Every week, the employees of Fripp Island Resort gather to watch their former co-worker Candice Glover perform on "American Idol."
"We call ourselves 'Cougars for Candice,' " Fripp Island resident and resort employee Susan Price said.
Before auditioning last summer for season 12 of "Idol," Glover worked as an excursions coordinator on Fripp Island for almost three years.
"We'll call her ex-coworker, because we don't think she's coming back," co-worker Merissa Liscombe joked. "We hope she comes back because she's just a good worker, but more than that, we want her to make it far on 'American Idol.'"
This week, the employees of Fripp Island Resort had another opportunity to cheer on the St. Helena Island native.
About 350 Beaufort County residents gathered at Beaufort's Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park Friday to show their support for "American Idol" contestant Candice Glover. The rally was filmed by Fox crews and will air on an upcoming episode of the singing competition.
In the Top 10 this week on "Idol," Glover sang Ben E. King's "I Who Have Nothing," to a standing ovation from the judges. On Thursday during the results show, it was announced that Glover was one of the top 3 vote-getters this week, keeping her safe for another round.
At the rally, young girls raised their hand-drawn signs over their heads. A preschool class from the Baptist Church of Beaufort chanted "We love Candice." Tupper, Grimsley & Dean law firm had their office dog, Daisy, decorated with signs saying "Candice is American Idol," and "Get It Girl."
Back at Fripp Island Resort, Glover's co-workers play videos of Glover practicing songs to prepare for"Idol" over and over again. Even when the doors are closed, those outside the building and down the lawn can hear her.
Liscombe said that Glover said she would stay in Los Angeles to pursue music if she made it far in the competition this year.
After the rally at the Waterfront Park, the camera crews headed to Beaufort High School, where Glover graduated in 2008, for a pep rally.
Beaufort resident Stephanie Britton, 24, graduated from Beaufort High School in 2007. She remembers Glover singing in the gospel choir, at pep rallies and in talent shows. She said that Glover's success on "Idol" comes as no surprise.
"We definitely knew that she was going to be famous," Britton said. "She opened her mouth and we all knew, yep, she's going to be something."