American Idol

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Michael Slezak's Wish:
That the American Idol machine doesn't give up on Candice Glover. We waited six long years for a woman to regain the crown in the singing competition that's given us Kelly Clarkson, Fantasia Barrino, Jennifer Hudson and Carrie Underwood. And while, admittedly, Season 12 had big problems -- the ridiculous Mariah-Nicki feud at the dais, a dearth of viable male contenders put through to the Top 10 -- Candice's jaw-dropping pipes and creative arrangements make her an absolutely worthy successor to the show's leading ladies. Since her win, however, the release of her debut CD has been pushed back twice -- with all her post-victory pre-orders refunded -- and her Interscope label (led by Idol mentor Jimmy Iovine) has saddled her with a victory anthem ("I Am Beautiful") and a debut single ("Cried") that have none of the instant radio appeal of Season 11 champ Phillip Phillips' "Home." With several recent ad promos touting Idol's track record in launching hitmakers -- a huge edge it maintains over NBC's The Voice -- the show owes it not only to Glover but to itself to make sure she has every opportunity for post-show success.

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