Glover thanks fans for hometown welcome, looks ahead to Top 2

loberle@islandpacket.comMay 7, 2013 

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American Idol contestant and St. Helena Island native Candice Glover thanks the crowd and her fans for their support Saturday evening during her concert in downtown Beaufort.

SARAH WELLIVER — Sarah Welliver

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    A "Candice Viewing Party" will be held Wednesday at the Highway 21 Drive In at 55 Parker Drive in Beaufort. The gates will open at 6 p.m., and "American Idol" will be shown at 8 p.m. Entry is free, but donations will be collected to offset costs of Candice Glover's parade and concert last Saturday. Other businesses around the county, including Park Plaza Cinema on Hilton Head Island, are also sponsoring watch parties today. Donations will be collected at Park Plaza Cinema, as well.

On Friday, Candice Glover landed in Savannah to screaming fans, homemade signs and little girls who attached themselves to her legs.

On Saturday, she rode through downtown Beaufort in a parade, with thousands lining the streets in her honor.

She later put on a concert in which people arrived eight hours early to be in the front row. And during that concert, kids could be seen climbing trees to get a better look at the "American Idol" finalist.

The St. Helena Island native says it's sometimes hard to believe how her life has changed since she left for the show in February.

"It is definitely surreal," Glover said Saturday. "I'm afraid I'm going to wake up and be like in my bed, and it would be a dream."

Wednesday, Glover, along with contestants Angie Miller and Kree Harrison, will perform in the "Idol" Top 3, which airs from 8 to 10 p.m. on Fox. Each contestant will sing three songs, chosen by the judges, the producers and the show's mentor, Jimmy Iovine.

Glover flew back to Hollywood on Sunday after her hometown visit and had a load of work waiting for her. She had three songs to learn before Wednesday's show and a Ford commercial to shoot Sunday with the other contestants.

Being away for the weekend made for a busy few days, but coming home was something Glover had been dreaming of for months.

She tweeted a picture of Saturday's concert crowd, saying, "Thank you for making this the best day of my entire life, and motivating me to do my best this upcoming week. I'm so overwhelmed. I love you."

In her weekly "American Idol" video diary, Glover had more to say about her hometown:

"(It) is probably the most beautiful place anyone could ever visit. There's a lot of natural beauty. ... Everyone there is very friendly and very personal. It's a lot busier (in Los Angeles), so when you pass people by, they're just in a hurry to get where they're going. But at home, if you see someone and you happen to make eye contact, it's like 'Oh hey, how are you doing?' even if you don't really know them. It's the hometown, Southern hospitality."

During the show, host Ryan Seacrest will announce Glover's numbers for voters to use, and voting will open at the end of the program. Glover will find out if she advances to the Top 2 during the results show, which airs from 8 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Everybody can feel that finale coming, and it's so close you can taste it," Glover said. "You just want to get there."

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