VIDEO: Candice Glover returns to form on 'American Idol'

loberle@islandpacket.comMay 1, 2013 

Candice Glover performs on "American Idol" on Wednesday, April 10 on Fox. CR: Frank Micelotta / FOX. Copyright: FOX.

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  • To donate for the planned parade and concert:

    In preparation for a potential hometown visit from "American Idol" contestant Candice Glover this Saturday, the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce is asking for donations to fund a parade and concert on Saturday.

    If Glover does not make it into the show's Top 3, the Candice Glover Community Celebration fund will be held and used for a welcome home party at a later date.

    Either way, those who donated will not be able to receive a refund.

    "American Idol" pays for the shows' travel and expenses, but it is on the city to fund the rest of the events. Mayor Billy Keyserling estimates the cost will be about $50,000 -- which includes the staging and security, but not the overtime that will be needed for extra police force.

    "Nothing has actually been spent," said chamber spokeswoman Jaime Dailey-Vergara. "What we have done with a lot of the different companies is tell them that contingent on Thursday, this is how it's going to happen...everyone's kind of rolling up their sleeves and working with us."

    Donations can be made at any First Citizens Bank by depositing into the Candice Glover Community Celebration Fund.

Candice Glover was back to her old self this week on "American Idol."

After a shaky show last week that included mixed reviews from the judges and being voted in the bottom two, the St. Helena Island native received two standing ovations, enthusiastically positive comments from all the judges, and another "she's in it to win it" from judge Randy Jackson.

Performing in the show's Top 4, Glover sang the Bruno Mars song "When I Was Your Man," explaining that as a female she was singing the song as the storyteller.

While the song choice initially puzzled the judges because of the gender cross-over, they were more than fine with the finished product.

"When you sing like that, you could sing, 'When I Was Your Giraffe,'" judge Keith Urban said.

"We can talk about song choices, we can talk about whatever. ... Yo, if you can sing, you can sing anything," Jackson said.

The judges seemed to like Glover's second performance even better -- Billie Holiday's "You've Changed."

"There is no critiquing," judge Mariah Carey said. "This girl is anointed, your voice is spectacular."

Glover will find out tonight if she advances to the Top 3 during the results show, which airs from 8 to 9 p.m. on Fox.

If she makes it, she will have a hometown concert and parade this Saturday in Beaufort.

The parade is tentatively scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. and the concert at 7 p.m., the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce said in a Wednesday night press release. The concert will be free and held at the corner of Bay and Charles streets in Beaufort.

Glover performs Bruno Mars' "When I Was Your Man":

Glover performs Billie Holiday's "You've Changed":

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