At the end of the “American Idol” Top 3 performances, Candice Glover wowed the judges with her rendition of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” We talked to Candice after the show to find out her reaction to the stunning song.

Did you know that that last song would be such a great moment for you?

Candice Glover: I didn’t, no. You know, you come from your hometown visit, you don’t know these songs because they give it to you before you leave. But, of course, who would want to do that or who would want to do your hometown visit, right? So you come back and you’re not prepared and everything, so during rehearsal I thought that I was going to suck at all three songs. But I’m definitely glad that that was a moment. I really enjoyed doing that song. That was my favorite one, if you could tell.

What did you connect with in the song?

Candice Glover: The words of that song … I like to dig deep into the lyrics and see what they actually mean. They were telling me — because I didn’t know the song, I had never seen the musical — everybody said it’s about this girl, she can’t be with this guy. It’s like the modern-day “Romeo and Juliet.”

But in my mind, I was thinking “somewhere,” because I live in a place where music is not really that big of a deal. I feel like that was my way of saying somewhere there is a way out there where I can get myself across, and somewhere where my music career can happen and this is my platform. So, that’s me saying like, “Somewhere!”

After tonight’s performances, are you confident about coming back next week?

Candice Glover: Well, for the first two ones, I was iffy about those songs all week. I was like, “Oh my gosh, this isn’t me — these songs aren’t really in my wheelhouse.” But “Somewhere” was my big emotional thing. I wanted it to be a moment like “I Who Have Nothing” or “Lovesong.” I felt really confident, but not that confident. After Jimmy said what he had to say I feel a little bit better.

Randy said you topped your own moment.

Candice Glover: That was crazy, oh my gosh. I don’t know, I’ve just been near tears all night and I don’t know. I always look forward to Randy’s comments because he’s been here for twelve years so he knows exactly what a moment is and what’s not. I’m just happy and I’m ecstatic, like I said. I’m speechless!

Will Candice make it to the “American Idol” Season 12 finals? We will find out Thursday, May 9 at 8pm on FOX.

Posted by:Laurel Brown