Almost three months after winning "American Idol," St. Helena Island native Candice Glover returned to the Lowcountry on Monday night as part of the Idol LIVE! tour at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Glover, who had been counting down the days till this stop on the tour, opened the show by telling a crowd that included more than 40 members of her family, "I'm so happy to be home."
The show featured all 11 "American Idol" finalists and had a similar format as the "Idol" results shows, with group performances and song medleys. An estimated 5,000 people attended.
Glover's solos included The Cure's "Lovesong," which the show's judges had hailed as one of the best "Idol" performances ever when she first sang it during the Top 6 episode. She also performed "In the Middle," an original song co-written by Season 3 winner Fantasia Barrino, that will appear on Glover's debut album, "Music Speaks," which will be released Oct. 8.
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"It's a fun song that reminds me of summertime," Glover said.
Before she sang "I Am Beautiful" -- her "Idol" coronation song and first single -- Glover reminded the crowd that it took her three tries before she achieved her dream of becoming an "American Idol."
"There's those moments when you think, 'Am I beautiful enough? Am I good enough?' But I had to look myself in the mirror and say, 'Yes, you are beautiful,'" she said before launching into the song.
Every time Glover appeared on stage, her family -- many of whom wore purple T-shirts with Glover's picture on it, which they wore during her hometown concert in Beaufort in May -- jumped to their feet.
"We love you, Candice," her mother, Carole Glover, yelled from the audience after Candice's performance of "I Am Beautiful."
"We're seeing a side of Candice we've never seen before, with all the dancing and grooving," Carole Glover said. "She's really looking like a star."
The almost three-hour concert ended with a group performance of Season 11 winner Phillip Phillip's "Gone, Gone, Gone," and Candice saying the final line, "I'll love you long after you're gone, gone, gone."
With that, she exited the stage and blew a kiss to the Lowcountry crowd.