Until this week, John and Carole Glover had to watch their daughter sing on "American Idol" from their living room, just like millions of other viewers. But thanks to friends, neighbors and a local elected official, they'll be able to see her in person.
The Glovers will be leaving their St. Helena Island home today to fly to Hollywood to watch their daughter, Candice, perform Wednesday in the top 10 on "American Idol." They'll stay for the live results show Thursday.
"Idol" doesn't pay for a contestant's family to travel to the show. So, family, friends and the Glovers' church -- Church of the Harvest on St. Helena -- rallied to help the family pay for the plane tickets, hotel rooms and other expenses for their trip to California. State Rep. Shannon Erickson, who is Carole Glover's former coworker at Hobbit Hill Preschool in Beaufort, helped organize the effort.
Erickson, R-Beaufort, posted on Facebook that an account has been opened for the Glovers at First Citizens Bank and a PayPal account has been set up in their name.
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"It's a big expenditure," Erickson said. "The Glovers have given so much to their community. This is a way for us to support them. What parent doesn't want to see their child in an exciting moment like this?"
Neither John nor Carole Glover has ever flown on a plane. Carole is nervous about flying; she's nervous about leaving her other six children at home (her father and the church pastor will look after them); and she's nervous about being on national television.
"They haven't told us anything, just that the cameras are always around," Carole said. "I'll be sure to always keep my happy face on."
But all that really doesn't matter. She is just excited to see her daughter.
"I haven't been sleeping well at all. I'm just so excited," Carole said. "I think Candice is missing her family so much."