that “even being behind the fence,” she was glad to still have the opportunity to meet someone like Glover.

Glover’s debut album, “Music Speaks”, was released in February.

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