American Idol and Lowcountry Hero comes HOME

nurnberg_130201_07151_8161By Wendy Nilsen Pollitzer

Featured in The Island News

May 9, 2013

 

 

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Candice Glover was treated to an emotional homecoming last weekend as thousands of Lowcountry residents flocked to see her in person at several locations throughout Beaufort County.

The American Idol hopeful arrived to the cheers of a few hundred people at Signature Airport in Savannah Friday evening, where TV crews and reporters interviewed her about the last few weeks on the popular FOX show and her feelings about coming home. “I just can’t wait to eat my mom and grandma’s cooking,” she said. “I miss southern cooking so much!” Donning her favorite color purple all weekend, the Lowcountry Idol was poised, humbled and gracious while making numerous appearances on Saturday, even though she stayed up late chatting with friends and family Friday night. She signed autographs in Habersham after a live broadcast on 94.5 The Coast with Joel Garrett before heading to a private reception in her honor at Penn Center. She then headed downtown for the homecoming parade, which included participants and organizations who have influenced Glover’s life. A concert was held on the corner of Charles and Bay Streets, and an estimated 10,000 people watched as the new queen of soul performed her well-known hits from the show, including Love Song and Girl on Fire. Additionally, Mayor Billy Keyserling gave Candice the Key to the City. He commissioned artist Jery Taylor to weave and fashion the key made from the indigenous grass, Bull Rush to symbolize Candice’s ancestry and St. Helena Island’s unique heritage. Governor Nikki Haley also presented a proclamation citing May 4th as South Carolina’s official “Candice Glover Day.”

Local residents united for a fun-filled weekend recognizing one of their own. And, whether she wins or not, Candice Glover is a true American Idol.

From a Personal Perspective:

DSCN0655webI know, I know, I know…I am a bit biased. I was so proud of Candice’s hometown footage of Beaufort, St. Helena and Fripp Islands on American Idol. We really do live in a special place! Not to take anything away from the other two contestants’ visits, but Candice’s was graciously produced! Perhaps I am looking too much into this, but I saw a united community, one based on absence of color, wealth and status. I saw a community celebrating the hard work of a young lady who followed her dreams. I saw little children and grown men looking up to her, embracing her as a lifetime hero. I saw her friends, family and co-workers who loved her before she was famous, because she has always been an American Idol. Congratulations Candice Glover! You have made this community proud! St. Helena Island…THE CAPITAL of the LOWCOUNTRY!

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