Reigning American Idol champion Candice Glover owns the stage during her performance on the competition series on Thursday night (February 27) in Los Angeles.
The 24-year-old singer wowed the crowd with her hits “Cried” and “Same Kinda Man.” Watch her performance below!
“That was AMAZING and so good to be back on the @AmericanIdol stage. West Coast, you’re up next!” Candice tweeted. “I don’t think I’ve ever been so nervous in my whole life. I’m so glad you guys enjoyed tonight. #CandiceOnIdol.”
Meanwhile, hopeful Kristen O’Connor was sent home from the competition, leaving the Top 12: Ben Briley, Dexter Roberts, Jessica Meuse, Majesty Rose, Alex Preston, Malaya Watson, Caleb Johnson, MK Nobillette, C. J. Harris, Alex Preston, Emily Piriz and Jena Irene.
One of our early favorites from the top 30 of American Idol is definitely Malaya Watson!
The 16-year-old contestant gave a powerhouse performance of former winner Fantasia Barrino‘s song “I Believe” to cement her spot in the top 30. She even received a standing ovation from judges Jennifer Lopez and Keith Urban. Watch below!
Malaya hails from Michigan and she is a tuba player in the Southfield High School band.
“I thought it would be a cool idea to audition for American Idol because this has really been my dream all my life since I was a little kid, so I’m trying to make it come true,” Malaya said in her Road to Hollywood video.