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Candice Glover wins 'American Idol', Kree Harrison named runner-up

Posted by Emily Wright  May 16, 2013 09:56 PM

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South Carolina's Candice Glover took home the title of Season 12 champion on "American Idol" tonight after a hard-fought battle against Texas-turned-Tennessee country girl Kree Harrison.

Check out highlights from both girls' performances on Wednesday night below.

The finale show was packed with stellar moments, including duets by competitor Angie Miller, who made it to the show's top three. She performed alongside "Idol" runner-up Adam Lambert and her personal idol, Jessie J. After the performance, Jessie J invited Beverly's Miller to join her in a concert in the UK in the near future. Why, you may ask?

Well, according to Jessie J, Miller gave up the chance to perform her single "You Set Me Free" during the finale so that she could sing Jessie J's hit "Domino," and her idol wanted to make it up to her.

Other fun moments: Harrison joined judges Randy Jackson and Keith Urban, and Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker on stage for a rendition of Urban's "Where the Blacktop Ends." Then top five girls performed with Aretha Franklin who was live via video from the east coast, and Glover brought down the house alongside "Idol" alum, Jennifer Hudson, when they sang "Inseparable."

Amber Holcomb was joined by Emeli Sande for a performance of Sande's "Next to You," and Janelle Arthur sang "Done" with The Band Perry to open the show.

Outside of contestants' performances, the show welcomed back former judge Jennifer Lopez who sang her new single with Pitbull, "Live It Up." There are rumors swirling that Lopez will join the panel of judges again next season. Think it was a sign of things to come?

In other judges news, Mariah Carey performed a medley of her hits, and Ryan Seacrest formally announced that Randy Jackson wouldn't be coming back to the show. Jackson thanked the fans of the show for their support throughout the years.

Do you think the right person won? Are you disappointed that Harrison lost? Let us know how you feel in the comments.

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