Before she stepped onto the "American Idol" stage Tuesday night — in front of the four judges, the audience and millions of at-home viewers — St. Helena Island native Candice Glover said a prayer to calm herself.
She was shaking. Her stomach was in knots. She wasn't sure if she was going to throw up or just faint. It's become a familiar feeling to her.
"Every time," Glover said. "I think I’m going to forget all the words."
Although those feelings are becoming familiar, the 23-year-old hasn’t let them get the best of her on “Idol” so far.
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Advancing to the top 20, Glover performed "Ordinary People" by John Legend on Tuesday during the live show in which the top 10 women performed.
"I have to make sure my confidence is on point, that I man that stage, and just impress the world," Glover said before her performance.
We're not sure about the world yet, but it was clear Glover impressed the "Idol" judges. After a standing ovation from judges Randy Jackson and Mariah Carey, all four had nothing but postive comments on Glover's performance.
Keith Urban was the first judge to comment, saying, "I love your glam. You have this old soul thing, but you make it so now, so current. And tonight was superb, baby. Beautiful."
The judge who had the most to say about the other contestants throughout the show was nearly speechless. "That's it. That's my comment," Nicki Minaj said while saluting Glover, agreeing with Urban's comments.
"Let me tell you something: Man, that was ridiculous because you sang notes that people don’t even understand how could fit into a cord," Jackson said. "I'm learning listening to you. And I love that you are one of the best singers in this whole competition."
"Thank you for that performance and sharing your gift with us and with everybody watching," Carey said. "Because you know it's amazing. You hear it's amazing yourself, so imagine how everyone else felt. So the goosebumps continue."
Glover was the last contestant to perform Tuesday night. While anxiously waiting to watch her perform, her grandmother Albertha Middleton reminded the room of a Bible verse from the book of Matthew: "The last will be first, and the first will be last."
When Glover took the stage, her mother, Carole Glover, jumped to her feet to dance. And when Candice hit the high notes toward the end of the song, the living room in her St. Helena home -- with her parents, six siblings and cousin -- came alive.
Voting was open for two hours after the show, and the Glovers spent that time calling and recalling to vote for Candice, who will find out on Thursday whether she is one of the five females advancing to the top 10 finals.
The top 10 males will perform from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, and the top 10 results show will air from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
For previous coverage of Glover's "American Idol" journey, check out these stories:
- Candice Glover goes back to 'American Idol' for third time with win in mind, March 3, 2013
- VIDEO: St. Helena woman, Candice Glover, makes top 20 on American Idol, Feb. 27, 2013
- Lowcountry native Candice Glover in Top 20 on American Idol, Feb. 26, 2013
- Beaufort's Candice Glover in American Idol's Top 40, Feb. 15, 2013
Here's the transcript of The Beaufort Gazette and The Island Packet's live chat during Tuesday's show.