Beaufort has long acknowledged Candice Glover can sing.
Next, the "American Idol" judges noticed her talent.
Now, those across the country who vote for the contestants each week have noticed that talent, too. Their votes put Glover in the Top 5 Thursday night.
After the St. Helena Island native performed The Cure's "Lovesong" Wednesday, the national media also began taking note.
Grantland.com, an ESPN-owned sports and entertainment blog, asked the question: "Is Candice Glover the greatest "American Idol" of all time?" All three commentators ranked hers in the top performances in the show's 12 seasons.
MTV.com reported "Candice sizzled" and said the performance might have given her an insurmountable lead.
And "Rolling Stone" agreed with judge Randy Jackson's declaration that it was "one of the greatest performances in the history of 12 seasons."
Thursday's results show revealed Glover and contestant Kree Harrison were the top two vote-earners, keeping them safe for one more week.
That comes as no surprise to those who saw her sing live. Glover's professor at the Technical College of the Lowcountry, Shana Hirsch, was in the "Idol" audience Wednesday night.
"I can't even describe how amazing it was in the crowd," Hirsch said. "Candice couldn't stop crying. The judges couldn't sit down. Keith Urban got on his knees and bowed down to her."
Glover will be back next week, but for Lazaro Arbos, it's the end of the 'Idol' road. Arbos earned the fewest votes, and the judges decided not to save him on the last week they could have stopped anyone from being eliminated. The judges panned Arbos' performance on Wednesday, saying he was off-key.
The Top 5 "Idol" contestants will sing again at 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox.
- VIDEO: Candice Glover wows judges again on 'American Idol,' April 10, 2013
- Grantland: 5 Questions on American Idol: Is Candice Glover the Greatest Idol of All Time?
- MTV.com: 'American Idol' Report Card: Lazaro Fizzles, Candice Sizzles
- Rolling Stone: 'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Earns Ovation With 'Lovesong'