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Candice Glover on Her 'American Idol' Homecoming: 'I Had So Much to Prove'

The season 12 winner performed songs from her just-released album, "Music Speaks," on the Fox show Thursday night.

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The reigning American Idol returned home Thursday night. Candice Glover was back at CBS Television City to perform her latest single, “Cried,” in a medley with “Same Kind of Man,” another song from her new album, Music Speaks. And although she had sung on the Idol stage many times, she admitted to The Hollywood Reporter that at first, she found the experience “scary.”

“I felt like I had so much to prove,” she confessed backstage. “I wanted to be so good but I was really nervous at the beginning. Then I saw Keith Urban’s face. He looked so proud. It felt great to know they were all rooting for me.”

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Glover arrived at the Idol studio in the early afternoon to rehearse and had a chance to meet all of the season 13 finalists. “They’re a strong group of kids -- a young group, but strong,” she told THR. “Kristen O’Connor asked me if I let people on social media influence me. I had to tell her to stay off of social media. Don’t let people make you feel so low that you want to change your song or change your appearance. I told Malaya Watson to be herself. She is a ball of energy. She’s so young but she knows who she is and who she wants to be. I admire that about her. I talked to all the girls and it was like we were best friends. All the guys are cool, too. Nobody’s stuck up -- nobody was stuck up last year, either! -- and everybody is working toward the same prize.”

Glover’s Idol homecoming coincided with her debut on six Billboard charts, so naturally THR wanted to know if the season 12 champ was following her progress on the charts. “I don’t want to know at all but I’m on Twitter all the time and people tweet me the information so I have no choice. I heard a quote the other day, ‘I do it for their hearts, not the charts.’ I love that quote so much. I love to connect with people through music. That’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”

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Glover revealed the inspiration for the title of her album. During her Idol season, she was talking with someone from 19 Entertainment, who asked her what she would title her debut album if she won. “I told him I love the quote, ‘When words fail, music speaks.’ When I was younger, I was bullied a lot. I never said anything. I was intimidated by everybody. But there was always a song that explained what I wanted to say. I feel like music does speak when you can’t say anything. That’s why I named it Music Speaks.”

Although Glover doesn’t like to know how she is doing on the charts, her management did inform her that her album debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums list and that the top three artists were Beyoncé, Toni Braxton (with Babyface) and Candice Glover. “I feel like I’m in good company with these people who have been working so long in the business. To even have my name in the same sentence as those people, you have no idea how incredible that makes me feel.”

Twitter: @fredbronson