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'American Idol': Candice Glover on New Music, 'Idol' Finale, Possible Reality Show


Candice Glover performs on Fox's 'AMERICAN IDOL'

Backstage at the Wednesday night's American Idol finale Candice Glover gave an update on her current endeavors. "I'm really excited about what's coming up," the Season 12 winner said. "This year I'm going to be coming out with new music. I'm going to be in a stage play. And the biggest surprise -- I don't want to say too much because I don't want to jinx it but we are talking about a new reality show coming out really soon," she divulged.

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Glover discussed her journey post 'Idol,' which she hopes to document in the potential show. "The thing that I'm going to focus on the most is the struggle to be yourself in an industry like this. I finally have the confidence to come out with something totally different than what I was doing and totally new," she said. "There are a lot of risks and chances that you have to take as far as that." 

If picked up, the show will follow the singer prepping to perform with her dancers and backup singers and will document her the day-to-day antics both in the studio and out on the road. "It's going to be a lot of fun!" she exclaimed. 

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As far as new music, the soulful songstress said fans can expect a fresh sound that is "a bit more in your face" but will still maintain elements of her signature R&B vibe. "Music Speaks' was an amazing album. It was my baby. It was the first album that I ever made," she said. "But this album, I want to take more chances and I want to say what's really on my mind."

Glover also explained that she has had her hand in writing more of the songs on her sophomore release but that she's also teamed up with some hit-making pros. "I was in the studio the other day with one of Chris Brown's writers and he has exactly the sound and the feel that I'm going for. We just really really connected and collabed really really well. I'm taking a lot of chances this time around."

After admitting that she was secretly pulling for Clark Beckham in the 'Idol' finale, as she felt a kinship with him over his church and gospel background, Glover congratulated Nick Fradiani on his victory. She also shed some light on what his life will look like for the next few months: "Nick is not going to sleep at all. He's going to be in the studio constantly. He'll be working on the tour. They'll be doing a lot of different things," she said. 

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And as someone who has experienced the post Idol chaos firsthand, Glover shared some words of wisdom for both the new champion as well as this season's Top 12: "As long as you pace yourself in this career, you can always make it. Don't ever go too fast or feel that you have to work too hard. Always take time out for yourself."

Like everyone who appeared on the long-running show, Glover is sad to see American Idol coming to an end. She told reporters that she'd love to return in some capacity for Season 15, but not if it meant being pegged against other Idol victors. "Everybody keeps tweeting me about an all star season with all the winners. I don't know if I want to do that because everybody is so good that has won," she said. 

When pushed to say whether she could take Season 1 champion Kelly Clarkson in a sing-off, Glover laughed and said, "I don't think I could beat any of the people that won American Idol! I'm glad that I was on the season that I was on. Everybody that won is so amazing!"