American Idol season finale recap: All Cried Out

Candice and Kree wait it out in a finale featuring Jennifer Hudson, Adam Lambert, Fireworks Mariah, Satellite Aretha, and more
Ep. 37 | Aired May 16, 2013

THIS HUG IS BEAUTIFUL Candice and Kree snuggle up.

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After a finale bursting at the seams with celebrity-contestant duets (Jennifer Hudson and Candice! Adam Lambert/Jessie J and Angie! Keith Urban and Kree!) and soul-searching questions (Is Randy Jackson really a dog? Is Satellite Aretha the new Hologram Tupac?), we have an official leading lady! American Idol’s 2013 winner is…

CANDICE GLOVER!

Kree Harrison is the runner-up. No surprises here; most of us (except Candice herself, she told EW) figured Candice would take it. She was the best! Kree, too, was good. It wasn't a very suspenseful finale, but OF COURSE I choked up at the end anyway. The oppressive woes of season 12 mattered not at all for a few joyful minutes as soon as Candice realized Ryan was indeed saying her name. So many tears! Such lengthy confetti! I swear they supersized it since Phil Phil's bleary-eyed victory.

Well done, Candice and Kree!

Update: Candice's debut album, Music Speaks (featuring the single "I Am Beautiful"), will be released July 16 and is being rushed for pre-orders at candiceglover-official.com.

It's all over. Chief takeaways: I am beautiful, and all cried out. Without further ado....

My Top 12 Moments of the Season 12 Finale

12. The thrilling prospect of Ryan Seacrest accidentally low-fiving one of the backup dancers (dressed in evil, shady black) instead of the Top 10 (dressed in heavenly, ghostly white) after that rousing opening group number, "Glad You Came To Lip-Sync."

11. Potential Spoiler No. 1: And the winner…is…

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Mariah Carey, in a pre-taped medley that made it look like she too was lip-syncing!

The only cool part of this: boob feathers. Worst performance by a wedding cake topper I've ever seen.

10. Someone's dad was SUPER excited to hear the results.

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Love ya, Taylor. #dadjokes

NEXT: Why, Psy?

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